We spent part of Saturday and Sunday breeding rabbits.
Down to our last package of rabbit from the last round of breeding, I decided it was probably time to get those bunnies producing. I wasn’t quite sure how well it would go because we needed to “break in” a new, young buck. Last month he showed no interest in the does and didn’t really know what to do, so, nothing got done.
What a difference a month makes! Fudge (a New Zealand/Flemish Giant cross) knew EXACTLY what he was expected to do and hopefully was able to get three of our does successfully bred. Cookie, Misty and Applesauce were bred. Cross your fingers that they took!
Apparently, breeding three does is quite exhausting for a buck. We gave Fudge a couple hours break between breedings just so he could catch his breath as he was quite enthusiastic about the process once he figured it out. We repeated the whole process Sunday, just to increase our chances of pregnant does.
We have four does, but only bred three because the fourth one is being treated for ear mites. Fortunately, the mites are confined to just her right now and I didn’t want to risk passing it on to the buck or any of the other other does. It’s enough of a pain in the butt to treat just one, much less four more.
Kayleigh helped with the whole process, retrieving the does from their hutches and delivering them to Fudge’s house, then pulling them back out and putting them back in their own homes with a big handful of fresh clover as a reward. She’s pretty excited about being a “grandma” to new kits once her doe, Misty, kindles, but understands they aren’t going to be pets. She’s more excited about adding a few more rabbit pelts to her collection with the ultimate goal of making a rabbit pelt blanket.
She watched the breedings, laughing at Fudge when he couldn’t figure out which end was the “proper” end of the doe and encouraging him through the whole process. She knows what’s going on, not just with the rabbits, but with the chickens, too, when the rooster gets particularly randy with the hens. Her reproductive education has been pretty explicit, out here, on the farm.
Which is a darn good thing, in my eyes.