Monday, December 22, 2014

Breeding Success!

My broken chestnut doe is finally back on my good side.


I re-bred both does today. Acer was just as willing as last time, and I bred her to my broken red New Zealand buck Ichigo, who may or may not be her sibling. It was his first breeding, and he was pretty dramatic about it. It was amusing to watch. We'll see how their babies turn out.

Then I held my breath and put Cardamom in Turn's cage, expecting her to grumble and run around, like she usually does. She actually plopped right down and lifted for the breeding. I was amazed. Either I got the timing right, or the Raspberry Zinger tea really works!

I didn't bother checking either doe for color, beforehand. In hindsight it might have been a good idea, just for future reference. But they both got bred, with three good fall-offs, so that's all that really matters.

In 31 days, it will be popple time, once again!

6 comments:

  1. Whoo hoo! Did you breed her to an experienced buck last time, or was it his first time? I can't remember if his first successful breeding was to Acer? Anyway, I'm glad she finally cooperated! I know Presley couldn't get Eden to lift for anything, but Spartan being a proven breeder, got the job done in a hurry.

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    1. The first time I attempted to breed her, it was to an inexperienced buck (Ichigo, the broken red NZ). So I ended up putting her in with an experienced one (Creme buck). He got the job done, even though she was unwilling. I attempted to re-breed her multiple times, after her failed litter, and she was NOT having it. So I was surprised when she was willing for the first time today. I am SOLD on the Raspberry Zinger tea. That's the only thing I did differently this time around. Now if she can raise a successful litter, I may keep her around a long time. I look forward to seeing your upcoming litters!

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    2. That's interesting! Eden is due Jan 7th and I hope she's a good mom. She's a VERY nervous doe, so I'm prepared for her to be terrible, but hoping she's a good mama! LOL

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  2. Haha, glad it all worked out. Can't wait for popple time!

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    1. Congratulations again on your litters!

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  3. Yay!! Rabbit breeding always amuses me. I'll never forget the first time my daughters watched and saw the buck curl up and fall backward. Their eyes got so big. They thought it was the weirdest thing! I assured them it doesn't happen quite like this with people! I could only imagine what they were envisioning. LOL. Good homeschooling lesson. :)

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