How to Raise Different Breeds of Rabbits / Tips


How to Raise Different Breeds of Rabbits _ Tips

Rabbits are intelligent and social animals which make them good pets, and they enjoy the company of other bunnies by nature. In the wild, rabbits in numbers and even when kept as domestic pets, they like to be around other rabbits. Following a couple of rabbits together, will not make rabbits feel loneliness.

Placing two or more rabbits together will not be as destructive as a single bored rabbit will be devastating. A bored rabbit can cause a lot of damage even to the house furniture and electric wires. If the rabbit lives alone, then there are more chances of loneliness and health problems in them. A lonely rabbit may get depression, and there will be a change in behavior such as aggression and biting may be possible.

Bunny Behavior

There is no assurance that two rabbits will get along together. However, if the owner can introduce them carefully and slowly, they can form a strong bond. By having a close relationship, rabbits can enjoy each other company and live happily.

Can Different Breeds of Rabbit Live Together?

There are several breeds of rabbits. However, despite their different appearances, all rabbit breeds are the same species, i.e., Oryctolagus cuniculus. Two rabbits of different kinds will not act or interact in a different way than two rabbits of a similar breed.

Rabbits do have the ability to understand the body language of other rabbits. Rabbits don’t mind the appearance or looks of their housemates, as long as it is another rabbit. However, there are a few considerations to look after for keeping and engaging them to spend a happy and healthy life.

The foremost aspect to ponder is the size of the rabbits. If you pair big sized rabbits with a small dwarf rabbit, they may get on undoubtedly well. Though, there may be a higher risk of injury to the little rabbit due to the size disparity,

Regardless of breed, it is not possible to tell whether two rabbits will get on until they meet. Introduce them gradually to accomplish a successful pairing.

How To Properly Introduce To Rabbits

Rabbits are naturally prone to form couples. Nevertheless, it takes a while for them to generate a bond together. But the relationship is there, and they remain close friends forever.

The new and strange rabbit should be introduced to the already existing rabbit slowly and carefully. Avoid placing rabbits together initially, and hoping to have the best bond between them. Instead, follow the following steps to make the initial introduction.

Set Up Two Separate Cages

Initially, place the rabbits in separate cages. The owner must select a cage with wire mesh sides so that the rabbits can see out of it. This separation is the initial step of introducing two rabbits placing their cages side by side. They should see each other to develop a bond.

Each separate cage should contain:

  • Hay as a feed for the rabbit
  • A non-toxic paper pulp litter box with a layer of hay on the top
  • An area where the rabbit can hide
  • Drinker for the rabbit
  • Feeder bowl for the rabbit
  • Newspaper topped with straw bedding

At the start, keep the cages of rabbits in different rooms. Don’t try to introduce them too early, even by sight. Try to let the rabbits for exercise at a separate time and in separate rooms.

What Breeds do you Have

Spay or Neuter Both Rabbits

It is essential to spay both rabbits before they meet. This spaying serves three primary purposes.

  1. It will prohibit unwanted breeding. In the case of two males or two females, neutering is not essential. However, for a male and female pair, it is crucial.
  2. Removal of sex hormones will help them to make them calm and relax. The sex hormones are responsible for aggression and territorial behavior.
  3. Spaying will eliminate the risk of cancer development of the reproductive organs. There are more chances of uterine cancer in rabbits.

You should wait at least six weeks before moving to the next step. This wait is because there may be some chances of a fight between the rabbits that can have a life-threatening effect on the wounds.

Place The Cages Together

The initial meeting of the rabbits of different breeds should be through the bars of the cages. Place the two pens close to each other side by side. You must make sure that rabbits can see each other through the wires of the cages. However, make sure that they cannot touch one another.

This step is the first step in introducing two rabbits of different breeds. It will make the feel safe as they are not invading the territory of others. The rabbits will be naturally curious. They may come close to each other and try to sniff one another. Initially, there may be some honking or chirping at each other. There might be some aggression, which may subside once they get used to each other.

Once they get used to one another, they will feel more relaxed instead of being aggressive. After some weeks of two rabbits living next to one another, they will be ready for the next step.

Bring Them Together Face to Face

To make a face to face encounter, select a room that neither of them has been in that room. The unbiased room will make a neutral smell, so neither rabbit feels that its territory is being occupied.

Make sure to remove any harmful thing from the room, and add cardboard boxes to hide. The addition of hay and some vegetables will help the rabbits. Relating one another with a delicious treat often aids rabbits to bond more rapidly.

Then place both the rabbits inside the neutral room. The owner must have to supervise the rabbits to avoid if any of the rabbits have shown any aggression. The rabbits begin to sniff one another and touch the nose. They may move by circling each other. One rabbit will possibly mount the other, to emphasize dominance.

Let the rabbits investigate each other for around 10 minutes, and then separate them. Try to do the same activity for some days until they can be around each other for an hour or more. If there is any aggression, separate them and don’t reintroduce them for a few days.

Different Breeds of Rabbits

Watch for Signs of Bonding

It is not possible that the bonding happens straight away. It takes at least a week of the daily meeting to have a close bonding. The body language will change when the bonding starts to develop. The rabbits will start lying down, grooming themselves, and eating around each other.

Ignoring is a sign that the rabbits are now comfortable with each other presence. When the rabbits lie down, touching one another is indicating that they are starting to bond.

The final phase of bonding is grooming each other. This grooming is the sure sign that the two rabbits will develop a lifelong friendship. You can inspire mutual grooming by smearing a little banana on the forehead of both rabbits.

