I’ve been thinking of doing a blog post like this for some time. Sexing rabbits can be incredibly easy when they’re older, but extremely difficult when they’re babies because everything is so much smaller. We don’t have babies currently, but I will do my best to explain how you can tell a boy from a girl and later when we do have them, I’ll do another blog post with the smaller versions.
First, flipping your rabbit onto it’s back and giving it a minute will put them into a trance. It’s incredibly cute when they do this, and one of my rabbits happens to like it so much that he’ll fall asleep and snore away – letting you do just about anything to him. The more you handle your rabbits like this, the more receptive they’ll be to it.
When you have your rabbit in a trance, or at least comfortable and not fighting with you, find their genitals and push lightly on either side of it to get them to pop out a bit, this way you get a better look at it. Does will have a slit ‘|’ bucks will have an oreo-shaped ‘0’
This is my doe, PJ. A doe won’t have anything around her genital area. You want to press your fingers on either side of the opening there.
See how it pops out a little bit? You can get a better look here. The slit ‘|’ shows that she’s indeed a doe. This is on a full grown girl, but when they’re younger it’s harder to tell. You have to look closely but there will almost always be a distinct slit or 0 shape by 6-7 weeks (at least in New Zealands, and some people like to take longer but I separate the does and buck at that age).
Here is my buck, Taco. He’s old and in retirement, so he’s uh.. a little saggy, but you still get the idea 🙂 The boys will have them smaller and on either side of the genital area. Sometimes they’re harder to spot at a younger age.
Push down the same as you did for the female, and this is what you get. It’ll be very obvious when it’s a boy (an adult buck).
As younger bucks (6-7 weeks) they won’t pop out like this, which is what makes it hard to tell between a doe and a buck because they’ll look the same at that age.
Here are examples of younger rabbits: