Doe delivery question...

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Patt, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. Patt

    Patt Well-Known Member

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    Hello! Our son is raising rabbits and his doe had her first litter this weekend. It was a little odd though. She delivered one very fat baby on Friday evening in her nesting box. She hadn't prepared it at all. The next evening she started pulling her fur out and building a new nest in the corner of her pen. We moved the baby bunny to the new nest and came back and checked her 30 minutes later and there were 7 new babies plus the first one. Any thoughts on why this happened? They're all doing fine and she's a great mother. :)
    Patt
     
  2. Michael Leferink

    Michael Leferink Well-Known Member

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    Patt,

    It's pretty common for does to deliver part of a litter and then hours later or even the next day finish delivering the rest. Especially first timers. I wouldn't be overly concerned, just check the litter once a day and remove any dead kits. Not to say any will die, but if one does you don't want to leave it in the nest. If you have not done so already, I suggest you move the nest and kits to the nest box. The doe might be nervous, but she needs to learn to use the box. She will most likely use it next time.

    Congratulations on your new little ones!

    Mike
     

  3. Patt

    Patt Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
    Patt