We locked our barn down several years ago. This was done for our animals and our protection. This explains it.
I have asked if I could repost the following and was granted permission. She says it best! The following was borrowed from https://www.facebook.com/meadowmunchers/
Why animal breeders may not invite you in anymore
You’ve probably read somewhere, maybe even from me, that a breeder that won’t let you see where animals are kept or meet your animals is a big red flag.
That breeders who won’t let you meet the animals or see where they are kept must be hiding something.
Well that’s no longer true
Why you ask?
Because there is a vendetta in the USA right now against breeders, even the really good breeders.
Anti breeder types, be they from HSUS or PETA or other animal rights groups or overzealous animal shelter workers or other similar people are making it their life’s work to get breeders animal seized and stop all breeding.
Many times this involves lying, filing false complaints or worse- setting the breeder up.
Sometimes these people even gain the breeder’s trust or work for them.
No matter how clean your animals are.
No matter how well fed and clean your animals are.
No matter how careful you are to only breed the best and most fully health tested animals
No matter how much time and money you put into them and how much money you lose.
These people are looking to get your dogs seized, to get another “horrible breeder” story in the news, to use you and your animals to get restrictive laws passed.
Breeders now must not only do their absolute best , they now must guard against those that would destroy their life’s work and the animals they love for no reason other than hate.
So the next time an animal breeder grills you with questions, or meets you in their driveway or even at the shopping center in their town, don’t hold it against them – they may just be doing all they can to keep hateful people from destroying all they love.
**Side note — ALWAYS MEET IN PUBLIC PLACE and let someone know who you are meeting. If possible take someone with you.
Contrary to popular belief – Bunnies don’t always breed like we would like them too. Especially if you are anxiously awaiting a litter. It can become very stressful and dishearten when you can’t get rabbits to breed and have babies.
I have learned a few tricks over the years that have helped me.
- Add “mother” Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water. This will help does come on into cycle. We do this with all our bunnies.
- Put buck into doe cage.
- If doe isn’t mean then you can leave buck with her for a few days – I don’t care to do this because it can cause injury and you don’t know 100% if they mated or not.
- Breed on table – position doe and hold while buck mounts.
- Another trick is to swap cage with buck and doe – leave them in each other’s cages for a few days then place doe with buck.
- They say Parsley will help fertility but I have not tested that theory.
- You can also put them in a carrier and drive around town. There is something about traveling that seems to bring them in.
- Add light so that they have longer “daylight” time during those shorter days.
- Feed can also play a major role in breeding and fertility.
- Doe is considered “in” when her vulva is swollen and red. She will normally raise up on back end if you put your hands on her back.
- Does will also get very testy and grumpy when cycling.
- Don’t let virgin bucks get tore up by grumpy doe – it will make him shy and leery of breeding.
- Also make sure that buck has both set of testicles and doesn’t have spit penis.
- Another thing is to make sure that the rabbits are of appropriate age to breed depending on breed they are.
If you have any tips or questions- Please feel free to comment here. Don’t give up!