It took a bit of figuring and some bunny sitting, but the two buns below finally made it into their new home. :)
Pepper x Benito, June 19, 2014. female 1, broken chocolate. This one had earned the name Rocket. Super nice little rabbit. Should make for an excellent pet for the young lady who picked her up. :)
In order to raise rabbits I need to know how to breed them And though what I know isn't complete, I've learned a thing or two about doing so. :)
I thought I'd share what a normal breeding OUTSIDE the bucks cage would look like.
First complete a health check. Clean eyes, ears, nose, vent/penis. No matting of front paws or groin region. Nothing that was missed in daily checks. You want rabbits that are both in excellent health (minus any moulting issues). Wafer bucked a bit when I checked her vent which is a signal that she was ready to bred. I figured she would as she's been temperamental that last few days which is how her mom would get as well. Wafer is a flemish giant cross.
Red Max is kept in a standard cage, adding a big doe like Wafer means that the cage is a wee bit cramped so Red Max and his date come outside the cage to make each others acquaintance.
Here they say hi to each other in bunny language. Note the ears are pricked forward for Max and the head is lower for Wafer. Her ears aren't flat back like she's scared or unhappy, just a young doe saying hi to a mature buck.
This prompted Wafer to do what many does do. Race around madly. You'd think she was scared of him by how madly she was racing around, but everytime he'd look at her sideways she'd stop and look him over. Isn't she a gorgeous girl?
NOTE: the tail flaps (just like her momma's does when she's in the mood) Bright expression, ears forward.. not the frightened look of a young doe looking for the quickest way out of dodge.
Anyways, everytime he'd look at her sideways and approach her she'd stop and flatten herself to the ground. He'd come over and say hi, sniff her over and occasionally paw at her which.... prompted her to run around like a mad duck again.
NOTE: the lowered head, the NOT flattened to the body ears, the flat look with her legs back and not tucked under. Ears flat to the body, low grunts and legs tucked under is a frightened doe in no mood to breed (generally speaking). Some does have ODD body language.
Eventually the two of them would finish the whole courtship aspect of their date. He approached, she lifted her rear end
and he finished. doing the classic curl and fall over routine. No squeal. He's a very quiet grunter.
Even though I knew everything went as planned, I gave them a moment to recover themselves and then I flipped Wafer over to make sure that she did have ejactulate where it was supposed to be. I've had more than one buck look to complete the deed only to find it on the tail, or on the backside, or somewhere other than intended, so doing a quick flip is beneficial. It also gives the buck a moment to go "HEY, that worked.. now breathe a moment cause...ooh.. we get to do it again!". :)
That's how I do an out of the cage breeding. It works for me. :)
This sweet polish girlie off Pepper by Benito, born June 20, 2014 is off to her new home. Two boys, one girl, a mom and a dad have a new pet for their household. :)
One excited 12 year old girlie. One friendly female bunny. One new home found.
Female girlie off Pepper and Benito, June 20,2012.
Holland Lop Kit female, off Stevie by Corbin, born June 20. Off to live on a farm with young fellow and his girl. :)
Polish offspring, from Miss Q by Ranger Born June 6 is off to a new home in Lucan. She should make for a good pet.
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.