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Post Number:#1  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Thu May 23, 2019 9:28 pm


I have heard that it is better to breed a doe to 2 males in the same day? Something to do the males competing? Is there any truth to this?

Also, if there is, could a female have kits from 2 different males in the same litter?

Sorry if this seems like a silly question. Just got me thinking.

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Re: Just wondering

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri May 24, 2019 4:33 am


I have experienced increased litter size [numbers] when breeding a doe to two bucks back to back,
the theory is...the sperm is competitive so has more motility, in the presence of sperm from another buck...
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Re: Just wondering

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Fri May 24, 2019 9:24 am


michaels4gardens wrote:I have experienced increased litter size [numbers] when breeding a doe to two bucks back to back,
the theory is...the sperm is competitive so has more motility, in the presence of sperm from another buck...


Thanks. That’s what I was kind of going for.

Now, since there is multiple eggs, and I was assume both the most viable sperm from both males would fertilize the eggs, is there a way that you could get litters that have 2 different fathers? I.e. out of a litter of 8, 4 kits from buck A and 4 kits from buck B?

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri May 24, 2019 5:07 pm


yes
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Re: Just wondering

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Fri May 24, 2019 8:13 pm


michaels4gardens wrote:yes



Awesome! I’m going to have to try it out. I’m just breeding for fun and to see what comes out, all while putting food on the table. Starting to keep the best and eat the rest. This should be fun.

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Re: Just wondering

Post Number:#6  Unread postby dfr1973 » Sat May 25, 2019 9:15 am


This could get fun - I put Shalimar in with all four of my bucks (one at a time, natch) in one morning earlier this week. I'll be able to tell which kits are whose offspring by coloring, so I am *really* hoping she carries to term this time (she's only 1-for-4 this year, but I don't know how old she is).

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby GBov » Sun May 26, 2019 4:52 pm


I tried it once but the second buck attacked the doe because she smelt of his hated rival.

Never tried again.

Would love to hear how your tries turn out. :popcorn:

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Sun May 26, 2019 8:50 pm


dfr1973 wrote:This could get fun - I put Shalimar in with all four of my bucks (one at a time, natch) in one morning earlier this week. I'll be able to tell which kits are whose offspring by coloring, so I am *really* hoping she carries to term this time (she's only 1-for-4 this year, but I don't know how old she is).


Keep us posted! That would be crazy to get kits out of all 4 bucks! I had a litter that I put 2 bucks in with the female, but I think my otter Rex was still trying to figure things out then. He’s gotten a lot better, but I do have some very dominant does that still give him a run for his money. They end up mounting him. I have a doe to breed tomorrow, hopefully I can get both the bucks to mount her. I just tried to breed a doe on Saturday, but after the first buck, she shut down and wasn’t interested in the other. I did breed a doe about 2 weeks ago to both bucks and got 4 fall offs in about 20 minutes between the pair.

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