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Can you keep male and female rabbits in the same cage?

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I have started raising and breeding new zealand rabbits and was wondering if it was ok to raise male and females in the same cage. They are about 5-6 months old and there seems to be no problems with them together. I check on the females daily and when pregnant remove them from the herd to a secluded cage for the duration of pregnancy. I was wondering if there were any problems that I haven't thought of.

usually breeders keep males away from the females … it helps keep fighting in the herd to a min. the way they say to do it is when you want to breed them, take the female to the male's cage, let them breed, then put her someplace alone. You can do this a few times to make sure she takes. The problem with keeping them together all the time and taking out the female when she's preggo is that rabbits can have babies all the time. If you keep putting the female back as soon as she is ready she'll eventually get sick from overbreeding.

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Posted on May 3rd 2009 in raising rabbits

5 Responses to “Can you keep male and female rabbits in the same cage?”

  1. DaLady Says:

    Inbreeding if they are related.
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  2. CountryGrl22 Says:

    If she is bred to him, she could possibly kill him while prego…if at the least severely injur him. I breed those too! They are so sweet!
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  3. Heather Says:

    usually breeders keep males away from the females … it helps keep fighting in the herd to a min. the way they say to do it is when you want to breed them, take the female to the male's cage, let them breed, then put her someplace alone. You can do this a few times to make sure she takes. The problem with keeping them together all the time and taking out the female when she's preggo is that rabbits can have babies all the time. If you keep putting the female back as soon as she is ready she'll eventually get sick from overbreeding.
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  4. oregano13 Says:

    No, it's not OK. You can't house intact rabbits together. Firstly, you can't tell they are pregnant immediately, and rabbits have the capability to carry two litters of different ages at the same time (one in each uterine horn). So, you could end up with one litter born a week or two after the first, which is hard on mom and hard on the younger babies, who have to compete with the older litter for milk. Plus, with intact rabbits, you should expect some fighting, even if they seem OK now, that will not always be the case. They can inflict SERIOUS damage fighting, and even kill each other. And the third point is that you will not have an accurate estimate of the due date if you do this, and will not know when to expect birth, when it has gone too long, etc.
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  5. crazygurl0203 Says:

    If your going to keep them in the same cage you should get the male and female spayed and neutered. My rabbits were litter mates. I wanted to get them from the same litter so they could bond together. I was not looking to breed them at all. They were spayed and neutered last Thursday at 16 weeks old. They share the same cage. They are also Netherland Dwarf bunnies to. So they fit in the cage. They have to have room to lay down and stand up with no interference. They are happy together and they do not fight with each other at all. They are 17 weeks old now.
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