Female Rabbit Keeps Trying to Turn Around While Breeding

JT17

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New member here! Have a question for those with more experience as I am just starting into this venture with meat rabbits. I have a breeding age doe and buck. I tried to breed them but every time I do, when the buck mounts, the doe always turns around and sticks her head in his crotch and then just sits there. Now, I've heard that the doe will sometimes castrate the buck if angry, but I don't know if thats truth or just a myth. Any advice would be great!
 

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Not a myth, but also not common. I don't know where you are located, but if it is summer there, it usually is not the best time of year to breed. Pregnancy and heat are not good combinations.

Check her vent. If it is light colored, she probably is not hormonally as ready as when it is red. If you switch their cages or place them next to each other for a few days, it might trigger her to be more receptive.
 

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Not a myth, but also not common. I don't know where you are located, but if it is summer there, it usually is not the best time of year to breed. Pregnancy and heat are not good combinations.

Check her vent. If it is light colored, she probably is not hormonally as ready as when it is red. If you switch their cages or place them next to each other for a few days, it might trigger her to be more receptive.
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I agree with the above. Our doe had a litter at the end of April and we just weaned them. Having her sit with her bunnies made her really warm even this early in the year. I'm not sure if it is scientific, but I think they don't produce as well. At least that has been my experience. I get larger healthier litters closer to the fall.

If you are concerned about injury, you can hold the doe in place to help the buck out. Especially if it's warm. It shouldn't take long though!

Good luck and lots of bunnies to you ; )
 
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