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Three bucks will only "go" once each!!!

Post Number:#1  Unread postby GBov » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:59 pm


What is the deal with one timer bucks and how did I wind up with all my bucks being one go guys? :evil:

I do know the boys can do the job with one go but I get better fertility/more litters with bucks that do it more. Like, three times? Is that too much to ask?

All my mutt bucks use to be energizer bunnies and my NZs were no slouches either but my Rex guys, one shot wonders. And its not age as my three bucks range from 10 months to 2 years. They just do the job and then stamp or twitch or groom her ears. The girls like the last option best. :lol:

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Post Number:#2  Unread postby ladysown » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:40 pm


I would remove the doe. Go do something for five-ten minutes and then bring doe back to the buck. OR if it doesn't matter who the doe is bred to, just breed her with another buck. :)

Two of my loppy bucks are like this. If i don't have time I breed the doe to buck number three who ALWAYS throws either torts or tan kits. Never get anything different from him. Makes it easy to tell which kits come from which buck. :)
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Post Number:#3  Unread postby ohiogoatgirl » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:05 pm


when that has happened with mine I will pick her up and hold her a minute, turn around from the cage and just hold and pet here a moment, then turn back around and put her in the cage with him again. it seems like he has thought it was a new girlfriend or something. I don't understand it but it has worked to get at least one more cover. if not then I just came back in an hour or do like a morning and then evening breedings etc like that.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby macksmom98 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:12 pm


I have also done this and it has worked!

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Rainey » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:56 am


What I keep seeing here on RT is that there has to be a fall-off and that you want multiple covers. But so far in our 2 years with rabbits we've had fall-offs and/or multiple covers only about half the time. But we've always had a litter of 7 to 13 in 31 days Often our does will growl at the buck if we try to put them back in his cage after the one questionable cover. If they don't growl we get another cover or two and kits in a month. If they do growl, the buck backs off, we wonder if they're really bred, and in a month they kindle. Is this unusual? Is it a problem? Why is there so much emphasis on multiple covers and dramatic finishes? All we want is kits. :?

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nika » Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:29 am


Rainey,is this from one buck, related bucks or just random ones? It is really unusual, one of those exceptions that makes the rule. I never had a litter without fall-off and as you can see in this sub-forum, a lot of people over the past few months had a lot of problems with non-breeding and I bet they would really like a buck like yours ;)

Multiple fall-offs increases the chances for more kits and that the doe really took. Well, at least for us, just common people :lol:

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby GBov » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:22 am


With our last round of three does bred with only one cover each, we got ONE litter. :evil: Of 5 kits. :roll:

Bucks that cover more do seem to give better litters although a single cover will give litters, this I do know. BUT!!! Are Rex more prone to be lazy/confused/complacent/annoying than other breeds or am I just lucky to have three at once?

I will DEFF try to remember to do morning and afternoon breeding as my does really dont like the entire being held thing. Petting they enjoy but not, but NOT, being held. :lol:

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Rainey » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:52 am


Nika wrote:Rainey,is this from one buck, related bucks or just random ones? It is really unusual, one of those exceptions that makes the rule. I never had a litter without fall-off and as you can see in this sub-forum, a lot of people over the past few months had a lot of problems with non-breeding and I bet they would really like a buck like yours ;)

Multiple fall-offs increases the chances for more kits and that the doe really took. Well, at least for us, just common people :lol:


Thank you, Nika, for your response. I've been quite confused because while I've found RT very helpful in learning about rabbits, in this about breeding, what I read and our experience with our rabbits are so different.
For the first 2 seasons we were breeding to our original SF buck and it was true for him. This year we've replaced him with a buck out of last year's litters. Only 2 litters so far, one from a definite fall-off followed by another quick cover, 9 kits. The second litter, one dubious cover, tried her with the older buck, no contact, tried to put her back with the young buck later, no contact, and a litter of 9 on day 31. We've bred 2 young does to him, due April 8. Again one there was a fall-off, the other a mounting that didn't look promising, but she refused any contact when we tried again. So we'll see what happens in a couple weeks.
We've got the older buck (2, almost 3 years old) up for sale and I've wondered if we should say something about this pattern to the woman coming to look at him today. Now at least I know it's not "normal". Is it a fault? Guess i've always figured I'd rather have kits with no fall-off than the fall-off and no kits, but maybe it would bother someone else. :?

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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Nika » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:26 am


What abput the girls? Do you see them lift?

I appreciate every detail about a rabbit that I am purchasing and this would be very informative. Do mention it, just so they know what to expect.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby GBov » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:30 am


Nika wrote:What abput the girls? Do you see them lift?

I appreciate every detail about a rabbit that I am purchasing and this would be very informative. Do mention it, just so they know what to expect.


Not only do they lift but seem baffled that the bucks wont go again. They posture for them and every time the buck touches them they do that little up thing with their tails but then the bucks either stamp or head twitch or just clean their ears.

So the does want it but the bucks dont. :roll:

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Rainey » Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:44 am


Nika wrote:What abput the girls? Do you see them lift?

I appreciate every detail about a rabbit that I am purchasing and this would be very informative. Do mention it, just so they know what to expect.


If you were asking about my rabbits, Nika, the does don't always lift. The breedings that we've seen as dubious, we didn't see a lift nor a fall-off. That's what I find confusing--on here, from what I read, those would not be seen as successful breedings, but they produced kits. (And for anyone who remembers that I am visually impaired and figures I just missed the lifts and fall-offs :) , I just want to clarify that there was a younger family member with good vision watching)

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby Nika » Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:46 pm


GBov, but is it the situation problematic? Do girls get their litters and how how much kits do they have? You can try them with buck of another breed, just to see if multiple fall-offs would increase litter size.

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby GBov » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:28 pm


Nika wrote:GBov, but is it the situation problematic? Do girls get their litters and how how much kits do they have? You can try them with buck of another breed, just to see if multiple fall-offs would increase litter size.

Rainey, amazing :P


I might try that with the next round of breedings but the only other buck I have is a Florida White so they wouldnt be sell-able.

Shall see who, of the three bred yesterday, kindle. If its only one of the three again I shall then try some of the tips y'all gave me.

NOT the "Put her right in with another buck" though as I had a buck full on attack a doe once when I tried that. I guess she smelled like the first buck because when I waited a week and tried them again they worked just fine together.

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:41 pm


I raise meat mutts, I always breed twice, -- each doe has breeding's by two different bucks, -- I place does in the buck pens, after the does are bread I just switch the does to different buck pens., the bucks will readily breed a new doe just after breeding the first. The only time I breed once is when I am seeing how a new buck will work with my does.
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Post Number:#15  Unread postby macksmom98 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:35 pm


What I find even more confusing is that supposedly multiple covers are better, but really the doe has the most effect on the size of litter.....I read that on a post I had been commenting on here a while back. I took from it that to get the best chances of a good litter, you need a doe that will have a lot of eggs and multiple fall offs combined, but if you don't it doesn't mean you won't have a nice litter.

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