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Re: Unwilling for tips?

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:35 am


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Chubbybunnies wrote:This is totally weird! I rebred her 2 weeks after giving birth to her first litter. It was about three weeks ago. She was in an iso hutch with her other 3 kits, so there is no way she could have rebred herself. She gave birth last night to 4 happy healthy huge kits!


I gave up long ago trying to figure out how some does manage to get preggers with no help from me, I just call them gifts from the rabbit gods and move on. :lol:


I am just rolling with it. I can’t think of a possible scenario on how it happened lol

All I know is I have 2 does with 7 kits (I only have small litters, but my bucks only fall off once, can I improve that with more consecutive fall offs?) and 2 more grow outs from her litter of 3 previously.

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Re: Unwilling for tips?

Post Number:#17  Unread postby GBov » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:15 pm


Chubbybunnies wrote:
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Chubbybunnies wrote:This is totally weird! I rebred her 2 weeks after giving birth to her first litter. It was about three weeks ago. She was in an iso hutch with her other 3 kits, so there is no way she could have rebred herself. She gave birth last night to 4 happy healthy huge kits!


I gave up long ago trying to figure out how some does manage to get preggers with no help from me, I just call them gifts from the rabbit gods and move on. :lol:


I am just rolling with it. I can’t think of a possible scenario on how it happened lol

All I know is I have 2 does with 7 kits (I only have small litters, but my bucks only fall off once, can I improve that with more consecutive fall offs?) and 2 more grow outs from her litter of 3 previously.


My litter sizes go up a bit with frequent breeding and with bringing on does that have bigger litters BUT my favorite litter size is 6 so many people would consider my litters small as well.

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Post Number:#18  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:12 pm


I’m not sure of their breeding past. I got all of the rabbits I have currently from a small animal auction, so the price is right to learn on, but you don’t get any of the history. She was 8 dollars and has produced 7 kits in the last 7 weeks from 2 litters. She builds great nest and seems to be a really good mom. I have another doe that had 3 and her kits weight as much as this does newborns. I’m thinking about fostering them over, I’m not 100 percent sure the other doe is taking care of them. That would bump her total to 7 newborns. Not a massive litter by any means, I just want to make sure everyone is getting something.

Unfortunately, I think I’m about to be done breeding. It’s already getting into the 80s here on a regular basis, so I may cut down on some of my does that I have so as to not carry a high feed bill through the summer with 9 grow outs to potentially turn into breeders in the fall.

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Post Number:#19  Unread postby GBov » Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:45 pm


You are in South Florida, yes?

Speaking as a Florida rabbit keeper, if you want to breed, breed.

It is a risk BUT if you keep the best you breed and produce in the heat, then you work on a line that is able to take the heat.

And take every reasonable precaution to ensure the does do well, lots of shade and water.

Brick built bunkers for the rabbits to get "underground" is one of my dreams but *sigh* not yet, not yet. :roll:

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Post Number:#20  Unread postby Chubbybunnies » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:39 pm


Yea I am in South Florida.

I would be worried the underground bunker would 1) get flooded out and 2) would just be full of rabbit poop! I could see the benefits to it though!

I have them in pretty nice shelters in low roofs so they always have sun. I’m just worried about the buck going heat sterile. I’ll continue to try until he is no longer producing, then wait till fall. I’m trying to figure out between a few growouts, and all the new kits, along with some unfavorable doe, who’s all going to stay. I want to limit them so I can bring in some larger stock more along the lines of what I’m looking for now that I have some experience under my belt. Albeit on about 2 months, it feels like I’ve been drinking from a fire hose the last 2 months.

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Post Number:#21  Unread postby GBov » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:05 pm


https://www.raising-rabbits.com/support ... limate.pdf

This is a great idea and it is on my wish list. I would add sulfur and borax to the soil/sand infill to deter fire ants and would sandwich styrofoam between cage wire panels for the lids but other than that, not much tweaking needed.

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Re: Unwilling for tips?

Post Number:#22  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:02 am


GBov wrote:https://www.raising-rabbits.com/support-files/rabbitbreedingsystemforhotclimate.pdf

This is a great idea and it is on my wish list. I would add sulfur and borax to the soil/sand infill to deter fire ants and would sandwich styrofoam between cage wire panels for the lids but other than that, not much tweaking needed.


The "Underground Cell Breeding in Italy " picture, - is similar to one I used successfully.
I love to explore "Low Tech" solutions to Rabbit [and other livestock] husbandry .

The hightech solutions are usually very expensive, and have many weaknesses [like disease, and power outages] The hitech plans really are only designed for a situation where hundreds or thousands of rabbits are kept for "breed stock". The hightech plans I have looked at, were totally impractical for "family size " meat production...

For me, even with a hundred does in a building , .. keeping the coolers running when the power was out was a very big deal-- and sometimes there were big losses.

I also like the "clay pot" idea ,... It would be simple, and very doable in countries where those big clay pots are cheap...
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Post Number:#23  Unread postby GBov » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:35 am


Every time I watch something where they are wood firing big pots in just a bonfire I think of the clay pot bunnies M4G, every bloody time! And I think "Huh, I could do that!" knowing full well that I really could not. No wood, no clay, no experience does not = great pots. :lol:

Have been trying to get a layout with cavity blocks that will work in tight quarters - like a fish camp - but perhaps it is time to just try it with Legos instead of heaving bricks about? Cause that ain't working too well.

High tech solutions seem to be reworked simple solutions, reworked to make it all MUCH more complicated and expensive. :roll:

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