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Poll Results: I love rabbits because...

  • 27% (45)
    They're sooo cute!
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    They're friendly!
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    They're entertaining!
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    They've cast me under their fluffy spell!
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post #391 of 1106
Are you sure she's not nursing? They only nurse once or twice a day so you may not see her do it. Did they bellies look plump or were they looking very skinny?
post #392 of 1106
One is very thin and she has the most cuts on her. The others or not big but could use more care.they tried to go nurses a lot of times and she moves away from them. Especially the one that needs her the most.very lose skin.two I got pooh no urine on any of them. There very tiny.
post #393 of 1106
I am very afraid we will lose them . If I don't do something now.
post #394 of 1106
Is the buck with the babies? If he is, you need to separate them. I'd bottle feed the thin one....but just because she's moving away doesn't mean she's not nursing them. She won't let them nurse all the time. The only sure way to know if they are nursing is if their bellies are plump and they are peeing. Often times, there is one that is weak and doesn't get s chance to nurse. Also they need to be kept warm. If possible, the nest of fur that the mother made should be moved with them, to keep them warm.
post #395 of 1106
Originally Posted by tracyjg View Post

I am very afraid we will lose them . If I don't do something now.
Also, if you're going to feed them, mix the goats milk with kitten formula......if you look online, you can find out what ratio of goat milk to formula to give them.
post #396 of 1106
He was when she gave birth to them. When partner found them he moved them in a box on the other side of the chicken coop in laundry room where it warm.then he came and got me. I spoke to different friends and family about issues. I was going to make our big white cooler into an incubator for chickens but decided to take what we had in there out put a towel down put them in it.and then he put the mother in with them and the small reptile heater he had cash on hand left from the holiday meal.
post #397 of 1106
She covered them with a bunch of fur these morning.they where away from the heater.i had two towels Down and she moved the one towel. To the food dish on other side of cooler. I just took the one towel out and left it. I will check on them after i feed the dogs.
post #398 of 1106
Weight today- pink 1.0 black-1.0 black 1.2 pink o.8 on kits.
post #399 of 1106
We started giving kitten formula to goat milk. Today at first trying to eat the heater cord how do I stop these so baby's can stay warm.we still have worrys.
post #400 of 1106

If the doe can reach it, she will chew on it. 


I'm sorry, but I'm having a hard time understanding just what all is going on with your rabbits. Did your doe really give birth to 17 babies? That's quite impressive - the most I've ever had in 1 litter was 14; the world record is 21. 



In the wild, a rabbit doe would dig a burrow for her litter to be born in - we usually provide a nest box. Because the box only slightly resembles a tunnel, a lot of rabbits don't know to use it, but the main function of the box is to keep the nest material and litter all together. Baby rabbits are surprisingly mobile; if they crawl out of the nest, they will get chilled and probably die, since rabbit does lack the instinct to put them back in the nest. In fact, the doe tends to avoid the nest most of the time, since activity around the nest area would attract predators, and most of the things that are a threat to the babies could kill the doe, too. 


In the days just before the doe gives birth, she gathers hay for her nest. When the babies are born, she cleans off the membranes and eats the afterbirths. Usually, the doe pulls fur just before or just after the kits are born, though she may continue to add fur to the nest for days afterward, especially if the weather is cool.


Normally, does only nurse about once or twice per day - usually around dawn and dusk. The doe goes to the nest box, and stands over her litter. She may nose and lick at the kits a little to let them know she is there. The babies crawl under her and find a nipple. She stands there for a few minutes, and then leaves. The babies crawl back under the nest material, and snuggle together. Baby rabbits often urinate when disturbed; since the doe doesn't do much in the way of cleaning the kits, they and the nest material may get rather wet at feeding time. It is thought that since the doe only is there once or twice per day, the babies all get wet at one time, and therefore get to spend most of their time dry - these aren't puppies or kittens; the mother doesn't really do much in the way of care. Huddling together under the nest material is what keeps the babies warm; a litter that is being adequately fed by the doe will keep themselves warm enough if the temperature is 50o F (10o C) or warmer. If the kits are too warm, they may crawl away from each other.


Most people will tell you to separate the buck because bucks may kill kits. I have occasionally kept rabbits in colonies, and been a little slack with my record keeping. On the occasions when I didn't get the buck out of the colony before kits started to arrive, I have never seen a buck show any interest in the kits at all, either good or bad. What I have seen, is the buck showing a great deal of interest in the doe. A rabbit doe 'comes into use' immediately after her litter is born, so if your buck and doe were together when these kits were born, she is probably pregnant again. A buck pursuing a newly-kindled doe can upset her quite a bit, causing her to run, and stomp her feet; babies can get trampled and injured in the chaos.


I used bold type on the statement above because I didn't want you to miss it with all the other stuff I am yammering on about. You probably have another litter due in another month; writing the date down now can help you be prepared. With you recovering from surgery and all, I'm sure you have your hands full (I hope you are doing well, by the way?), the date could slip your mind. After this, you will need to keep your rabbits separated unless you get them neutered, since rabbits can breed within seconds of being put together.

Edited by Bunnylady - 11/29/15 at 7:36am
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