I have some girls that are usually pretty good about breeding. I put them in the usual time of the year that I breed thisbgrouo of gals. Every single one of them didn't want to breed. Despite the facts it was in the mid 70's and there is 14 hours of light. All of them range from one to two years old. Any idea why they aren't breeding?
All I know is that when the doe is ready, she'll make herself immediately available to the buck and the deed will be done within 20 seconds. If she's fighting him or squealing, get him out of the cage because she'll mess him up if he keeps pursuing her. When she's ready, she's ready. People talk about doe's going into heat, but as I understand rabbit breeding, it's not heat like you would understand it with other animals. Unlike a dog, for instance, a rabbit doesn't have estrus cycles.
It doesn't take that much effort to put the buck in with her every couple of days or so. As you know, it only takes a few seconds to know if she wants him or not.
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Stress, malnutrition, overfeeding and age are usually the main causes of trouble if you have a whole group of does that won't breed. It could also be something up with the buck. Have you tried them on a different buck? Over feeding seems to be the big issue when it comes to a buck's performance. They get fat and then they don't work. It's similar for does, but if they are having litters 3 times a year, it's tough not to want to keep them a little chubbier. :)
When I had rabbits that wouldn't breed right away, I'd try changing the routine of the day. For instance, try bringing the doe to the buck before you feed them for the day. Or give the buck a little tiny slice of apple to eat, just before you bring the doe in. She'll smell the treat and maybe more inclined to perform her duties, in hope of getting a piece of apple too. If she breeds, return her to her space and then give her a treat.
Without seeing and knowing more about your setup, it's hard to say for sure. Rabbit can be a little funny from time to time. Can you provide us with some more details on what your working with?
number of males and females
-barn, hutch, colony
Do you have other animals that would be a rabbit predator around? A new dog or cat might be just the type of thing to set a bunch of rabbits off of breeding. It could be the smell of such animals on your clothing as well.
I hope some of this was useful
I'm looking to start my rabbitry up again next year. I miss having them.
My grandfather always put the doe in with the buck, if you put a buck in the doe's cage, he will be to busy smelling and putting his scent on her cage to be bothered with breeding her.
I have a few rabbit breeding friends who say that same thing, doe to buck's cage not the other way around.
If that isn't the issue, then just keep trying every few days is what they say to do.
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