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Post Number:#1  Unread postby BunFamily » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 am


Is 3-4 years old too old for breeding

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Re: Too OLD

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:37 am


maybe, maybe not, depends on a lot of factors.. I have had some going strong at 6 or 7
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Re: Too OLD

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Rainey » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:28 am


Casco is the only doe we have left that was kindled in our first year of breeding, 2014. She just had her first litter for this year and has had 3 each year for the past 3 years. Her sister had 3 litters in 2015 and again in 2016 but then didn't take last year although we thought she was successfully bred 2 different times. Don't know how long Casco can keep going but she is reliably easy to breed, kindles 7 to 9, and is a good mother. At this point all of our breeding stock are her offspring which raises some separate questions I'm still puzzling over about close breeding.
Also in answering the question of whether 3 or 4 years old is too old to breed, it might be relevant whether the rabbit has been bred previously, how often, how long ago.

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Re: Too OLD

Post Number:#4  Unread postby BunFamily » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:32 pm


she has had 2 litters when she was 2

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Also How old does a mini lop female to be too have baby's?

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Re: Too OLD

Post Number:#5  Unread postby akane » Tue May 01, 2018 1:01 pm


It shouldn't be any more issue than usual for the older doe to carry and give birth but it can be extra difficult to get a doe to breed and become pregnant after a long break.

Small-medium breeds can breed quite young. I have had mini rex breed at 2 months before separating the litter once but that's uncommon and not suggested on purpose. 4-6months probably has the best luck of getting them pregnant easily and caring for the litter properly. If you wait too long you have the similar problem of giving them long breaks where they tend to get fatter so don't get pregnant as easily and may not be as willing to breed.
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