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Breeding questions

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning and Raising Young Rabbits' started by Jesusfreak101, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Jul 20, 2018
    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    So I have a buck who I was breeding with two does but one of my does died (predator related) I was thinking since my other doe has five kits I might keep a kit from her to breed to him when I figure out which ones female. I intend to use them for meat. I could buy another doe I was also thinking about doing that. My current buck is show quality my current doe is not. I had thought to add a show quality doe but I have to wait on that. ThoughtS?
     
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    promiseacres

    promiseacres Herd Master

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    are you askng if you should keep a doe to breed back to her father?
    if so I don't see any problem in line breeding. in fact have 2 litters of a grandson/grandmother breeding very happy with the results
     
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    Yes I know you can't breed siblings I just forget if father and daughter are okay.
     
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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

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    Actually, you can bred siblings in an attempt to lock in desirable traits, but you can also lock in some undesirable ones as well. I had a whoops! when we thought a doe was a buck and she was impregnated buy her brother(s). Not a problem.

    Many breeders prefer father to daughter, mother to son, or half-siblings, and further out like uncle to niece and so on.
     
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    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    Ooooooo ok yeah I just want fat healthy rabbits lol at this point I just breeding for family meat.
     
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    Jesusfreak101

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    When can you sex them mine came sexed I had to reset so I knew who was who but when do you sex for the first time?
     
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    Bunnylady

    Bunnylady True BYH Addict

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    If you know what you are looking at, you can sex them at birth.
     
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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

    Tale of Tails Rabbitry Loving the herd life

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    I usually know their sexes at two to three weeks and mark their ears with numbers, because I weigh each one about once a week starting at three weeks, but you can wait until they are weaned. Kind of depends how hands on you want to be and how you manage your rabbitry.
     
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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

    Tale of Tails Rabbitry Loving the herd life

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    Yes, with very good eyesight or very good reading glasses. ;)
     
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    Bunnylady

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    Seriously! Teeny, tiny little body parts - especially on the dwarf breeds. I don't usually want to know that badly these days . . . I kinda want to see if they are likely to make it, first.:th