Telling sex of bunnies

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Rainbeau777, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Rainbeau777

    Rainbeau777 Active Member

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    I have several 8 week old bunnies and I cannot tell if they are male or female. They all seem to have the same anatomy. I can tell the difference between my mating pair's anatomy, but not the babies. Could it be possible I have all bunnies of the same sex? How can I tell?
     
  2. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    Possible, but not probable.

    I'm betting it's just a lot smaller than what you're used to.

    I suggest enlisting some help. Have a couple friends hold bunnies side by side so you can do some real comparing, instead of picking up one at a time.

    Good luck,
    Meg :)
     

  3. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Perhaps these web sites will help you to sex very young rabbits. When sexing rabbits under the age of 5 weeks, even I have to use another person to hold the baby bunny so I can use both hands, just to make sure. At 8 weeks of age, I don't seem to have that problem.

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

    Pat Lamar
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  4. Nathan Forrest

    Nathan Forrest New Member

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  5. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    >The vet said that it is impossible to tell at this age, it is better when they are about 12 weeks.<

    12 weeks will surely be much too late and you will likely have fighting rabbits and taking a chance on unplanned pregnancies! Your vet is definitely wrong about this. Chances are, you're not pressing down on the casing to make the organ protrude enough to see it. Testicles will begin developing around 10 weeks of age... some later than others. During the fryer stages, the bucks tend to be larger than the does (the does catch up and surpass them later on).

    Did you check out the web sites I listed in my previous post?

    Pat Lamar
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    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/