Do not let the title of this blog fool you. You may very well find yourself using that phrase over and over again when trying to decide which bunny stays and which one goes. It can become quite difficult to decide, even for me.
It is very easy to become attached to a specific bunny and not want it to leave but unless you are planning on building a warehouse and have a never ending supply of both money and feed it is not very practical. One of the things that I oftentimes find odd is that sellers expect you to keep "their" bunny forever and never get rid of it. That is like selling someone a car and then telling them where and when they can drive it. I will admit that I have my "favorites" who will probably never leave purely for sentimental reasons but I am no fool.
I would much rather see a rabbit go to another breeder when it can still be of some use to their program than to hang on to it until it no longer benefits anyone. I am very adamant about preserving specific bloodlines as in the case of my original blue whose line continues to be very dominant. I do not, however, have to keep every kit from the line to do so. I do so love seeing all the new little ones but I know that most, if not all, of them will have to say their goodbyes as we make room for others along the way.
So how do I decide whether to keep any new kits? It is a simple matter that can be answered with a few questions:
1. Did I get the colors I was expecting from the pairing?
This may not seem like much of a big deal but it is important that if I bred two reds
that I get reds, not some unrecognizable color.
2. Do any of the kits "stand out" in comparison to the rest of the litter?
Is one clearly larger than the rest or is one's color more uniform?
3. Is the "stand out" a buck or a doe?
What does your breeding program need from this pairing?
These are the first three questions that I normally ask myself when making a selection. Though there are a lot of variables to consider as well these are the basics.
It sounds a lot better than eenie, meenie, miney moe, one of you has got to go. lol