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John Brenne
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I must be the worst rabbit breeder in the world. It started off well, but now no matter what time of day, moon cycle, more or less food, no success. I will place one of the female Florida Whites in his cage, and he will give it 10 good seconds while she is in the corner and could not possibly mount her anyway, and that is it. If I try to reposition her or him he just sits in the corner. I checked his penis and it seems fine, I am at a loss. Anyone have any suggestions? He is a two year old male that has bred successfully for a year for me. I have three does of breeding age, none of which will lift there hind quarters for him in the short time he is interested. I keep a close watch on their weight and fat around the neck, they appear to be in good physical condition. There are full spectrum lights on a 14 hour timer in the shed. Breeding like rabbits does not apply to me anymore.
 
Abe Connally
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it could be temperatures, but I'd put the doe back in there with him every 3-4 hours.
 
John Brenne
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I don't think it is temp because it is 40F during the day and 27F at night, pretty comfy for a rabbit. I will try ever 3-4 hours and see it that works, thanks for the advise.
 
                
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Any chance they are overweight? Underweight?

If their diet is subpar that could do it too. Just take a look at it and make sure it's complete and be sure they are getting good greens in the as well.

If the 3-4 hour thing doesn't work maybe try isolating the male for a week or so.

Also, if you can get one doe to admit he is super cute all the others will want to be with him too, it's just how does w...no, wait, that's jr. high girls...nevermind.

Good luck.
 
Saybian Morgan
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John I know how you feel, I don't want to say to much unless your interested. Yes rabbit's breed like crazy, and Yes when they don't breed like rabbit's it's impossible to figure out why.
I finally got my rabbit's to breed and I now have wonderful bunnies with ferocious appetites, both females, both successful mothers after being skittish maniac's that would not give the male half a second. He was no better when he didn't hump there head he hid in his box.

a cupful of apple cider vinegar in there water bottles every day to every other day depending on how you feel about the suggestion. The only other thing I did which I don't want to recommend if your already not interested in the cider vinegar was i put whey and molasses in there water on alternate days to the cider vinegar. I don't feed them the whey and molasses that often anymore but the babies vacuum down the cider vinegar water faster than their mother. It's harmless and worth a shot for 7 days if your really at your wit's end, I've had these rabbit's since august and everyone was telling me to put them down if I they wouldn't make a go of it. I couldn't as there an endangered breed, I also added an Led lightbulb so there was some ambient light all night, I doubt that did the trick and if it did it sure took forever. The cider vinegar I would bet flat out is what did it.
Lemme know.
 
John Brenne
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I have a 6.5 gallon tank, not water bottles that water all the rabbits in line, but I can figure something out to get the apple cider vinegar in them. It is an easy enough suggestion to try. I will give it a go in the next couple of days and report back. I have been putting the male in every 3 hours for days with no success.
 
Saybian Morgan
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wait what did you say, did you say you've been putting the male in the females territory?
You must do it the other way around, females don't mate when there space is invaded, and males don't hump when there busy sniffing up new grounds.
Other way round! females get put in his space, sniff up man musk and get in the mood. Remember a buck can loose his testicles to a nasty bite if the doe feels threatened, that would give you performance anxiety if you found yourself in amazonian man eater territory.
 
John Brenne
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I miss spoke. I always but the female in the males cage.
 
Saybian Morgan
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Cool I figured it was a mistake, the first time I saw my buck try to hump a resistant females head I panicked and got in the pen with them and pulled him off and kept setting him at the back. It was his and her first time and it took months to get these giant chins, I couldn't handle him loosing his junk.
 
Boyd Craven
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I breed Californians for meat in Michigan. See: http://facebook.com/TheUrbanRabbitProject I have seen exactly what you're talking about before. A pissed off doe took a couple of good chomps on one of the bucks "equipment" and wrecked him from ever successfully breeding again. Don't know if it was a physical or mental problem, but he did the same thing. 10second air hump, then lay down. Replaced him and put him in the stew pot, and all is well. You have to continuously cull your herd for optimal performance.
 
John Brenne
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I wanted to make sure it was the real deal before I posted a response. I have had three does successfully bred since adding apple cider vinegar to there diet. It worked immediately. I have staggered the breeding about two weeks apart and it has been amazing, even with a first time breeder. Thanks for the help.
 
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Nice! i'm glad it worked for you, it's amazing isn't it I tried it on a whim and one can go from novice to born pro!
 
Boyd Craven
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That,s really cool! Definitely worth a try!
 
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