How to tell if kits are nursing?

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by LizinNH, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. LizinNH

    LizinNH Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    103
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
    Well, my californian doe had her first litter of 6 kits on Sunday. Unfortunately she had them on the wire. I scoped them up and put them in the nest box with all the fur she pulled. However, how can I tell if she is nursing them? I haven't seen her in with them, but then I'm not standing over her 24/7. Is there any way to be sure? I don't want them to slowly starve to death. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
    Liz in NH
     
  2. westbrook

    westbrook In Remembrance

    Messages:
    1,600
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    their tummys are round and full! :)

    The doe only nurses them once a day for about 5 minutes. The only way to watch her is to pull the nesting box and give it to her once a day. Within 20 minutes or so she will jump in and nurse them.

    This is where an in box video camera comes in handy!
     

  3. Thumper/inOkla.

    Thumper/inOkla. Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    594
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    Location:
    centeral Okla. S of I-40, E of I-35
    Kits that are not getting fed start to look like deflated balloons, and get wash board looking wrinkles as if they are shrinking in their skin.
     
  4. Georgiaberry

    Georgiaberry Member

    Messages:
    21
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2003
    Location:
    SW Arkansas
    We had the same experience when we first got rabbits - it took a while before we caught them nursing. Having nursed a baby myself I found this very unusual . . . As our buns got bigger and fatter we guessed they must be getting fed, and occasionally one would be out of the box - pulled out when the mom hopped out. Rabbits just have a weird nursing pattern.