How do you tell?

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Timedess, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. Timedess

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    I can't figure it out. Some of you have mentioned separating the boys from the girls as early as 8 weks (if I remember correctly). How do you tell??? I found some info on it, and I thought it was pretty straightforward, but I can't tell!!! First, I thought they all looked like boys.... Now I think they're all girls!!!! How do you tell, and that, early enough to separate them before it becomes OBVIOUS but in a way that you end up with 36 rabbits, rather than just 6....????? :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  2. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Try these links:

    http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/Rabbits/rabsex.html
    http://www.debmark.com/rabbits/sexing.htm
    http://members.clnk.com/busybunnies/sexing.htm
    http://www.geocities.com/dutchrabbitinfo/sexing.html
    http://islandgems.net/sexing.html

    I believe the last link is the best one. You also have to remember to press down on the furred casing enough to make the organ protrude enough for a good visual identification. The younger the rabbit, the more difficult it will be. May require two people... one to hold the rabbit, the other to use BOTH hands (one on each side of the casing) to sex the rabbit.

    Pat Lamar
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    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, 2005 ARBA Commercial Department Committee
     

  3. Timedess

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    Thanks, Pat... I'll try again, now that they're a little older. They're all black, so it's hard to tell them apart. In fact, I CAN'T tell them apart! It'll be great when dh gets the hutch ready for them. Then I'll only have to wait for warmer weather so we can put them outside.
     
  4. Pat Lamar

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    That's easy.... as you sex each one, use a magic marker to write "D" (for doe) or "B" (for buck) on the inside of one ear. It should remain legible for a few days. That way, even if you had to put them all back into the same cage, again, you can quickly tell which is which just by checking the ears. In fact, because I often entered meat pen classes, I would weigh them at the same time and mark each one as "D-1" or "D-2" and so on numerically and the same with the bucks. That way, I knew which one weighed what when I noted the weights on a clip board.

    Pat Lamar
    President
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, 2005 ARBA Commercial Department Committee
     
  5. Timedess

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    Thanks for the tip, Pat. Think a Sharpie would work? :haha: Those are the only markers I have around here! I'll try that.
     
  6. Pat Lamar

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    Details, details! :D Actually, I meant Sharpie, as the larger ones are just too big. Just don't use the fine point, okay?

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  7. Timedess

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    :haha: you mean i shouldn't pierce their ears??? :haha: