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Poll Results: I love rabbits because...

  • 27% (45)
    They're sooo cute!
  • 7% (13)
    They're friendly!
  • 22% (37)
    They're entertaining!
  • 42% (70)
    They've cast me under their fluffy spell!
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post #611 of 1106

In 30+ years of breeding rabbits, I have had exactly one doe that intentionally killed her babies - she did it more than once, and at least one time with no changes in routine or other obvious provocation. I have seen an awful lot of what appeared to be accidental killings, including a couple of 2-week-old kits that were fatally injured when their mother died in convulsions in the nest box (apparently of a calcium deficiency).


While the natural history of a wild rabbit makes a good starting point to understand our domestic animals, there are a few things that should be kept in mind. The vast majority of wild rabbits never get a chance to breed; most of the babies that are born get eaten by something before they get old enough. The land can only support so many; of the few that make it to breeding age, most won't survive their first breeding season. With a little luck, one or two of their offspring will carry their genes into the next year. In the wild, an animal hardly ever dies of old age, most small animals are perfectly healthy when a lapse in alertness results in their death.


So though a wild doe may rebreed quickly, raising several litters in rapid succession is a fairly rare event, and one that won't get repeated year after year. Another thing to consider is litter size. Wild rabbits have smaller litters than their much larger domestic counterparts. While it is true that commercial breeders push their does at a pretty hard pace, they are all about the numbers - a doe that doesn't pull her weight gets culled; only animals that can take that pace stick around. They only work with young does, too - there are no pets in a commercial operation. 


Incidentally, a doe will have a slight bloody discharge for about a day immediately after kindling, but other than that, rabbits only bleed from wounds.

post #612 of 1106
I have seen it a lot. Should I get them checked out.i have been locking her and the kits up at night together the last couple of days. I started to see it when I put down the rolled outs and milk replacer for kittens. We put in the dry goats milk these morning.tomorrow will go back to normal . The last couple of days have been crazy. Since my sons birthday party. It was held at a friends house.and the bird had to be put to yes there's been a lot of stress these week.
post #613 of 1106
I will let her out to eat and try to lock her up again with her kits these week. To try to get everyone back on a schedule . I not sure if she still nursing them. I haven't seen it. But again it's been crazy the last week.
post #614 of 1106
It's not a lot of blood each time. But enough to have me wanting to correct it.
post #615 of 1106
Smokey keeps chewing hair off of albino..her hair has been chewed on shortened on face and butt area . But we have checked her repeatedly for wounds and we can't see any. We also checked baby's (kits). None we can see. They have had more fecal movements lately.i have 3 bowls a day of kale twice a day for mom and kit. Replace rolled oats and milk replacer as needed.and every time the pellet food dish is empty. Smokey gets 1 cup of pellets and two handfuls of kale twice a day with other two rabbits as well. Housed severely . Midnight was in with chickens for a little while tell the female lost all her back feathers because midnight kept wanting to mate with her.
post #616 of 1106

Hair chewing can be a reaction to stress, or it may indicate a lack of fiber or protein in the diet. If Smokey has hay available all the time, it probably isn't a lack of fiber. I once had a rabbit that chewed his own fur if I fed him a feed that had less than 18% protein in it (there are a few feed formulas with 18% or even 21% protein). Apparently, there was something wrong with him; maybe he had problems absorbing protein or something, but for that reason I did not use him as a breeding animal.


Some rabbits lack a certain enzyme that is involved in the digestion and metabolism of a certain protein. That protein gets excreted in the urine, and it tints the urine orange or even reddish. Maybe this is what you are seeing?

post #617 of 1106
No because he is usually in the tub area in a cage. It's on the floor with albino and the kits. Where he can't get to unless he is out. He has only been out ounces when I forgot to lock the cage up. She goes in the tub next to the cage. That's when I see the hair pulling. For weeks now.before last week no blood. It's been by her food and kits food mostly.but some on the floor where she lays down to rest on floor between toilet and bathtub. Again smokey can't get to it. No wounds.
post #618 of 1106
I have given nature wise performance rabbit feed 18%pellet nature wise premium rabbit feed 15% pellet I started with.changed to first one listed when the feed store ran out. I have to feed them. But I had to switch again because they where out of both . They would starve for weeks.we only have one big feed store that has it in our area. Purina rabbit chow complete that one says 100% complete. That one they have been on since December .since before the birth.we our almost out and we will go back to second one listed.
post #619 of 1106
He wasn't chewing on her tell about two weeks after kits where born.
post #620 of 1106
My second new Zealand white Rabbit just had her kits 11 but there was a mysterious clump of red meat on one that didn't live and a lose peace that looked identical on the floor of the pen anyone know what it could be. She is not bleeding and looks fine but I don't know what it is.
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