Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Successful Rearing of Flemish Giant Rabbits

by Maria (follow)
Chief Editor at craftbuddies.hubgarden.com/ and niftynailart.hubgarden.com/
Pet Care (148)      Family Pets (26)      Breeding (7)      Rabbits (4)      Flemish Giant Rabbits (1)     
I have been breeding rabbits since I was 14, so nearly 10 years now. I have experience with Dwarfs, Lionheads, Angolas, Flemish Giants... and many others breeds.

Flemish Giant Rabbit
Flemish Giant Rabbit image source supplied

Breeding rabbits has been a favourite hobby of mine, and at this stage has made it on to my resume. Its always a great talking point in an interview and I love being able to give tips and advice from my own experience.

My own rabbit with her young
My own rabbit with her young

I have had ups and downs with it, as I'm sure any breeder can relate but I enjoy the challenge.

Before I purchased my two Flemish Giant rabbits, I tried to do as much research as possible about the breed. All areas of research came back with the same conclusion - Flemish giant does are not the most maternal breed. The breeding process itself is quite easy- we all know the saying "breeding like rabbits"! Writing from my own experience, I've had still births to rabbit cannibalism (twice), maternal abandonment and some kits just not surviving past a few days old.

My own rabbit with her young
My last litter of bunnies

Here are some tips that can help to successfully breed and rear Flemish Giant rabbits:

Have a large, secure enclosure for your expectant mum, where she has the option of an indoor and outdoor space. This needs to be large enough for her to stretch out fully lengthways, remember their weight can reach up to 10 kgs! Make sure there is a separate sleeping and daytime area. Place food bowls and water bottles in the daytime area as to not disturb the doe.

When you notice that she has started to build a nest, this is usually done by the doe plucking fur from her own body, this is the time to start reducing the amount of times you disturb the doe. At this stage she knows she has a job to do and will not appreciate being disturbed.

When the kits arrive, NEVER EVER look into the nest or touch the nest. This is a very crucial time where the doe will be super protective and any smell of human on the kits or nest may lead to the doe abandoning the kits. They also need to have their first intake of colostrum which is the first milk produced by the doe which contains all the healthy nutrients crucial for a good start in life. I've had this happen because of a nosy neighbour and I can tell you trying to syringe feed 7 newborn babies is not as fun as you would expect!! And most kits will not live past a couple of days if they have not had the first milk.

Make sure to provide more than enough food for the mum as sometimes if you do not provide enough, she may turn cannibalistic on the young. Not a pretty sight!

Just to be safe I will usually not handle the baby bunnies until they are about 4 weeks old. Then I can be sure that they have started taking their first nibbles of food, they have started to venture from the nest and the mum at this stage will not be so inclined to kill the young or abandon them.

The bunnies can be separated from the doe from about 6 weeks old. At this stage they will be eating and drinking on there own and well on their way to finding their fur-ever home!

#Pet Care
#Family Pets
#Flemish Giant Rabbits

Image source By Eponimm (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons
I like this Article - 1
Do you have a pet story or helpful tips and tricks to share with other pet owners? You can get paid for submitting your original articles, product reviews or pet tips! Apply here.
More Articles by Maria
From my own experience of entering pet shops and supermarkets to ask for information on products...
7 answers
If you are new to owning a dog, it can be quite daunting getting used to every product and neces...
In the news over the last few days is the story of a woman who was savagely attacked and fatally...
3 answers
It is well known that our canine friends use their tail as a means of communication, between humans ...
I was recently on the hunt for a set of pet grooming clippers to use on my shaggy-haired Bichon ...
When we think of dogs and bones we automatically think the two go hand in hand, however we don't oft...
view all articles by Maria
Articles by Maria on Other Hubs
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 26120
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Many pet owners are choosing to make their own homemade pet treats, and for good reason
by Gwen
Don’t let your pet’s food and water dishes become a science experiment
Canine Dental hygiene is key part of maintaining your dog’s overall health and wellbeing
Do you feed your pets at the table? I’m not talking about feeding them table scraps- I mean do ...
Shooting (pictures of!) dogs is like any other sort or photography with its own charms, quirks and...
**%%Loves Me, Loves Me Not?%%** Cats have always been a bit of an enigma…
We all enjoy the beauty that greenery and flowers bring inside our homes
Pets are a member of the family so why wouldn’t you want to capture their precious moments for your ...
When parents bring a new baby into their home, they take every precaution to make it safe
**Who will look after your pets when you are gone?** My husband and I were recently updating ...
Dogs (165)
Cats (73)
Birds (13)
Horses (3)
Health (40)
Pets (30)
Feeding (28)
Safety (10)
Dog (6)
Summer (4)
Llamas (4)
Diet (3)
Toxic (3)
Dental (3)
Cat (3)
Fleas (3)
Fowl (3)
Grief (3)
Stress (3)
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version