Help-Kindling Doe w/Attitude!

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  1. Kumi_Ori

    Kumi_Ori Active Member

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    I have a doe who refuses to make a nest in the box. she made one in
    the corner of the cage and I moved it to the box and then put the box
    in the same corner she had the nest in. When I came back later she
    had torn the whole thing apart and was trying to eat the hair she
    pulled! She was really ****ed!! I had to remove the hair from her
    mouth(quite a large chunk of it!)and have a little talk with her. Now
    she refused to make a nest at all. Do you have any recommendations?
    She is having the kits on the wire right now. I am afraid if I move
    them to the box she will have another tantrum and hurt them. What do
    I do?
    Kristi
     
  2. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Since she is already kindling on the wire, it is basically too late to do much of anything except to pick up the kits and place them in the nest box. Hereafter, if you have a doe who insists on making the nest in a corner instead of the box, try placing two nest boxes in the cage.... or, simply stuff the cage with straw and/or hay and wait for her to deliver, then move them to a nest box.

    Pat Lamar
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  3. Kumi_Ori

    Kumi_Ori Active Member

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    She had 9 kits, all on the wire. We did get them and put them in the nest box. We brought the nest box in the house for warmth since it is quite a bit below freezing and our shed is not heated. I did pull more fur from her to add to the nest. I heard somewhere that does do not get their milk in until after they kindle. Is that true? How long after? I will need to put them back with her for feeding but need to know when to do that. Thanks for your input.
    Kristi
     
  4. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You have up to 24 hours to return the nest box.

    Pat Lamar
    President
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Dept. Committee
     
  5. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Watch her and check the kits. Often this type of doe will not readily
    nurse the kits willingly. You may need to resort to holding her over
    the kits to allow them to feed.

    Good luck! It's really good that you were available and observant
    when she kindled.
     
  6. Kumi_Ori

    Kumi_Ori Active Member

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    Thank you everyone for your advise and support! We are keeping the kits in the house at night until they get some fur. Late last night we brought the doe in and just put her in the nest. I do not think her milk was in yet but it was good for her to just sit with them. We put her back out after a little while. This morning we put the nest in with her and she checked it out. After about a bit she just hopped in and crouched over them. All seems well. I suppose having 9 kits your first time can be a little disconcerting!
    Thanks
    Kristi
     
  7. CountryGoalie

    CountryGoalie Well-Known Member

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    Try having ten! One of my black magpie Harlequin does recently had her first litter - and she had ten! Fortunately, she had an idea on how to take care of them. :rolleyes: I've had some does who stressed out, though. :)
     
  8. Rosarybeads

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    Her milk should have come in almost immediately, could you see (in their tummies) whether or not they had nursed? Sounds like she is being more cooperative about the nursing (crouching). :) Good luck
     
  9. Kumi_Ori

    Kumi_Ori Active Member

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    Milk is not visible in the mammary glands but you can tell that the kits have had a meal, their tummies are full. I cannot seem to feel any milk yet either but her nipples are visible now, they weren't last night. Kits are warm and active ;)
    Kristi