Rabbits are adorable and we are always tempted to have more! Especially in Singapore where pedigrees are expensive, we tend to have ‘entrepreneurs ’ who wants to breed them for extra cash. While everyone has their choices to do what they want, we hope to share with your some considerations prior to breeding your rabbits.
1. ARE YOUR RABBITS HEALTHY?
Unhealthy parents make unhealthy babies. To determine their health, ‘looking good’ is not good enough. You should bring them to a rabbit-savvy vet to do a physical check as well as a blood test. It is very cruel to breed sick animals as it can result in fatalities to both mother and children.
2. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
Many complications can happen during labor. What if the mother has difficulty delivering? What if the mother don’t produce enough milk? What if the babies don’t eat? There’s too many uncertainties so unless you can confidently manage them, it’s best not to compromise them.
3. CAN YOU HANDLE THE LITTER?
A litter can range from 4-8 babies and in 5 months, they will grow into adult and will start procreating on their own. You can have a family of 30 within months! To stop the process, you need to separate the sexes and sterilize them. Do you have the space and the financial means to do that?
4. DO YOU HAVE A PLAN?
If your plan is to expand your rabbit family, you should have sufficient space to care for them separately until they can be sterilized. If your plan is to sell them, you need to have a pet sale license. If you don’t have a good plan, it will be best not to embark on anything illegal or irresponsible.
With hundreds of rabbits in Singapore waiting in a shelter for a home, we strongly discourage amateur breeding. If you really love rabbits that much, you should take good care of your own and not put it through a risky situation. If you want a big rabbit warren, consider adopting them. It will definitely be a much safer and compassionate decision.