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So all the articles and videos etc that I've been putting on my blog i am putting links to in an articles section in my sidebar. Trying to make it easier for people (including myself) to find posts on particular topics.
You can find it here.
Doesn't it look nice? I didn't need to add all the different rabbits I do, but it has the guinea pigs and the mice, and will serve my son and I well for the next few years eh? :) and when it doesn't I'll just get a new one made. :)
I can't say the buns were impressed.. I KNOW that Gogo was NOT happy with me at all.
I trimmed nails.
99% of the buns cooperated very nicely.... Lena was unimpressed with me as well.
I was happy to see the Spot On's nail is growing back. I've never met such a more accident prone bunny in all my days. My goodness ... if that young buck can find a way to hurt himself he will.
Got the rack and cages cleaned up that I'm selling.
i was smart and turned the trays upside down so that they wouldn't get filled with rain before the sale.
Got the old dog kennel nicely cleaned up as well.
Took pictures of ALL the rabbits too, and have mostly updated the site.
Next nail trim will be right before I go on holidays.
Today I got some rabbits bred, I have a fellow wanting a solid coloured polish for his job, so I thought I'd try to get him one. :) Hopefully I will get some nice kits from the matches I made today. Button, pictured below, I bred to Mitch.
One of the things I find fascinating about raising rabbits is the sheer amount of ways people choose to breed their rabbits.
My methodology: I breed in 2 or 4's normally. I check does for signs of readiness, I pick times when I know I'll be around to see them kindle and to sell their offspring. I stick the doe in with the buck and allow him to mount her 2-3 times and then I pull her out and I'm done.
Other methods I've heard about
1. put doe in with buck, allow to mate as often as they wish until they no longer wish to do so. Remove doe to own cage. Done.
2. bring buck to doe's cage. This can be risky as many does don't much like having their space invaded. Done.
3. Bring doe to buck, allow to mate 2-3 times, then remove doe. anywhere from 2-12 hours later, return doe to the bucks cage for a repeat breeding.
4. Breed a doe to a variety of bucks. Those who do this say that it increases the amount of offspring desired. This would NOT be useful in a show/pedigree program as you'd never to be sure which offspring belongs to whom.
5. MOST methods allow to independent breeding, but there are some folks who will ONLY table breed and have trained their bucks to wait until they position the doe and then assist in the breeding. Table breeding has it's place and time, but is not a method I tend to utilize though I have on the odd occasion (like when you have a doe who WANTS to be bred but simply won't lift for the chosen buck).
NOW, with all methodologies used it is good to be able to see what other folks do so you can try things differently if you have a problem doe.
For instance... I had a doe once who was a bear to breed until I learned that she prefers the buck to come to her. If I did so, she would breed eagerly. Her daughters were the same way. :)
I've had does that I've purchased in or had given to me that could be challenging to breed and learned that sometimes table breeding can be an aid.
I had one doe that I struggled to get kits off of, and one time decided I'd go out every four hours and breed her...and finally I got a litter of five kits off her. Previous attempts at breeding had resulted in litters of ONE. Rather tiresome that.
I have one buck that won't breed rapidly. he will breed once, and then he'll cuddle and make nice for the next five minutes. I've learned, let him breed, let him cuddle for a minute, remove the doe and 10 minutes later give the doe back. I dislike this prolonged breeding routine and will be looking to replace him at some point.
So different methods sometimes work.
MY preferred method is to let the rabbits simply do their thing without any more interference than necessary. That's what works best for me. :)
Today I did some revamping of the website. I think I will be posting most of my information on the blog attached to my website.
Facebook won't let me link to my blogger accounts, so I'm making some changes to how I do things.
I changed the layout and am working on adding different pictures to each page.
I would like to come up with a picture or something unique for my link pages.
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.