Of course! I tend to name the breed quality/rabbits for resale. If I know a kit is bound for freezer camp, it feels wrong to name them. Which is strange... the larger animals all get names. Though family tradition dictates all steers are named either hamburger or steak! No names if I want to wait a little longer to see how they turn out... if they are a keeper, they get a name later.I realize that most here don't raise rabbits as pets but does anyone besides me name them?
I bought my first two as pets. Then they took it upon themselves to drastically increase their population without consulting me first.
Giving them "the talk" failed, they are like teenagers... with a one track mind, so I had to separate them.
The first two bucks were easy to identify. I named them Lewis & Clark because they are constantly exploring every last inch of the barn.
Not sure on the remaining genders, I provided names that weren't specific to their assigned body parts.
Like Pat, Chris etc.
Whatever they turn out to be, or self-identifiy as, I'm safe.
Rabbits are more intelligent than most give them credit for. The first two actually respond to their names. Most of the time anyway.... The doe always does. The buck tends to have selective hearing depending on his mood.
Agreed about pets, I only allow the breeders and other keepers to have names for that reason. And I have promised the children who the breeders are very much pets to, as personality is just as important to me as type that they will never ever go to freezer camp but live out as retired buns due to their service.Yes, when you breed animals naming them makes it way easier to keep up with who is who and how they are related. Although the litters i know are for the freezer get the same name ("flappie") popular bunny name, but also a christmas song about the son's pet bunny ending up as christmas dinner. They are for dinner, not breeding or pet and since everything needs a name they might as well have one that fits. Note that even without children i find the idea of taking a family pet animal for the pot at least stupid. Pets have an important job that doesn't go hand in hand with being food.