Kits too large to deliver?

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by LizinNH, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. LizinNH

    LizinNH Well-Known Member

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    Have any of you ever had a doe try to deliver kits that seemed to be to large for her to deliver? I went out this morning and found a kit on the wire and the doe trying to deliver another. There was a third dead in the nest box. All three had bruising and swollen tongues. Should I not rebreed this doe for fear it will be a rcurring problem ? Should I try again and breed to a different smaller buck? Will this difficult deliver affect her abilty to carry another litter? She is a beautiful,sweet harlequin doe and I'd hate to lose her.

    Liz in NH
     
  2. birdie_poo

    birdie_poo Well-Known Member

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    What kind of buck was she bred to?
     

  3. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Just a thought.
    So other more experienced people can help.
    How about providing the following info.

    Her age and breed
    Bucks breed
    Is this her first litter?
    and any other info,
    as it may help others give advice.
    Sorry to hear about your bunnies.
     
  4. LizinNH

    LizinNH Well-Known Member

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    The buck she was bred to is @ 1 yr. old he is a harlequin/d'argent cross.
    The doe is a pure harlequin @ 1 yr old, this was her second litter. Different buck for the first one.
    However,
    I had bred another doe to the same buck and the results were the same.
    Doe number two is a californian @ 1 yr. old, this was her second litter.
    The kits were also a difficult/strange delivery. Thus far I have found five kits. Three of them look unusually large, 1 is normal sized, 1 is not fully developed. All dead.
    I think the problem is with the buck. Maybe some type of genetic abnormality from his Harlequin/D'argent crossing.
    Ant suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Liz in NH