Flemish Giants.....

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by mjhackwith, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. mjhackwith

    mjhackwith Member

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    Got 2 does , can I breed them to meat rabbits,, ( Californians,new Zealand) ?
     
  2. catsboy

    catsboy Well-Known Member

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    My neighbor is breeding them with meat rabbits and is get some really big rabbits. I don't know what the other bred he is using to bred with the Flemish
     

  3. arnie

    arnie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    sure they will breed ,and you will get kits with some hibred viger ,but you lose some of the efficient meat to bone ratio and feed conversion , of the NZs And Calis ,as the FGs bring ; along with their great size ; big bones ,appitites ,and slower matureing . no big deal as a homesteader you still get an edible rabbit just with bigger bones .
     
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  4. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    haha! yea, like arnie said they ought to do fine. i always put the doe in the bucks cage and never turn my eyes away! usually the deed is done within 60 seconds! But! that depends if you have a decent buck? If they don't breed within 5 min? i put her back into her cage and try again in three days and continue this until bred? I have had Good bucks that I could force breed a doe if necessary? but I haven't needed to try force breeding since I quit meat production! which was years ago! I'm sure all will go fine! If you want the biggest litter possible? I have read that you should breed the doe then breed her again no more than 12 hours later, as the eggs drop within that time after breeding. then you have a shot at a larger litter? or so I've read? seems to do ok? but some does tend to throw a large litter, upwards to 14, but many only 8-12 especially with only breeding 1 time and not the follow up breeding around 10 hours after the first time. I have bred twice about six hours apart because of no time to be ther at the tenth to twelfth hour? i don't know if there is much difference? I never kept actual records? but culled does that only had six more than twice! and kept the ones that had high number litters. Now I keep the does with eight and up because I'm not selling meat! just end up giving it away! to family and friends. make a lot of money that way!! haha! NOT! But the. I. raise rabbits for my spiritual self! not production! I hope you do well! and most of all enjoy the journey of rabbit raising! amy grandchildren all love to hold and pet them kits and Does! best wishes, ray
     
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  5. crittermomma

    crittermomma Well-Known Member

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    We bred our NZW bucks to Flemish does - got some very nice kits! Good luck!
     
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