I have a small rabbitry of terrific mutts. My two senior does currently have their second litters of 10 and 8 youngsters, now eight-weeks-old. There is one runt in the larger litter but otherwise the youngsters look very promising. I set aside one lovely little buck (farmed him out to my sister's friend as a temporary pet - and he may or may not come back...LOL.) Since I sold a young doe and buck from the first litters ($20 each - who could resist?) I do not have a back-up should something happen to my herd sire. My current buck (father of all the youngsters) is a bit smaller than average, but very chunky and he seems to pass this meatiness on to many of his offspring. There is a huge young buck in the larger litter - he must be half a pound heavier than any of the others! Is he desirable to save as a breeder or would I be better with an average sized buck? What characteristics do you look for in young meat rabbits when choosing future breeding stock? Size, conformation, disposition? What else... and what is most important? What undesirable characteristics should I watch out for? The one factor I don't have to consider is breed standards (and I love the variety of colours and patterns in each litter) but I do want to select for improvement of the herd and I am hoping for pointers from more experienced rabbit breeders. Thanks so much!