If you decide to breed your rabbits it can be a fun experience and can be done for both profit, raising purposes and of course because you enjoy it.
Regardless of the purpose behind you breeding rabbits their are guide lines and precautions that must be followed. Rabbits are fragile animals and they do need to be taken care of during breeding, you should only attempt to breed rabbits if they re in a proper environment and in a loving home.
One of the important factors is room, as a rule you should have a square foot of space per pound of rabbit when you re breeding, this room will ensure the proper development of your rabbits off springs.
if you are planning to become a full time breeder you should consider high quality robust hutches often breeder convert an outdoor shed to breed their rabbits as this not only provides security but also plenty of space which is obviously needed when breeding.
If you do not have a shed to convert then a large 6 foot hutch with a run will usually suffice for most rabbits providing they are not a very large breed.
there are of course other precautions such as ensuring the rabbits that you are breeding from are both healthy and old enough, if possible check their family history for any disease or defects. If you are at the stage of looking for rabbits to breed from then you must look into their family history and ensure that their parents have a good temperament nd are in good health.
You want the healthiest stock of bunnies because they will produce the healthiest rabbits for you. When breeding make sure you take every precaution you can and follow this guide to rabbit breeding as well as carrying out more thorough research.
Genetics also play an important part in breeding especially if you plan to sell your rabbits for profit, your intention should be to breed stunning looking rabbits of show standard but still ensuring that they are healthy.
Many owners believe that breeding rabbits is easy, we have all heard the saying ‘breeding like rabbits’ but often this is not the case. Firstly lets start with the basics ;
Typically a female or ‘doe’ should not be bred from until they are at least 6 months old, a male or ‘buck’ will be read by the time he is around 7 months old, never attempt to breed younger rabbits as this is dangerous both to the heath of the mother and her young.
If you are looking at producing show winning bunnys then as mentioned previously you should ensure that the rabbits that you are breeding from have show winning ancestors, this information can be found on the rabbits pedigree listing.
Breeding rabbits ?
Best Answer: by Karen
It’s theoretically okay. Many of the most skilled breeders do this, however they are very careful which animals they select. They want to ensure that they don’t breed together two animals that carry the same flaws (say, pinched hips or poor ear carriage, etc.), because the offspring might end up with that flaw fixed in their body type and in their genes. Animals that are too severely flawed cannot be showed, and can’t be used to improve the breed. They usually end up on the dinner table or as raw entrees for Fido or Fluffy. What breeders do is select the animals with the best ‘type,’ or at least, animals that compliment each other, for closely related breedings, so the offspring will be improvements genetically over their parents.
So yes, it’s okay to breed father to daughter, but you need to plan well and breed carefully, unless you’re good with lots of rabbits going into the stew pot.
Two rabbits from the same litter (bro/sis) are actually not as close a breeding as father to daughter. Siblings are 50% of each parent, while the offspring of father to daughter actually end up with 75% of the father’s genes. This is because the father is both father and grandfather. I don’t have a problem with doing a sibling breeding, just as long as their body types are good enough to warrant it.
Can you breed domestic rabbits and wild rabbits?
Best Answer: by Ratty Rockstar
By doing so, you will be breeding unwanting traits back into your domesticated bunny.
Wild bunnies (wild animals, in general) are just that: WILD. Ones kept in the home (or well, in general), will become aggressive once they hit sexual maturity. They are “pet” rabbits, and are nothing like them.
If you have to ask if this can be done, then you have no business breeding anything with anything. But you definitly have no business breeding if what you are wanting is to breed those wild qualities BACK into bunnies after people took hundreds of years of selective breeding to get sweet tame domestic bunnies today.
Also, whos to say I wild rabbit would hurt your rabbit? It most likely would no enjoy being cages, and would hurt itself or your pet in the process of trying to escape. OR, you never know what diseases and parasites a wild animal might be carrying. You could expose yourself or your pet to and it make you very sick or it could be fatal.