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					Before You Begin Rabbit Breeding

There are a few things that you need to know before you begin
rabbit breeding for your rabbit farm. It is important to be
prepared so that you can tackle challenges as they come.
Typically, the first litter of a doe does not survive, at least half,
but sometimes not at all. Without this knowledge, it's easy to
grow discouraged.

Know your reason for breeding, whether you plan on improving
a certain breed, meat production, wool production, or improving
the overall health of your own herd. Having a reason in mind will
help you as you select your initial breeding stock, and as you
select which pairs to breed together. Part of this is having a
market prepared to sell to. Although it is possible to sell rabbits
as pets, the pet rabbit market is saturated, and will not turn a
very big profit. The meat and fur markets are much better, but
can still be difficult to break into at first.

Know how much space you will need. Because different markets
can be difficult to get into, you may need to hold onto more
rabbits than you originally planned. And if you are working on
improving your herd or the breed as you sell others, you may
end up holding onto some rabbits longer to see if they can be
added to your breeding stock. You will also need to have space
available to isolate sick or injured rabbits, so be sure you are
prepared with enough space to house all the rabbits. Keep in
mind that too many rabbits in one cage could lead to fighting.

Know rabbits well. If you have never even owned a pet rabbit
before, it is important that you have your rabbits for at least a
couple of months before breeding so that you are familiar with
rabbits. This will help you understand the way they typically are
so you can watch for problems or other signs. Although rabbit
breeding is not an over-complicated procedure, you need to be
well-read to be able to quickly deal with any problems that may
arise.

Know that you will have to be flexible. Rabbits can give birth at
any time, so you will need to be ready to be there to keep an eye
on things during and after the birth. They rarely need assistance,
but it's still important to be there to be sure everything goes
smoothly. You will also have to keep a careful eye on the kits
and mother afterwards to be sure they are staying in the safety
of the nest and that she is producing enough milk for all of them.
Once you have this knowledge, you are ready to start rabbit
breeding.

				
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