Rabbit Breeding

Rabbit Breeding

So you have had your first experience of rabbits and you want to breed them. Where do you start I here you say. Don’t just put two rabbits together who look cute like so many others have done before you. Think about the rabbit’s welfare and what it will mean in the long run.

Read my article on Quality not Quantity. The first thing you have to do is buy good quality pet stock of the same type that you know the history of. Eg have the parents been bred from the same type of rabbits and what quality are the parents? If you buy your rabbits from a pet shop chances are that they know nothing about the rabbits, how they have been bred, what the parents are like etc so it is better to go buy from a reputable breeder. To be sure that the breeder is ethical read my article on Happy and Healthy Bunnies.

 

The next problem to confront you when breeding rabbits is how to deal with them when they reach sexual maturity and go through hormonal changes. They can be quite tricky to deal with, especially if the parents are not very friendly. Read how to deal with Hormonal Changes here.

 

Lastly, you are sure to have Faders in some litters over time. You have two choices on how to deal with this problem. You can either let nature take its course or you can try to save them. Read my article on Faders here.