it was very interesting to read the breeding info. & now makes me think quite differently about breeding our doe again.
i'm now curious about the age to neuter a male. we have a buck who is about 3 years old. i would like to neuter him to curb his mating behaviours. is it too late to do this?
Answer Dear Daisy,
At the age of three, your male bunny is not too old to be neutered. But to be safe, it's best to have an experienced rabbit vet do a full wellness check to make sure he's a good candidate for this relatively minor surgery. No surgery is 100% risk-free. But the benefits of neutering may outweigh the risk in this case, since he could then be with his mate (once he's completely sterile, about 3-4 weeks after surgery) and cuddle without the worry of babies.
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