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What’s the Proper Time to Wean Babies?

It seems like everybody has an opinion on the best time to wean their kits.  Many growers will wean their rabbits at different ages. Naturally, this may depend on the breed you are raising and your personal preference.

Here at Crossroads Rabbitry, we only raise New Zealand Whites.  I’m sure I may upset some people, but we wean at about 4 weeks if they are doing well and eating a decent amount of pellets. We also watch and make sure that they are jumping in and out of their nest boxes and if the mother has cut them off from milk. If there is a runt or two in the litter, we may leave those for a little longer just to make sure. If we decide to sell just weaned rabbits to the public, we usually wait til they’re about 5 weeks old.  This way they’ve had a week on their own. Again, many people may think this is too early but it’s what we practice and, not bragging, but we do have a very high survival rate. Yes, I know there are a lot of people out there who firmly, and I mean FIRMLY insist you leave them with the mother till 6 or 8 weeks. but there are proven studies that show it makes no difference, especially in meat rabbits.

Most growers try to get a doe bred back at 4 or 5 weeks, unless you are pushing your doe for more litters a year. Most let them stay with the doe for 6 to 8 weeks depending on when she got re-bred. Most of the time the doe will wean them on their own at around 4-5 weeks.

We practice a semi-intensive rate of production meaning our does are serviced 10 to 21 days after kindling and the young are weaned at 4 to 5 weeks. There is no contrast between pregnancy and lactation. For 10 to 21 days the doe is newly pregnant while still nursing.  Since these does never have a resting period they need a sufficient and well-balanced concentrate feed.  This allows for 7 to 8 litters per year. This is the rate of production used at Crossroads Rabbitry.

So in our personal opinion, and it’s just our opinion so don’t get upset, under normal conditions, New Zealand White rabbits can be weaned anytime after they are 4 weeks of age. The main thing is to determine if they are eating and drinking well enough to survive on their own.

 

 

 

 

Why Is My Rabbit Eating Its Poop?

“Why is my rabbit eating its own poop?” This is a question I often hear from other rabbit owners. There is a logical reason and purpose for this action. Your rabbit excretes two kinds of poops, one is for wastes and the other is for nutrients needed. These droppings are called cecotropes. 

Winter Care Tips for your Rabbit

Winter time when it’s cold can be very hard on rabbits. By cold, we mean if the temperature falls below zero. Keeping your rabbits warm is important. In the wild they would live in underground burrows where the temperature changes slightly between the summer and winter months. Raising them above ground means they are subjected to extreme temperature changes. For this reason, we need to help them stay warm and dry.

Top 50 Facts about Rabbits

 

Welcome to Crossroads Rabbitry

Welcome to Crossroads Rabbitry

Here is a list of the top 50 interesting facts about rabbits…

  1. A Rabbits teeth never stop growing, which is why they constantly chew on things to keep them filed down.  Their front teeth can actually grow up to 5 inches per year.
  2. The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.
  3. It is estimated that over 2 million U.S. households own a pet rabbit.


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