The Buck castration – an animal welfare topic

The Buck castration – an animal welfare topic

We notice again and again during consultations how important this topic is.

Newly acquired are two uncastrated bucks a heart and a soul and love each other above all. The owner cannot imagine that these animals could ever harm themselves!

If one now advises these holders to castrate the two bucks as fast as possible, one is considered exaggerated and extreme. No wonder, because nobody can imagine that these sweetest cuddly babies could bite off their scrotums and fight each other to the death…

But the tricky thing about uncastrated bucks is:

  • The biting comes suddenly, mostly when the bucks reach puberty. If it runs stupidly, then suddenly over night the sex part is bitten off and an animal bleeds to death…
  • The later one castrates the bucks, the more likely they become completely incompatible in puberty.
  • It is not enough to castrate the bucks at the first signs: Once fighting and biting bucks are so traumatized that new socializations usually fail. Single keeping is not an option, i.e. these keepers suddenly have to keep two groups or give up one animal.
  • The result: Many bucks end up as incompatible “villains” from puberty in single housing! This must never happen!

For a veterinarian who is familiar with rabbits, castration is a very small routine procedure for which the abdominal wall does not have to be opened!

Some men have reservations about “robbing their rabbits of their masculinity”: Dear men, would you rather live your whole life lonely and alone and see no human soul, or among many women, but accept castration?

According to the observations of many rabbit owners, even castrated rabbits have a lot of fun with the ladies and so much residual hormones that they also have sexuality.

Important: After castration, rabbits can be produced for 4 weeks and must be kept separate from females. Unless they are castrated before the 12th week of life, then they may immediately return to the females!