Breeding Rabbits. Breeding domestic rabbits, from mating the buck and doe, to
weaning the bunnies. Here are links to all the reproductive and maternal stages
of rabbit breeding.
We filled the web pages with as much detail as reasonably possible.
We filled the web pages with as much detail as was reasonably possible.
And then, from mating to weaning, we completed all the information, doubled the number of photos and details, and put it all into our108-page e-book titled Rabbit Reproduction. This e-book provides much more than our webpages can contain.
This e-book is in PDF form, easily readable and printable through any free PDF reading software such as Adobe Reader. Your purchase provides you with an immediate download link so you can receive your copy of Rabbit Reproduction without delay. It will ALL be conveniently at your fingertips when you need it.
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver is another printed resource which will answer your questions from mating to weaning, and of course every other aspect of raising rabbits.
Here are our web pages on the topics of breeding rabbits and the stages of rabbit reproduction
But first: Are your rabbits in good condition and capable of reproducing? Obese rabbits have difficulty reproducing. Obese rabbit bucks are less fertile, and if the obese rabbit doe does manage to conceive, she will be at additional risk for complications. Check the Obese Rabbit page for more information.
Rabbit Mating: To mate rabbits, take the doe to the buck. Important: if you
take the buck to the doe, the fur will fly, as does are very territorial. If
she's not 'in the mood,' she'll wreak havoc on the buck.
After the rabbit breeding, the
gestation period for a female rabbit (doe) is 31 days. The doe can kindle (give birth) between day
28 and day 35, however 99% of the time she’ll be punctual - between day 31 and
Pregnant Rabbit: Is
the doe really pregnant? Here are some signs to watch for in
a pregnant rabbit.
Rabbit Pregnancy: More
info on rabbit pregnancies - get practice interpreting
confusing rabbit pregnancy signs in one breeder's three Californian does.
Rabbit Nest Box: How to prepare the rabbit nesting box and when to place it in the doe's cage. (Nest boxes are essential for breeding rabbits. We prefer metal nest boxes, but, some wood nesting boxes will serve very well. This one comes in small, for small rabbit breeds, and large, for meat rabbit breeds. It might even fit some of the giant breeds.)
Fetus Images: Just so you know, a rabbit pregnancy
occasionally doesn't go exactly as planned.
Rabbits Giving Birth: The glorious moment usually occurs in the middle of the night, though this is not a hard-and-fast rule.
Warming Chilled Kits: We hope you never discover a kit on the cage wire with the body temperature of a popcicle. But there might still be hope, unless the kit is frozen solid...
Taking Care of Baby Rabbits immediately after kindling, and
especially if the doe needs a helping hand during or shortly after kindling. Keep an eye out for little kits dropped accidentally outside
the nest box.
Weaning Worries - all kinds of fears and misguided ideas exist on the web about bunny weaning! Allay your fears by learning the biological realities of weaning young rabbits, so you can safely wean your rabbits, or purchase a safely weaned bunny.
Sexing Rabbits - how to determine the gender of the baby bunnies
as early as 2-3 weeks of age.
Info on Rabbits and Bunnies: Rabbit information, including frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) about pregnant rabbits, rabbits giving birth, and taking care
Excellent Natural Doe Conditioners and Lactation Aids
When to re-breed a doe depends on a number of different factors. Some breeders simply breed every three months. This gives the doe plenty of time to rebuild her condition. Others let the doe's condition dictate the rebreeding schedule.
Breeding rabbits can provide unforgettable experiences when done wisely, and is especially valuable for teaching kindness, empathy, and animal husbandry to children.
"The righteous man regards the life of his
animal" (Proverbs 12:10)
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