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Woo-Hoo! I finally got my meat rabbits bred this weekend.

The does had taken vows of chastity.... they were NOT breeding like rabbits. But my boy got the deed done this weekend; it did take swapping cages so she could smell him... but she was receptive after that.
 

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rosesinwinter really rabbit porn watcher!!! on a more serious note good job on the mating part there. keep us updated and maybe some pictures cause i'm think'n about whatch'n some rabbit porn also. erm i mean breeding meat rabbits.
 

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How do you kill em? neck breaking? hammer?
 

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Can you get rabbits mail order they way you chickens?

I haven't found a site that sells them mail orer.
People don't like to ship rabbits and it's expensive. Best to find a breeder near you.

There are a number of meat varieties to choose from - I picked a breed that will give me both meat and fur.
 

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so what breed did you go with roses?
I have American Silver Fox. If you want to sell extras to a slaughterhouse, they'll only buy rabbits with white fur, like New Zealands.

I liked the idea of raising a Heritage Breed, but they are rare and it took a while to find the starting stock.
 

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The angoras are also meat rabbits, but mainly bred for their angora fur. If you have someone who would like the fur to spin into yarn, these might be worthwhile.

Flemish Giants are the largest breed, but have too much bone. A lot of the weight is bone, not meat.
 

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i see yeah i'm going for the food and clothing reasons for raising rabbits more on the food side than the fur side as pelts will last longer than the meat will
 

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i see yeah i'm going for the food and clothing reasons for raising rabbits more on the food side than the fur side as pelts will last longer than the meat will
Yeah.... I want both the meat and the fur. It'll take a few furs to do anything, but they'll save up. The Silver Fox have a little longer fur than average, so should be a little warmer.
 

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i bought some rabbits few months ago and i cant get them to mate ???
Exactly the problem I was having - vows of chastity.

Swap the doe and buck - put them into each other's cages for a day or two. Then put him back in his cage, with her still there. That's what worked for me.

Then I removed her and gave her back about 8 hours later. Tried it a third time, but they weren't interested, so now I have my fingers crossed.
 

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i bought some rabbits few months ago and i cant get them to mate ???

Are you sure you have a doe and buck? I had a friend who bought 2 rabbits with intenion of breeding, well 6 months after she got them she put them in the same cage to breed-nothing happen.......a few weeks later she asked me to come look a them, nothing was happening. I went to look at her "buck" and he was definetly not a buck, her doe was definately a doe though.

Some rabbits are hard to tell at a young age, age also has a bearing on there breeding too. Make sure they are old enough.

6 months-small breeds
8 months-medium breeds
9+ months-large breeds



We raise rabbits-colony style mostly.

We have New Zealands (white-red-black varities), Californians, Standard Rex, Standard Chinchilla, Lop and Tennessee Redbacks. All are raised naturally, they are breed and sold for meat, pets and breeders for newcomers.
 

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Exactly the problem I was having - vows of chastity.

Swap the doe and buck - put them into each other's cages for a day or two. Then put him back in his cage, with her still there. That's what worked for me.

Then I removed her and gave her back about 8 hours later. Tried it a third time, but they weren't interested, so now I have my fingers crossed.

You can "force" her to mate by putting your hand under her belly and lifting her butt up in the air with the mate in the cage. Hold her in this position until the male falls off to the side with a sqeal. If you are having problems with the mating taking repeat in a couple of hours and then a couple of days. If you want to keep the wait down for half the time rebreed in 2 weeks after initial breeding.

If the male doesn't sqeal and fall off he may not have actually entered the right "hole". Also a doe can pee after the mating and push all the sperm out, ending any chances of breeding-try to get her after she has releived herself.

A fat doe will have a harder time getting pregnant. Keep your does on the healthy side of the lite end of weight.




2 young does for sale, retained from cull for breeding.

1 is New Zealand black 6 weeks old- and really plump
2 is Standard Chinchilla 5 weeks old and plump
 

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We used to raise rabbits when I was a kid, so the reluctance surprised me - I tried holding her from underneath like that, but she tucked her tail down tight. So, I simply swapped cages to let her smell and "think" about it. That worked...

Funny critters. Love the personalities.

You can "force" her to mate by putting your hand under her belly and lifting her butt up in the air with the mate in the cage. Hold her in this position until the male falls off to the side with a sqeal. If you are having problems with the mating taking repeat in a couple of hours and then a couple of days. If you want to keep the wait down for half the time rebreed in 2 weeks after initial breeding.

If the male doesn't sqeal and fall off he may not have actually entered the right "hole". Also a doe can pee after the mating and push all the sperm out, ending any chances of breeding-try to get her after she has releived herself.

A fat doe will have a harder time getting pregnant. Keep your does on the healthy side of the lite end of weight.
 

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We used to raise rabbits when I was a kid, so the reluctance surprised me - I tried holding her from underneath like that, but she tucked her tail down tight. So, I simply swapped cages to let her smell and "think" about it. That worked...

Funny critters. Love the personalities.
Me too, someone gave me there rabbits-we were going to butcher them all.....but there was a cute little chocolate dutch rabbit that has wont he heart of my hubbers. He holds her up and calls her lunch then cuddles her..bad bad hubbers LOL:D:
 

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Me too, someone gave me there rabbits-we were going to butcher them all.....but there was a cute little chocolate dutch rabbit that has wont he heart of my hubbers. He holds her up and calls her lunch then cuddles her..bad bad hubbers LOL:D:
Oh, that bunny is staying...... LOL.
 
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