Take two.....

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Back2Basix, May 9, 2017.

  1. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    Well my first month or two with breeding rabbits didn't go as planned. 1 doe was actually a buck, which fed my wife and i for about 3 meals each (yum yum). 2nd doe was a mean mean aggressive creature. Hissing, charging, biting, skittish, no interest in breeding, etc. Needless to say, Saturday night i fed 6 people for a cookout and had leftovers for Monday.

    Feeling defeated, i was determined to figure out a rabbit breeding/meat production process to feed my wife and i, plus my buck is such a nice dude that i had to find some ladies for him.

    So my supplier (aka coworker/farming friend) felt bad and gave me 2 new tried and true does that just kindled 4-5 weeks ago. They're Cali's & my buck is a NZW and let me just say, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!

    1. These new girls are much more docile. Don't mind being held, pet, etc

    2. They bred like champs. I bred them less than 24hrs after getting them and though there was a little hesitation with one, once my buck whispered sweet nothings into her ear and gave her a nice shoulder massage, she was feeling hot and heavy.

    3. Breeding went flawlessly with both. 2 successful mounts the first interaction and 2 more successful mounts about 3-4hrs later.


    Now it's time to build some nesting boxes and 2 large grow out hutches for when they are weaned.

    I'm thinking I'll separate does and bucks from mom at 4 weeks and re-breed her then.

    Any advise now that things seem to be working??
     
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  2. ladytoysdream

    ladytoysdream Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cals are sweet. They were my breed when I did meat rabbits for breeding stock.
    I have downsized to pet rabbits now, 5 pounds and less.

    Make sure they have a nest box a few days before they are due.

    I would leave the babes with mom till at least 6 weeks. I usually left them
    till 8 weeks. You could breed mom at 6 weeks. 4 weeks is pushing her a big hard.
    It's going to depend on how many she has per litter. Big litters give her some time
    to recoup.
     
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  3. Marinea

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    Also consider summer heat when breeding. Extra stress for the doe if she does catch, and possible sterility for the buck in the heat.
     
  4. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the heads up. I don't think waiting 6-8weeks would be an issue since I'm just providing meat for my wife & I and usually a monthly food drop at my grandma's to help her.

    What's the usually going rate for juvenile live or dressed rabbits?? If thinks start producing too fast i might try to sell some on Craigslist.

    Also, I'm in big 4H/County Fair country. Any possibility making money outside of just "meat" production??
     
  5. Back2Basix

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    Thanks, I've read that. Right now they're in the garage but i want to try and build some outside hutches under the shade of a few large pine trees. Should protect from direct sun and wind/snow in the winter
     
  6. Back2Basix

    Back2Basix Well-Known Member

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    There are 3 county fairs within 10 miles of mine, not to mention 75% of my muscovy sales went to farms in northern Indiana (big amish country) Plus 4H, FFA, etc.

    Just weighing my options to see if a little extra $$ could be made
     
  7. ladytoysdream

    ladytoysdream Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I used to sell my purebred Cals as breeding stock.
    I got $ 25 each at 8 weeks old.
    4H is always good option for a purebred animal.
    My older proven animals I got $ 40 each for the does.
    Bucks would depend on how many extras I had and
    if I had to move them out quicker.

    Not much money in meat rabbit sales here.
    Better to eat them your selves.
     
  8. Lookin4GoodLife

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    Good for you. :)
     
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    Lookin4GoodLife Well-Known Member

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    You might look at various ethnic groups in your area for fresh meat sales, just be prepared to sharpen your pencil and know what your true costs are.