#1: For how many years can a female rabbit continue to breed? The internet is broken these days and I can't find any useful information anywhere anymore. I'll keep that rant short. But I thought maybe someone here has some knowledge or experience with this. My oldest does are 3-4 years old and it's been 6 months since they've given me kits, so I've been wondering.
#2: I need to mx up my bunny gene pool. I just brought in a few bunnies from Idaho and looking for even more diversity. I raise flemish/NZ/Cali mixes with a focus on disposition, size/condition, and colorations. I get lots of oranges, blues, greys, and some combinations thereof. Obviously lots of 'cottonail' and white as well. They have fantastic fur and the adults usually top out 7-9lbs. I wouldn't mind getting some broken patterns in the mix! Anyway. I enjoy trading, so if anyone is in the vague Missoula area we can meet up sometime and do an exchange! I can trade rabbits, chickens, seeds, bacon, and a wide variety of other permie things. Yes, I said bacon.
The majority of my does tend to start slowing down around 3-4 years, and typically retire from 4-5 years. I can typically tell when they begin to miss breedings more often and when they do take the litter size decreases.
Since the broken gene is considered dominant, you'll need to find a broken to produce brokens (2 solids can't produce a broken, even if their parents were broken). One option is to find a genetic charlie, which is an animal with 2 copies of the broken gene. They usually are lightly marked, with 10% color or less. Since charlies don't carry a gene for solid coat pattern, they can only pass down the broken gene to their offspring, meaning all of their offspring will be broken patterned. 🙂
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