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Dear animal lover/keepers and friends...yesterday my doe who was pregnant for a few weeks was in her pen where she has also dug a hole with three other rabbits....i found a dead baby and a wss confusing to see a full baby who was dead and a fetus which was just a blood blob...anywyas i separated the other three from her and now she is aalone in her i found another fetus. sad.png she looks still fat and this normal ?? should i still expect babies or will she abort her pregnancy completely...what may have caused this?? HELP...I WANT BABIES sad.png
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Rabbits have 2 horns of their uterus so it is technically possible for them to be pregnant with 2 litters of different ages. But most of the time they will miscarry both litters. I suspect your rabbit will finish aborting her kits within 24 hours. If you really want a litter let her recover 3-4 weeks breed her again and then seperate her into her own pen for the next 3 months to successfully raise her resulting litter. (1 month for pregnancy, 2 for lactating).


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Are you sure it was a fetus? "A blood blob" sounds much more like a placenta. Each embryo attaches to the inside of the uterus with its own "plug" - that's the placenta. This grows as the fetus grows, and winds up as a fleshy, bloody mass almost as large as your thumb. Placentas get passes as the kits are born.  The doe normally eats the placentas and all of the membranes that surround the kits, so you usually don't see them. 


I have had a few does that did abort pregnancies prematurely, so I can tell you that kits have heads, feet, other recognizable body parts at a pretty early stage, they are just tiny. 


It isn't unusual for a doe to only conceive one or two babies; especially older does (2+ years of age). A pregnancy like that will often run 35 or more days, and when the kits finally are born, they are so big that delivery takes so long that they die in the process. I'm wondering if this may be what happened to your doe.:idunno

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Thread Starter you think they may have been placentas, it is possible as they were in a jellyish bubble thing...however the rabbit did not eat them...or didnt eat the two i found...but the question is why wud she bring the placentas to the surface ?? wudnt she leave then next to the kits ?? also i dnt k kw how old the doe is but this morning i saw her take a lot of hay into the im assuming she is still nesting, right ? and that she is still in the process of delivering, right ?? so ther might be a chance of there being some babies....(please say yes :p)
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my 1 yr old buck has chewed threw a his cage and got to my 6 month old doe

what can i do to make sure she dont have babies i have 6 rabbits already and dont want anymore

is there any way of giving her an ABORTION with out going to the vets
my doe garfield is only still a baby it would kill her and my buck tinker is a big boy please please please help me

i heard lavender parsley and sage can make the miscarry/abort the babies
but how much do i give
Edited by emma duck lover - 10/22/15 at 10:15am
post #6 of 7
Relax, there is a chance that the for may not even go into pregnancy. If she does, DO NOT try to make her miscarry, that will kill her faster than anything. If she is truly a baby, she probably won't become pregnant. Remember, these animals give birth very young in the wild, so if she does give birth, she will probably be okay depending on her age. You could always sell, give away, cull, or eat rabbits that you don't need, you can probably find them homes if you don't want to kill them, or give them to someone who will get a good meal out of them. Then again, if these are Netherland dwarfs or some sort of rabbit like that, then you should keep them or give them away as they are not suited for meat, unless you want to keep and tan their hides for a nice fur hat.🍴Or dinner if they are an edible breed. Good luck!
post #7 of 7
How did things go with your doe?
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