On the theme of starter stock and how to best begin your rabbitry in our previous post, How Do You Find Starter Stock?, I wanted to share some advice I saw an experienced breeder give recently.
This breeder recommended buying two pair of rabbits, a quad, when beginning your rabbitry. Most experts will suggest buy just a trio, two does and a buck. If you’re in an area where it’s easy to find your breed that is perfectly sound advice as one buck is certainly able to service two does without a single problem.
However, if you’re looking at a hard-to-find or rare breed, or you’ll have to transport the rabbits a good distance to get them home, you might strongly consider purchasing a quad. This helps insure your investment is anything goes wrong (because we all know Murphy and his stinkin’ Law!).
For example, what if something incapacitates just one of your rabbits… but it’s the buck? What will you breed to your does for babies? In the “what if” possibilities that buck becomes pretty important and have another boy around might not be so bad!
I had never considered this prior to reading his advice, but now think it’s a pretty smart plan. That second buck is like purchasing insurance – possibly never necessary or utilized but terribly, terribly important if worst comes to worst.
Tagged: breeding, buying new stock, disaster rabbitry plan, insurance, rabbitry set up, rabbits, starter stock
I’m loving your Website. I agree with the 2 buck policy, I’m in Australia and although I’m not breeding rare or pure breeds (personal use) I have had problems having only 1 buck. My NZ fellow died in March 2014 from teeth problems with subsequent lung infections. I bought a new buck, NZ REW but he was only 8 wks old in April. I got 1 litter from him and he died in October from Myximatosis. So now I have 2 bucks one is 13 wks old the other is 12 weeks old and different breeds. Crossing fingers I can keep these boys safe! I am hoping to breed a Doe every 2.5 weeks, I have 4 Does and not actually got a good breeding program rolling as yet! 2 buck policy is essential in my mind.
Thank you for reading and I’m so glad to hear we aren’t the only ones who see value in a second buck. Our problem right now is WHICH second buck to keep! 🙂