Those who have only one or two pet rabbits will wonder what all the fuss is about concerning rabbitry records. However, savvy rabbit breeders know that as the rabbitry expands it's surprisingly easy to confuse sexes, ages, and breeding (therefore, kindling) dates.
Records are part of good rabbitry management as these specific details are of the utmost importance if you're planning in making your rabbit venture profitable.
You'll Want to Keep Accurate Rabbitry Records Including
1. Which doe was bred to which buck and on what date. This is the only way to make an educated guess as to when the litter is expected to arrive.
2. Birthdates of litters born and eventually the sexes of each kit. Those dates should be transferred onto individual rabbit cards on the day the kits are separated.
3. Each rabbit's pedigree should be filled out completely.
4. Every expense for the rabbits and the entire rabbitry should be recorded, as well as any income.
Accurate and constant record keeping keeps you informed about which rabbits are producing the highest quality litters, which ones do the best at rabbit shows, which pairings produce high-quality litters (and which don’t), as well as how much your profits are.
Computer programs specifically designed for this purpose are the current trend in rabbitry record keeping. These programs quickly keep track of lineage, ear tattoos, show records, pedigrees, and your business expenses. These programs are an accurate and simple way to deal with breeders who raise rabbits for both profit and/or pleasure.
Hutch cards are a great at-a-glance supplement to more in-depth records that might be on your computer or kept filed elsewhere. A hutch card is often just a large index card that has the most current information on each individual rabbit such as the name, ear tattoo number, age, breed, which buck bred which doe (if applicable), litter due dates, kits born, kits survived, etc.
Other information you might want to add to a hutch card is how much food (measurements), as well as any special dietary needs for each individual rabbit (if applicable).
Pre-printed hutch cards can also be purchased from rabbit product catalogs or obtained from some pelleted feed companies. To keep the rabbit from chewing on the card, it's mounted on a flat piece of metal that's then attached to the front of the rabbit cage.