FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN CAN I REBREED MY DOE?

Rabbits have the ability to breed immediately after kindling.  In the wild it’s not uncommon for a rabbit to be bred even between kits being born.  If you experience a false litter(pulled fur but no delivery) or lost a litter, rest assured you can rebreed immediately.  She most likely will eagerly lift for a buck. I rebreed my doe’s when the kits are 4 weeks old and wean at 6-7 weeks.


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WHEN IS SAFE TO SEPARATE THE BABY RABBITS FROM THE MAMA RABBIT?

You can separate(wean) the baby rabbits as early as 3-4 weeks but they’ll receive a stronger immune system drinking mamas milk for at least a couple more weeks.  I wean at 6-7 weeks on a regular basis.


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AT WHAT AGE CAN I START BREEDING MY RABBITS?

Small breeds 4-5 months. Med-Large Breeds 6 Months for does. 4-5 Months for Bucks. He just needs to be big enough to get the job done. Giant breeds more like 7-8 months.


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HOW MANY BABIES DOES A RABBIT HAVE?

Baby bunnies are most commonly referred to as kits. But they’re also called kittens.  First few litters will start small but the quantity will grow with every following litter. When breeding the offspring of rabbits that have big litters you may see an 8 or 9 kit litter right away.  The amount of rabbits in a litter will continue to rise topping out at approximately 10-14 kits once things get rolling. Not all rabbits will be able to achieve these numbers.


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WHAT KIND OF CAGE WIRE DO I BUILD MY CAGES WITH?

Use galvanized wire. 14 gauge if you can find it. 1/2″ x 1″ flooring but usually 16 gauge is all that’s available. Use 1″ x 2″ for the top and sides. You can use 1″ x 3″ for the tops as well. We have all the materials you need on our website. Click the “rabbit products” link on our menu page.


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IS THERE A REASON YOU DON’T MAKE THE BOTTOM OF YOUR KINDLING TOTES WIRE?

We don’t get a lot of rabbit urine or manure in the kindling totes. They surprisingly stay pretty clean. We easily clean our totes once a month or when needed. We wipe them out with with a soapy wet rag and dry with a bunch of paper towels and add fresh new straw and shavings. Shavings are cheap and one tote takes less than a bale of straw a year.


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DO YOUR RABBITS DIG THEIR WAY OUT OF THE RUNS?

The short answer is yes. We try to maintain our runs a couple times a week. Checking for digging. We fill in dirt holes a lot over the summer. The does dig more than the bucks. Not screening the bottom of the run is a love hate operation. We want our rabbits to be able to dig a hole when it’s hot and be rabbits but they have gotten out before. They sit around confused for a while and then crawl back in the run to eat their lunch. Hole gets filled shortly after.


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MY RABBIT JUST HAD A LITTER. WHAT NOW?

Gather up the kits and all the fur pulled by mama and put them in a nest box with wood chips and straw. You can also use a shoe box in a pinch. Mama should take care of the rest. She’ll only nurse the litter for a few minutes twice a day. You most likely won’t see her nursing the litter or spending time in and around the box. Check on the litter morning and night and remove any kits that have expired. Clean the nest after 5-7 days.


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WHAT DOES BROKEN MEAN?

This refers to the the rabbits fur pattern. When a rabbit is one color(let’s say red for example)it’s called solid. When that rabbit has spot’s of red it’s called BROKEN. The Solid color is broken into spots. You can have broken red, blue, and black pelts.


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HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT IF IT GETS OUT OF THE CAGE?

Use a telescoping net. It’s only around 15$ its in our rabbit storefront. Or a live trap works great.


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WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR RABBITS?

Non breeding rabbits can eat a 12-13% protein pellet. Breeding rabbits need a 16-18% protein pellet. Not all pellets are created equal. Everything they need is in the pellet. In addition to pellets you can provide hay which is additional fiber and supplemental fats and minerals. You can also feed small amounts of fruits & vegetables but not too much.


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