Rabbits! - Page 77
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!
Palpation is done from the outside.
Kits at 34 days' gestation would be pretty hard to miss, wouldn't they?
I'm thinking that when this doe started pulling fur at day 28, that was the end of a false pregnancy. Most does don't pull fur until just before or just after kits are born, though they often pull fur for days after kindling (particularly in cold weather). Continuously pulling fur for a week before giving birth is very unusual, though I have had one doe (out of hundreds over the years) that did.
Looks like I was right - the false pregnancy had ended almost a week before. While I have had dozens and dozens of does that experienced false pregnancies, I have never seen one that went past the "due date" with one, and your doe was "due" last Friday.
I'm sorry, but I don't see this as a "mixed" blessing at all - it's a blessing, pure and simple. This doe hasn't burdened you with yet more animals that you don't have adequate housing for. Since you now have your animals separate and you know what you need to do to prevent pregnancy, you can spend your time reading and learning about what is involved in properly caring for rabbits, and finding homes for the babies that you do have (which will need to be separated by gender by the time they are 10 weeks old, or the males will breed their sisters and you will have even more of a mess on your hands). When you have a good set up in place for housing your animals, you will be able to have intentional litters that you are adequately prepared for, and spare yourself and your animals a lot of stress and drama.
Edited by Bunnylady - 2/23/16 at 4:55am
80o F is very warm for a rabbit. Your rabbits aren't "depressed," they are hot. They are not in danger of heat stroke, but they are just lying around and not moving much because moving around makes them uncomfortably warm. "Depressed" and "worried" are human mental states; these are animals, and you need to remember that. Animals do not have the same feelings that we do; they experience and respond to stress in their own ways. In this case, your animals are responding in a physical way (not moving around) to a physical stress (being too warm).