I get asked often about the breeding process so I decided to take a minute and share my thoughts on the subject.
I see a lot of people that get involved in raising rabbits thinking that it will be a cake walk and there will be no difficulties because, after all, we all know that they "breed like rabbits". While this may be true to some extent when rabbits are in the wild, the same cannot be said when raising them in a controlled environment. We have to consider a host of things before even beginning to breed such as temperature, location, time of day (or night), spacing, and even their feedings. I have even read articles on considering the phases of the moon when breeding (maybe more on that later).
I think the number one thing to consider when starting a breeding program for any animal should be its source. Where did it come from? Does it have a proven ancestry? I find it always best to start with an established breeder, one who is knowledgeable and willing to help you get started on the right path and, above all else, honest. This may include driving several hours to acquire or you might be fortunate to have someone right down the street. Is that to say you cannot buy a rabbit at the local auction barn and produce rabbits? Of course not, but I highly doubt that you will know anything about that bunny except its color and the price you paid for it. I have had a number of conversations with newcomers that always start with "well, they told me it was a New Zealand" or "it is white with pink eyes" so it must be a New Zealand. I generally ask the person if they know what a Californian/New Zealand cross looks like or what a Florida White looks like. They are usually astonished to find that they can, and oftentimes do, look exactly like a purebred New Zealand but we all know that looks can be deceiving. I can say, as a breeder, that if I were to take bunnies to the auction barn they would definitely not be what I considered high quality. It would simply be a way of discarding what I either could not sell or just did not meet the standards for the breed. The other reason for buying from an established breeder is the wealth of information they can provide to you. I personally know that if it had not been for my mentors I would not be nearly as successful as we have been over the years. One thing I know for sure is that "Google" has never raised or bred a single rabbit.