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How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:29 pm


Title says it all - how long after breeding can you tell if a doe 'took' ?
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Rainey » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:38 pm


We've only had one time that looked anything like a breeding when the doe didn't kindle 30-32 days later. And often we were pretty sure when we saw them haystaching. When we were in doubt about a breeding we tried again later that day or the next day and if the doe growled and was really uncooperative, we understood her to be pregnant. I know this is not everyone's experience and you don't really know until thirty some days from the breeding. Some palpate at about 2 weeks, but even that doesn't always give accurate information.
Waiting is hard, but it's the only way I'm sure you can tell.

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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:40 pm


That's okay - if waiting is the answer, then we wait :D

This is our first breeding, so we are the newest of the new that could possibly be !
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:07 pm


Congrats!!
Yes, Waiting really seems to be the answer.... sometimes experienced breeders can't really tell when they feel the belly .... other times, you can just look at your doe and be able to say... yup, she's prego.

Mark the calendar and wait for the hay stashing to begin. :lol:
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Marinea » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:02 pm


I follow a simple rule...I ALWAYS assume a bred doe is pregnant. I am not great at palpating and don't want to take chances. Nest boxes go in at day 28 and stay until I have an answer.

Waiting is terrible, but the rewards...
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby bigfoot_158 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:11 pm


I have read but never have done since I just raise meat rabbits. You can palpating at 14 days if you want. :)
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby HOWsMom » Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:39 pm


31 days and a few hours later we have our answer !
She had 4 kits in the wee hours of this morning.
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Marinea » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:48 pm


Congrats!
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Re: How long after breeding do you know if a doe 'took' ?

Post Number:#9  Unread postby akane » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:05 pm


I had one slim doe who always looked slim and never failed a breeding. I just wait for the kits to pop out.
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