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Cosima

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I am planning to have a rabbit colony and I would love to learn from other people with colony experience and share my thoughts and ideas.

right now I have lily and mus and they month old baby in a 6 rabbits colony but I have bigger plans. I am planning on having the bucks and the does separate to make a controlled colony. I also want to make a way that the kits can go in between so that if i decide to keep a buck then the father and son will already be use to each other.

any other ideas or suggestions is welcome even from people that don’t have colonies.
 

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I have quite a few set up ideas that I have, kind of, made blueprints for. i can post them tomorrow
 

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Sorry for the long post....We have a semi controlled colony (our buck keeps getting out or my kids let him in with the does), but our does and all the babies are together in one large enclosure with free standing hutches and places to nest, sleep etc. Our buck is in his own hutch and there are a couple other hutches we've been putting our junior bucks in at night until they sell. Our big buck was fine with the junior bucks at first. Now when it's his time to free roam, he will chase the older boys around (the oldest is 3 months, and he also chases the 2 month olds). So far there haven't been any fights, but I imagine there will be if we kept adult bucks together. At first I thought they were getting along fine bc they are all used to each other, but the next day the dad started chasing and intimidating the young ones. My advice is to watch for that. Also, if there is a way for the babies to go back and forth, the buck will figure it out too. Instinct to mate is strong with some. Our buck has jumped a 3 1/2 foot (1m) fence, pushed open many hutch doors, and dug his way out before. We've had a few surprise litters before we started keeping his hutch locked up 🔒. I love having all the rabbits together, and they seem to love it too. Our does are a bonded pair and before we started controlling the breeding, our buck was right there with them grooming and snuggling, so we are neutering our big buck and then will breed our does in the spring with friend's rabbits.
 

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I have noticed that if a doe doesn’t want to get breed then she will run away from the buck in the same time mus is not exactly a active buck in terms of breeding which I consider a good thing for a colony. do you think it is a good thing?
 

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Colony set up here, sexes separate though. 7 bucks, all fine for six months until one got out and got with does. They wanted to kill him. And the doe who was with the bucks has a torn up back, and will kill any doe she's around now. Both are separated and may go to freezer once I figure out dispatch method can do without botching. I have a .22.; thinking about close shot in contained grazing area. Maybe off topic. I assume doe pregnant, hence her new desire to attack (and in pain from raw back). And I assume buck smells likea doe and they all need to reset pecking order. Sound right?
 
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