2-month-old Holland Lops, Male and Female

by Peter
(Ontario, Canada)

Hi there! I will be getting a male and a female Holland lop from different breeders, both approximately two months old. Is it okay to keep their pens close by to each other where they can see each other? Eventually, when they turn approx. 6 months, I want to try breeding them.

Is there anytime prior to six months they can play together? Or is the natural instinct is to mate?

***** Karen Sez *****

Sounds like you have a great plan in place. :-)

The two bunnies can safely play together until they are approximately 11 weeks old. After that...all bets are off.

I actually doubt they could produce offspring at 12 weeks old, but I've heard stories, especially involving the smaller breeds! That's why my unofficial cut-off age is 11 weeks old.

And yes, the natural instinct of male and female rabbits is to mate.

Lots more explanations in these resources:
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver.
Rabbit Reproduction.

Enjoy your rabbits!

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