Hoppy Days Ranch

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Breeding

We don't breed does until they're 6 months.  We bred our first doe a little early, and she died during delivery.  Although some does do die while kindling, we can't help but wonder if we should have waited.  Bucks seem to get "interested" around 4-5 months.  If you put a doe in with him, you'll be able to tell pretty quick if he's ready.  We still wait until 5 or 6 months for bucks, but that's just our preference.

When breeding, you want to put the doe into the buck's cage. Rabbits are territorial to a degree, and bucks need the dominance when breeding.  The two rabbits may spend up to 10-15 minutes stomping their feet and chasing each other before getting to business.  We monitor them during this time to make sure they don't start biting each other.  If the doe is pregnant, she will NOT be happy being put into his cage. If you leave her in there too long, she may seriously injure him.  Generally, an experienced pair will finish within 2 or 3 minutes.  An inexperienced pair may take up to 30.  First time does may take more time submitting.  I've had to hold her down by the shoulders to let him get her.  You can tell the buck is done when he falls off her.  Believe me, you will know it when you see it.  If you're not sure if the breeding was successful, put her back in with him 10-12 hours later. This session should be considerably faster than the first.

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