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Posted by rtdunham on May 10, 2003 at 00:32:25:
In Reply to: good weight guideline for breeding hondo male? posted by blueharlequin on May 07, 2003 at 01:25:38:
:Looking forward to next year here folks.. what's a decent weight for a male to successfully breed at?
Paul, I think you'd want at least 300 grams, though smaller males could undoubtedly sometimes breed. I'm assuming you're talking about an animal that's gonna be 18-20 mos old at time of breeding (weight/size probably wouldn't be an issue, if we were talking about one a year older than that). 400 grams would be better, sort of a point at which you could be sure size was not an issue. I've got several '02 males that are now around 190 to 235 grams, and i'm figuring they should all be at least 350 to 400 grams by the time i cool them almost six months from now.
BUT: i've had big males decline to breed. And small males breed. So there's a lot going on I don't understand yet about these critters.