The Wild Side Of Rabbit Breeding
I had a friend come over today to have a rabbit “serviced” by one of my bucks. She was borrowing the doe from a friend; she’d raise a litter of little bunnies, return to the doe, and be on her way to her own meat rabbit herd.
We put her in the cage with Barney, my senior buck, since she hadn’t been bred before. He knows what he’s doing.
As soon as the doe saw Barney, she tried to mount him!
“It’s OK”, I said confidently. “Sometimes females do that to try to show dominance. She’ll settle down and he’ll do his job in a sec.” Because, you know, I’m such an expert.
Something didn’t look right.
I lifted the doe off Barney, and held her upside down. Turns out she was a he! I said, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” (Somewhat topical for this week – RIP Lou)
My friend was quite embarrassed and disappointed (as was I!). Neither of us had thought to actually check the rabbit, we just took it on faith that her friend had lent her a doe.
It turned out OK in the end. I sold her a couple of my 2-month-old does that she can eventually breed from. I think they’ll serve her well.