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At What Age Do You Retire Does?

Discussion in 'Breeds and Breeding - Rabbits' started by GypsyG, Jan 1, 2019.

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    GypsyG

    GypsyG Loving the herd life

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    I have a wonderful doe named Zelda. As of yesterday, she has a beautiful litter of 10! Zelda is 4-1/2 years old. I've tried twice to retire her, but she gets visibility depressed if you don't let her have and raise kits! She is just such a wonderful, cheeful mother that I keep letting her do what keeps her happy. This new litter has got me thinking, and I was wondering... At what age do y'all usually retire your does? How long can a doe continue to reproduce without causing harm to her health? I would love to hear some of y'all's experiences with breeding senior does.
     
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    GypsyG

    GypsyG Loving the herd life

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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

    Tale of Tails Rabbitry Loving the herd life

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    It depends on condition and if the kits are born healthy and how often you bred her. Usually, around four years for most of mine, but some only three years and some close to five.
     
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    GypsyG

    GypsyG Loving the herd life

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    I do 6-7 my younger does, but I have cut Zelda down to 3-4.
     
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    DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Loving the herd life

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    She's so pretty!!! What breed is she?
     
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    GypsyG

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    She is a mutt with lots if satin, and a little rex and Flemish. :)
     
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    DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Loving the herd life

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    Cool. Her coloration is amazing.
     
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    promiseacres

    promiseacres Herd Master

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    I would stop breeding when her litters reduce significantly in numbers or the amount she can raise. Sounds like she's still doing great.
     
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    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    Listen to Zelda. She will tell you.
     
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