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What age do I wean the bunnies at?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning and Raising Young Rabbits' started by Stina, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Jan 1, 2019
    Stina

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    6EE2149C-1E05-4F44-A937-CCFF958AA399.jpeg My doe had a successful litter 2nd time around & they are now 4 weeks old. I have read a bunch of different opinions on what age to wean the little ones. They are New Zealand X Flemish giant X Californian...they’ve been eating from 2 weeks old. Any suggestions from experienced breeders...
     
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    GypsyG

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    I take the doe away from the kits instead of taking the kits away from the do. I do it at five weeks. I leave them in the hutch they grew up in together for one more week, and then I divide them by sex and put them in grow out hutches at six weeks.
     
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    Sundragons

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    I leave them with mom until 6 weeks, then into sexed grow-out cages for 2 weeks before they're ready to go to new homes. we have more room in our grow-out pens than in the regular adult cages, so for us it makes more sense to take the kits away from mom than the other way around. Either approach works just fine, just depends on how you're set up. :)
     
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    DutchBunny03

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    Kits usually have almost weaned themselves around 4 weeks, but its best to leave them until 7-8 weeks to be safe. Remove the biggest kits first.
     
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    DutchBunny03

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    Beautiful babies btw. What breed was the sire? They look nothing like the mom.
     
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    Stina

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    Mother is New Zealand X Californian
    Father is New Zealand X Flemish Giant

    They’re both from different breeders. I also bought a grey doe from the same breeder I got the sire from & she is huge! I would say my grey doe is more Flemish giant...I’m a bit afraid she is too big for him to successfully mount...
     
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    Stina

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    9AF45BC2-42DA-4037-8525-B00D95710B69.jpeg 1D323546-E5A4-4006-8362-B170340F8523.jpeg 8F23C431-D4C4-4021-9C90-0698C76CEFEF.jpeg Here’s some pics from today
     
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    promiseacres

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    Depends on your purpose. Meat breeders usually wean earlier.
    I wean at 5 to 6 weeks. Smaller kits maybe 7 to 8. We raise show bunnies.
     
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    DutchBunny03

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    They're so adorable!!
     
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    Stina

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    They’re meat rabbits
     
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