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close this bookBetter Farming Series 37 - Raising Rabbits 2: Feeding Rabbits; Raising Baby Rabbits; Further Improvement (FAO, 1988, 49 p.)
close this folderRaising your own baby rabbits
View the documentMating
View the documentHelping rabbits to mate
View the documentThe baby rabbits
View the documentWhen the baby rabbits are born
View the documentRaising young rabbits
View the documentHow to tell the difference between female and male rabbits
View the documentWhen should you mate female rabbits again?
View the documentWhen to replace your full- grown female rabbits
View the documentWhen to replace your full- grown male rabbit

How to tell the difference between female and male rabbits

212. It is not too hard to tell the difference between female and male rabbits after they are eight weeks old.

213. The easiest way to learn is to ask someone who already knows how. If there is no one to help you, the following items will tell you how.

214. Hold the rabbit in your arms or put it on its back on a table, as shown below.


Hold the rabbit in your arms or put on its back on a table

215. Notice that there are two openings just behind the tail. The opening nearest the tail is where the rabbit droppings come out. This opening looks much the same in ail rabbits.

216. However, the second opening of a female looks quite different from the second opening of a male. This is how you tell them apart.

217. Push down gently with your thumbs on each side of the openings. You will see that they are red and moist inside.

218. Look carefully at the second opening. Some rabbits have a slit and some rabbits have a circle with a small hole in the centre.


Look at the second opening

219. If you see a slit, the rabbit is a female. If you see a circle, the rabbit is a male.