"Readers discretion advised: what I 'm going to share here might be disturbing for some readers!"
Only appropriate if you are beginning your breeding program and need breeding advise!
I just wanted to share with my readers who are waiting for my book and been asking questions about breeding Holland Lops, that breeding them is very easy all you got to do is put the doe into the bucks cage or have a designated area for breeding like I do. I have a separate hutch for breeding purpose's only I call it the Honeymoon suite.
What the challenge is when you breed any type of animal, you are taking that responsibility into your hands! Are you ready to protect and to spend money as needed? I have heard of breeders that had does stuck with babies inside and watch them go into shock because the baby was decomposing inside her and they did nothing about it, Nothing, just sat waiting to "nature take its course...well it's your conscience...I believe that if you are going to intervene with nature ways by bringing a doe to a bucks cage and getting her pregnant intentionally then you need to be ready to take care of her in all means necessary as to guarantee her safety and health. It might take a simply dose of calcium or it might take a C-section or euthanasia, but if you have respect for Life you will not just watch a animal die because she is having birth complications. If you breed to sell the babies the minimum you can do is provide health care to your animals or leave it for us who truly love these animals to do it ourselves.
Anyway I get so frustrated to even think about what some people see their animals go thru without doing nothing for them, I have one word for it : Detestable!
I was just finishing up with a client when Luise come rushing inside saying that Lilly had one foot outside of her vulva and she was stuck, no longer having contractions or nothing. Well is lunch time and thank goodness I need to skip a few meals anyway so we rushed to rescue Lilly. Gloves, Liquid Calcium, paper towels ,pee pee pad and off we go to maternity ward ,we need to either get the baby out or rush her to Dr.Orr.
When I got there in fact she described perfectly: "Lilly has one foot coming out" and that's all I have to work with.
That's right... I have to help my doe get that baby out now, so I gave her a shot of Calcium which immediately start working toward getting her contractions started, then I massage her belly in circular movements while pulling on that one foot, not long after she contracted and I was able to get a little bit more of the body out, and after a few strokes on her private area she pushed as hard as she could and the baby was out. Not too bad for a first time mom at all. Now remember we are talking about a doe that is a true dwarf herself and her mom and dad and husband are also true dwarfs which is a synonymous of large head and birth complication, normal does with long bodies bred to normal bucks are easier because they have 6-8 babies no problem...but I'm not breeding for pet so it's complicated to get those big heads out.
Back to Lilly,she is now on antibiotics because she been in labor for so long and the babies were possibly dead for few days now and we want to make sure she isn't going to have a infection. Breeding rabbits is not cheap and what you make selling them is not enough if you are going to really take care of them. Of course there are breeders who shop the cheapest of all feed stores pellets, give hay once a week as treats and display their ribbons with pride, but if you are waiting for my book and you are serious about raising and breeding Holland Lops you are going to do this right and that's why I'm sharing this story with you, I want you to calculate the cost of breeding not only on the financial aspect of it but also on the side of getting up at night and half asleep pull a baby out and rush to an emergency room and things like that, that will happen if you breed high quality animals. These are things that no one ever shared with me but I will be sharing with you on my upcoming book.
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