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Steve Collier
Site Owner
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People often ask me "How often can I breed my rabbit?"... As a breeder, I really put my breeders to the test to try to keep up with demand, but this is not the smartest thing to do if you expect your Pet Rabbit to live a long and healthy life. What are some of your thoughts on the subject ?

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Steve Collier,  owner of Pet Rabbit Ridge

April 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Steve Collier
Site Owner
Posts: 18

Many people will breed their rabbits just two weeks after the mother has given birth... before the litter is even weened to maximize production. This puts a dramatic strain on your breeder and will shorten the breeding life of your breeder drastically !

I like to ween the litter and give the mother rabbit at least 10 days of rest and relaxation as well as plenty of healthy food and fresh water to help build her system build back up before breeding again.

Even at this rate, a productive breeder will only last 18 to 24 months, and should be replaced. The older rabbit will still be able to be bred, but unless you wait 4 months between breeding at this age, most of the kits will not survive.  

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Steve Collier,  owner of Pet Rabbit Ridge

May 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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