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Keep or salvage?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Shea » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:17 pm


One of my breeding bucks has taken a downhill turn as soon as the hot &humid weather hit. Its his first summer with me. He has gone off feed for 4 days and has stopped drinking. He would "nibble" at fresh greens but not much else. Yesterday I pulled him to force some pedialyte in him and check him over again incase I had missed something. And now hes got himself some discharge from one nostril, sounds wet and looks faintly bloody. . . Do I keep trying? Or do I just put him down and use him for dog food?

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Re: Keep or salvage?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:38 pm


For me, ... I don't keep breed stock, that has any problems...
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Post Number:#3  Unread postby Shea » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:52 pm


Yeah that was my thought.

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Re: Keep or salvage?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby dfr1973 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:09 pm


Another vote for culling him, same reason as Michael gives. I'm trying to breed for more heat tolerance down here, so that is a huge issue to me. YMMV, of course.

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Shea » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:09 pm


Yeah I think that is the plan. Ill put him down tomorrow then, unfortunately Ive never been able to figure it out by hand so a trip out of town with the pellet gun will be necessary.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby a7736100 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:31 pm


I've used a pellet rifle indoors. Had the rabbits in a metal wash tub to catch the pellet just in case I missed.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby Shea » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:21 pm


Pellet gun is stored out of town with family at my butcher station. And too many neighbors around to be carrying anything "gun" related.

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:28 am


Shea wrote:Pellet gun is stored out of town with family at my butcher station. And too many neighbors around to be carrying anything "gun" related.


so glad i don't live in town...
Sometimes all the "local" gunfire aggravates me, and scares the dog, ...
but, .. it is much better than living with the paranoid people, in the city...
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Shea » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:52 pm


Getting out of town is what I want. Been stuck here for 10yrs now, rent free but I have 8 houses bordering my backyard.

I checked his lungs after dispatch, they were dark red and a little streaky. Pneumonia?

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:51 pm


looks like you made the right decision... without a lot of expensive tests, the exact cause would not be known-- but-- he was sick, and you do not need that in your rabbits...
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Shea » Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:00 pm


Now the big question is do I keep any of his progeny. I already have one of his sons grown out and bred to 2 does just for color test breed, Not a main buck keeper, and he had sired my last 3 litters one with another prospective keeper in it.

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:40 am


lots of health issues are not genetic... they are environmental... dust, mold, a stray germ. --- etc: ...
With that said, I have at times,.. culled an entire line, because they were prone to infections, or too many of them had soft feet...
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