FIRST! Make sure your doe is in good health. No fat, no abscesses, or injuries to feet or anything like that.
Be checking for signs of readiness. A pale or white vent usually indicates no desire to breed. Red or purple...better sign.
- Daily introduce doe to buck for one week. Every day, once in the morning, once at night. Some does breed at different times of the day.
- Switch the does cage with the bucks cage. Leave her in for a couple of days then introduce her to the buck.
- Add apple cider vinegar to the water (about a tsp or so) to an average water bottle.
- Take for a trip away...does will often breed after they've been for a car ride (or within two days of being at a new location).
- Change cages randomly with another doe.
- House between two male rabbits that she can smell but not get peed on.
- Tease her a bit by running fingers along her back, particularly near her tail.
- Run with a buck for two-three weeks in a big cage (I use a 4 x 4 cage
- Exercise the rabbits (running rabbits on grass can be an effective way of getting them in the mood)
- You get the odd doe that won't breed unless you bring the buck to her. NOTE: be careful doing this. Some does will attack a buck going into her space so be prepared. It's a matter of knowing your rabbits.
Tricks others have used:
- Table breed
- Tie a string to rabbits tail to get it up out of the way so you can move it to help lift the doe for breeding.
- Add wheat germ as a topper to the pellets.
- Sheer determination.. bring doe to buck every single day.
Things to note for your records:
1. difficult breeder and how you solved
2. if continues to be a difficult breeder consider this: do you want to add that tendency to your herd?
What methods have you used to get slow to breed does to breed?