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My Rabbit is pulling fur out, why?

post #1 of 8
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I know she isn't pregnant. She is outside, is she just making a nest to keep warm? She isnt missing patches of fur or anything, I just noticed clumps of fur in her hutch when I went to feed her.Is this normal? Any advise is appreciated smile




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Edited by StevieNacole - 1/5/12 at 11:45am
post #2 of 8

Could she be molting?

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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by NewHopePoultry 

Could she be molting?


I have no idea..... This is my first time having a pet rabbit.

post #4 of 8

Is she making a nest?

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If you have any questions about Coccidiosis, Mites & Lice, Worms, Molting, Vent Gleet, Bumble Foot, Egg Binding, or Prolapsed Oviduct, feel free to ask me about it or pm me.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickens-loosing-feathers-managing-your-flocks-molt
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post #5 of 8

If she has not been near a male rabbit then she isn't pregnant. Many does take there hormones to the next level: they will create nests when they aren't pregnant. I wouldn't worry at all I have a doe that does this all the time. As long as you don't see mites and she doesn't pull out hair to the point of bleeding then its normal.

 

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post #6 of 8

Rabbits don't do what most people think of as a normal "heat," but they do have hormonal cycles. It is not uncommon for a doe to pull fur when at the peak of her cycle, at a time when she'd be most receptive to a buck. If you're trying to breed a doe, it's great to have one tell you so clearly that she's ready at that time. If you're intending to show a doe, not so much! he

post #7 of 8

Is she up off the ground? I ask because I had my female by herself and she mated with a stray through the cage. Had six bunnies.

www.youtube.com/stoneschickens

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hatch-cam-2012


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www.youtube.com/stoneschickens

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hatch-cam-2012


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post #8 of 8

All I know is that they pull fur out to line their nest when they are getting ready to have babies ... other than that, if she's healthy, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's been a little unseasonably warm in the state this week so she may just be a little warm.

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Barred rocks, red sex link, silver wyandotte, white leghorns, mottled cochin banty, silkie, blue swedish and khaki campbell ducks, meat rabbits, white holland turkeys, turtles, cats, and as much garden space as one can cram into a small urban yard half given over to the chickens

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