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    Default Sexing Buns!

    Oh my isn't this fun?! NOT!

    I've always liked male bunnies better so when we bought our buns from a breeder nearby, I asked for two males, infact they are two brothers~

    Benny and Timmy


    Last week I went to a different vets for vaccines and she questioned Tim's sex saying she thought he was infact a she
    I came away feeling disheartened. I bought them to live together and separating them would be sad. Neutering/spaying is still far off yet as they are only just coming up to 9wks of age.
    From experience I know that young bunnies are hard to sex but I would have thought the breeder would have had more idea since he is a mature gent who has kept and bred rabbits since he was a young lad.
    I have kept a very watchful eye on the buns and have checked daily to see how their underparts are maturing

    (Exactly what age are they capable of becoming pregnant?
    I don't want to risk health due to pregnancy or increase bunny numbers!!!)

    Anyway like I said, I have been looking at them daily comparing them to some very good photos I found last week of some buns who are around the same age.

    Last week I was very unsure but yesterday I felt about 90% sure that Tim is indeed a male and fingers crossed I'm proved 100% right soon!
    I don't know what to do if I am wrong!

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    If its any colsolation its more normal for a girl to turn into a boy than the other way around

    I presume you realise they'll need neutering as soon as their bits decend any way to prevent fighting?

    Sorry I'm no good at sexing, I'll leave that to our experts

    Tam

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    Ah, the joys of having a digital camera!

    Just been out and taken some pics for you...
    The rabbits in the photos are 7 weeks old - I may do some of adult rabbits later, although they are much easier to sex.

    There is a knack to doing it, as you need to see the internal sex organs.
    Lay the rabbit on your lap, tummy up.
    With one hand, hold the tail between index & middle finger, and then with your thumb press down at the top of the genital area. The sex organ will then reveal itself. Don't be afraid to press quite firmly, as you need to see how far it will come out - if you don't press enough, the tip of a buck's penis can resemble a doe's vagina, but if pressed enough so that it extends fully, the difference is more obvious.

    Here we go:



    Close-up of buck's genitalia:



    Close-up of doe:



    Models supplied courtesy of the Floyd Family

    Hope this helps!

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    OOOooo graphic descriptions

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    Graphic, but helpful! I'd love to see some pics of the babies' faces too though! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KATHY
    OOOooo graphic descriptions
    Quite Kathy, but the pictures graphic or not, do help us get to the bottom of sexing rabbits

    Thanks Sue

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    Fantastic, thats the best guide I have seen yet

    Even better that it is done using such immature rabs. When my rescued doe had her litter I was guessing for ages, and one of them in particular looked different every time I looked. I thought he was female most of the time
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    Actually you may be better off with one of each as I have found that a male pair will start to fight before they are old enough to be castrated, but as a doe need to be slightly older before she can get pregnant as long as you get the buck castrated as soon as his bits descend you will have a happy couple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallybunny
    I'd love to see some pics of the babies' faces too though!
    Sorry, but they're far too embarrassed now!

    They only took part in the photo shoot on condition I didn't show their faces so they could remain anonymous. If they ever become famous, they don't want the tabloids getting hold of these inimate photographs.

    You should have seen the privacy contract they made me sign!!

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    Bunny Mum In Internet Rabbit Porn Shocker!!!



    Poor little mites. I bet they saw you coming and got all excited. 'Look it's mum. Cuddles and food!' And then you whipped out their bits in the cold autumn air so you could embarass them in front of your friends. And we all know that as soon as either of them brings one of their friends home you'll sit them down and show them the photos.

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