I understand that rabbits quickly reproduce, but when a litter is born, is there a possibility that a male and a female from the same litter will reproduce?

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    +1 good question, surprised it was not asked sooner. You can tell from the boldness of my answer that I have some strong points to make on the topic. A significant percentage of bunnies needing homes, come out of not knowing the answer to just this question. Sep 3, 2014 at 14:13

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All rabbits in a family can and will interbreed, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc. When two unaltered (not spayed or neutered) rabbits of complimentary gender (boy and girl) are put together for even a few seconds, expect baby bunnies 28 days later.

There are many variables but expect rabbits to reach sexual maturity in 3 to 8 months reference 1, reference 2. Unless you are intentionally breeding rabbits, consider 3 month old rabbits, old enough to make babies.

Babies can be weened at around 6 weeks if they are not separated or altered you can have a lot of rabbits in a short time If your are not able to reliably tell the gender of your rabbits they should be separated at 3 months old.

Speaking from experience, I can confirm that baby bunnies are born when two siblings of the SAME GENDER (believed to be) are left together. It is difficult to identify the gender of baby rabbits, and mistakes are often made. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations that take domestic rabbits, the majority of the babies that come in, come from just this scenario.


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