Buck not doing his job

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Caelma, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Was wondering if there was any cure (besides the stew pot)
    for a buck not knowing how to do his job?

    If I try to assist (one person holding the doe and her tail up and someone else holding the buck) this buck stops all activity.
    If I leave him to himself he tries to breed continuosly but alway way to high
    and not hitting the target. I have tried him with 10 different does.

    Any suggestions before this buck ends up in the stew pot?
    He is a sr buck.
     
  2. LizinNH

    LizinNH Well-Known Member

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    How long are you leaving the buck in with the doe? Are you taking the doe to the buck's cage or the other way around? How long has it been since you tried to breed him to your does? A successful breeding only takes seconds, are you there for the duration? Has he been used successfully in the past? Is this buck new to you or a replacement you raised?


    Liz in NH
     

  3. suzyhomemaker09

    suzyhomemaker09 Well-Known Member

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    I wish mine would at least try...I'm afriad I'm going to have to replace him. He shows absolutely no interest in breeding at all, he has bred one of my does before but it was her first kindling and she didn't care for the kits..we lost them all. We are still very new to the rabbit keeping thing.
     
  4. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    I take the doe to the bucks cage, have even tried a 3rd cage
    Have tried him on and off the last 2 weeks with different does
    Yes I am there for the duration. He is trying but is about 4 inches to high up her back in all cases with all does.
    I don't know if he has been used sucessfully in the past, I thought he was.
    The buck is new, from a breeder. And he isn't young.
    Unless he does his job I've decided he is a goner, I don't have time to feed and care for critters who won't do their job. He so far has been cost (buying and feeding) and no pay back (breeding)
     
  5. Lena

    Lena Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried lifting the does rump 4 inches into the air?
     
  6. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Yes and that is what I meant about if I assist they stop all activity
     
  7. morninglory

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    When this one buck of mine was younger(He is close to 2 now),he would nearly always get so excited and he would go on the does back. Until we caught on what was happening,I would think a doe was bred and she wasnt. Now I raised him so knew he wasnt just an old buck. Now I put virgins with him and then put them with another buck. Double breed . Midas will now breed reliably with all of them but when he was younger he just couldnt get it right. If your buck is not interested he has most likely gotten old or he temporarily sterile because of heat. I always double breed any of my does as I am not into showing.
     
  8. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    How do you maintain vigor and improve production in your herd
    without knowing which buck sired your replacement rabbits?

    Linda
     
  9. LizinNH

    LizinNH Well-Known Member

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    Well, if it were me I would leave the buck in with a single doe until he learned how to do it right. It might take some time but he should learn. When he has gotten right , then move him on to the next doe.

    Liz in NH