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When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Jim S » Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:02 am


I have one who is currently 17 weeks old, and just shy of 8 lb.

I'm absolutely in no rush, but was curious as to what ages other people have bred at?

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Re: When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:33 am


I breed at NZ {about} 6 to 8 months.
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Re: When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Jim S » Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:34 am


Is there a reason you tend to leave it that long? I've read that some people breed earlier than this, whilst others mention better results if the rabbit is older?

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Re: When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:01 pm


I have found that does bred when at least 6 months old, have a longer productive life.
Probably,.. because they aren't trying to finish growing up, while pregnant and raising a litter.
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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Re: When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Zass » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:26 pm


I breed mine when they are close to their finished adult weight and showing signs of readiness to breed.
Entirely pellet fed buns will often get to that point faster than ones fed on mostly foraged weeds and greens.

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Re: When would you breed a NZW doe for the first time?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby sarai » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:36 pm


im breeding at 2 mts

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