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Post Number:#1  Unread postby bigbrologan » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:01 pm


Hi people! How is everyone today? I am sooo excited for everything that is coming up with me. I just left my dads house to come to my moms and right before I left, I checked on my breeding doe, she's currently in a hutch. I am remodeling my colony settings but I'll get back to that later. Anyway, back to my doe, I went to check up on her before I left to stay with my mom this three day weekend. I open up the peephole on the hutch, it's about 1' by 3', the peephole is, the hutch is VERY big, anyway, I open the peephole and I see this rounded hay in the corner of the hutch, it wasn't very much and I was inferring that she was creating a nest so I gave her some more hay and she instantly starts packing it in her mouth till she's carry so much, I can barely see her face. I come back after another ten minutes and she has a pretty good nest built. I gave her some more hay because it's quite cold at the moment where I live and again she starts plucking it out. I come back after another ten minutes and I see a beautiful nest built. She hadn't put any fur in it yet but I'm assuming she'll do that right before she has her babies. I am so excited, I can't wait.

Now, back to my new colony setting, I have one 10' by 20' pen outside on the side of my barn with 18" plywood on the side so that the smaller rabbits can't get out. The pen was flooding immensely so I took the rabbits out and am in the process of letting it dry out. The other pen that I just recently built is in my barn, and please keep in mind that I am 12 years old and I do all of this myself. Anyway, I built a 8 1/2' by 6' pen in a corner of my barn, I have 4' tall plywood as the pen, I laid down wire and put plywood over that so I my rabbits couldn't dig out, I then laid dirt over the plywood over the plywood and wire so that the rabbits didn't have to step on wire and wood constantly, I cut a door out of the plywood that is the pen and put some hinges on it. I made it so I could get in it without climbing over the plywood. The dirt was a bit wet. so I am waiting for it to dry out and I need to put some netting or wire over the pen so my cats can't get into the pen.

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Re: Created new colony and doe builds nest!!!

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Silver Star Rabbitry » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:19 pm


Hello. Let us know how your doe does. :)
What breed is she?

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby bigbrologan » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:20 pm


She is mini rex, buck is unknown breed, though I do think that he has some Rhinelander, English Spot, or Checkered Giant.

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:08 am


how much dirt did you lay down for your bunnies?

Did you cover it with straw and/or such like as well?

sounds like you've done a good job so far. pics???
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby bigbrologan » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:59 am


Will post pics ASAP, I laid down about 3 inches of dirt and am planning on bringing home a straw bail as well to put in there.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:03 am


Hope your doe kindles lots of pretty popples for you, Logan.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby bigbrologan » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:09 am


Me, too the last litter she had was 6 and I lost one due to the plywood on the side of my pen wasn't high enough, that's what I'm assuming anyway. I'm super excited to go back to my dads and see what she gives me, I'm also ecstatic to have a purebred mini rex buck, he's three months old so I can't wait to breed him to my doe, how old do you usually have to wait for a mini rex buck to be mature? I kinda want to breed ASAP with him.

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby p&e rabbitry » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:27 am


With Mini Rex I usually wait 6 months to breed the first time. Bucks sometimes I give a little longer depending on their development. I know the books say they can breed at 3 and 4 but I would not.

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Post Number:#9  Unread postby bigbrologan » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:29 am


Hmm...I'll just see how he develops.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:47 am


mini rex bucks, they start getting interested in girls for breeding purposes, about 5 months in age.
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Half Caper Farm » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:54 am


Wow, your rabbit pen sounds great! Want to come up and help me build some new goat pens? :lol: I look forward to seeing pictures, and hearing about the new popples!

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby bigbrologan » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:55 am


Thank you, I try my best to provide what I can for them even though sometimes I'm limited due to my age.

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby Brody » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:52 pm


everybody has limitations kiddo - don't kid yourself ;)
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Post Number:#14  Unread postby bigbrologan » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:02 pm


What do you mean?

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Post Number:#15  Unread postby Half Caper Farm » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:10 pm


Are you sure you're only 12? :lol: I know a lot of adults who don't write and spell as clearly as you (never mind the "text" speak gobbledegook that passes for intelligent conversation these days :shock: ).

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