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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2020, 08:34:16 pm »
Unless you know the does cycle, you can miss it with just one day of mating.
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2020, 09:24:47 pm »
I've always followed the does cycle and then mated for 2 or 3 falls, because I'd read you shouldn't leave them together without supervision as one might kill the other, but obviously that has not been an issue for Jim. Good luck Member - hope you have kits soon
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2020, 11:02:36 am »
Unless you know the does cycle, you can miss it with just one day of mating.
Jim Altmiller
I've always followed the does cycle and then mated for 2 or 3 falls, because I'd read you shouldn't leave them together without supervision as one might kill the other, but obviously that has not been an issue for Jim. Good luck Member - hope you have kits soon
I haven't heard anything about tracking the does' cycles.  How do you know if they are in heat?           
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2020, 12:00:34 pm »
You check the does vulva.  Reddish purple to dark pink is an indication of readiness.  Light to whitish pink is not.  May not be spot on but is a guide.


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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2020, 04:43:04 pm »
You check the does vulva.  Reddish purple to dark pink is an indication of readiness.  Light to whitish pink is not.  May not be spot on but is a guide.


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In addition, check the moisture of the vulva. It is usually dry when the color is whitish pink, but when she's ready there should be moisture along with the darker color
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2020, 05:12:49 pm »
You check the does vulva.  Reddish purple to dark pink is an indication of readiness.  Light to whitish pink is not.  May not be spot on but is a guide.
In addition, check the moisture of the vulva. It is usually dry when the color is whitish pink, but when she's ready there should be moisture along with the darker color
Thanks, good to know.  Our doe seemed to act receptive toward the buck.  Do you think that is an indicator as well, or will she act interested in him regardless? 
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #46 on: March 19, 2020, 08:24:32 am »
Our doe seemed to act receptive toward the buck.  Do you think that is an indicator as well

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