Can You Keep More Rabbits Together

Rabbits, in the wild, live in a group of 10-15 individuals. Large warrens can be home to 100 rabbits or more, living nearby. Therefore, it possible to keep multiple rabbits together as long as there is enough space. However, it is a bit harder to introduce a new rabbit to a bonded pair than to add two single rabbits.

Introduce the new rabbits to the bonded rabbit by using the details as mentioned above. Treat the two attached rabbits as one item and don’t disperse those rabbits.

Bonding Different Breeds of Rabbits

The bonded rabbit of the same gender will show signs of protectiveness. The rabbit may be violent toward the new rabbit and try to create supremacy. Let them work it out themselves, but disperse them if they battle.

Final Thoughts

Bunnies do like the company of their kind, and as long as they are familiarized with each other cautiously, they usually end up coming the best of friends. It may take a little while for this to happen, and until you are happy they are authentic, getting on, you should never leave them unsupervised.

Rabbit Meat Profitability Table

RabbitsRabbits BornLbs Meat / YearAverage Price / LBTotal Revenue Possible
184252$ 8.00$ 2016
2168504$ 8.00$ 4032
54201260$ 8.00$ 10,080
108402520$ 8.00$ 20,162
2016805040$ 8.00$ 40,320
3025207560$ 8.00$ 60,480
40336010,080$ 8.00$ 80,640
50420012,600$ 8.00$ 100,800
100840025,200$ 8.00$ 201.600
20016,80050,400$ 8.00$ 403,200
Rabbits Have Average 7 Kits (Babies) /Month - Some have had up to 14

Rabbit Giant Angora Fur Profitability Table

RabbitsRabbits Born / Yr0z wool / Year
40 OZ / Rabitt
Average Price / oz
$10.00
Feed Cost / Yr
$ .30 per day / $ 110 per Year

Total Revenue Possible
1843,360$ 33,600$ 9,240$ 24,360
21686,720$ 67,200$ 18,480$ 48,720
542016,800$ 168,000$ 46,200$ 121,800
1084033,600$ 33,6000$ 92,400$ 243,600
20168067,200$ 672,000$ 184,800$ 487,200
302520100,800$ 1,008,000$ 57,200$ 950,800
403360134,400$ 1,344,000$ 369,600$ 974,400
504200168,000$ 1,680,000$ 462,000$ 1,218,000
1008400336,000$ 3,360,000$ 924,000$ 2,436,000
20016,800672,000$ 6,720,000$ 1,848,000$ 4,872,000
Rabbits Have Average 7 Kits (Babies) /Month - Some have had up to 14
Average Giant Angora Weight 10lb
40 Oz shaved Fur per Rabbit per Year
Feed $ .30 per day for 10lb Rabbit

Rabbit Poop Profitability Table

Number RabbitsManure / day / .5lbManure / lbs WeekManure /lbs Year 
1.53.5182
217364
31.510.5546
4214728
52.517.5910
105351820
2010703640
30151055460
40201407280
50251759100
1005035018,200
20010070036,400
Manure per Rabbit ranges from .5 - 1 lb per day. We used .5 for Calculations

Breeds of Rabbits FAQ

Breed of RabbitOriginWeightPurposeKits / LitterBreed association
New ZealandsCalifornia5 kg
11 lbs
Meat8American Federation New Zealand Rabbit Breeders Assoc
CaliforniasCalifornia3 kg
7-10 lbs
Meat6 - 8California Rabbit Breeders
RexFrance4.5 kg
10.5 lbs
Meat2 - 4National Rex Rabbit Club
SatinsMichigan4 kg
9.5 lbs
Meat2 - 4American satin Breeders Association
PaliminosAmerican5.4 kg
12 lbs
Meat6 -8Palimino Rabbit Breeders Association
English AngoraEngland2-3 kg
5-7 lbs
Wool6 - 8National Angora Breeders
French AngoraFrance4.5 kg
10.5 lbs
Wool6 - 8National Angora Breeders
Giant AngoraTurkey4.5 kg
9 - 10 lbs
Wool6 - 8National Angora Breeders
Satin AngoraTurkey4.5 kg
6 - 10 lbs
Wool6 - 8National Angora Breeders
Mini LopUK3 kg
5.5 lbs
Dwarf2 -3American Mini Lop Rabbit Club
Dutch DwarfNetherlands1 - 2 kg
2,5 lbs
Dwarf2 - 4American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club
Pygmy RabbitNorth American500 grams
1 lb
Dwarf6?
Britania PetiteUK / Polish700 grams
1 1/2 - 2 lbs
Dwarf2-3American Britiania Petite Rabbit Society
breed
Size
Purpose
Litter Size
Breed Association

Rabbit Breeder Associations

Rabbit AssociationLocationLink
American Breeders AssociationUnited StatesARBA
House Rabbit SocietyCaliforniaHRS
Ohio States Rabbit Breeders AssociationOhioOSRBA
Livestock Conservancy North CarolinaLC
Rabbit Welfare Association and FundUnited KingdomRWA
British Rabbit CouncilUnited KingdomBRC
European Association of Rabbits....EuropeEAP
Australian National Rabbit CouncilAustraliaANRC
Australian Rabbit House SocietyAustraliaARHS
ARBA - Rabbit ShowsUnited StatesARBA - Shows
Resource List of Rabbit Breeder Associations

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