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need help mean doe rabbit

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by poohevans, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. poohevans

    poohevans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can anyone tell me why my doe is soo mean ?

    i have just got a new doe rabbit

    she was soo sweet when i got her last saturday

    but now she has turned into a devil

    i cant stick my hand into her pen without her trying scratch

    me to death

    can she be in heat ? are might be bred?

    need help

    thanks
     
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Ohhhh....I bet she's bred! You'll know for sure in a few weeks or even less. Be sure you have a nest box with hay or wood shavings for her, just to be on the safe side. She will pull out her hair and add to the nest box before the birth.

    That the only thing that makes mine do that unless there is a dog around when your about to pick them up. Very skiddish of dogs. Otherwise, I would still pet her and offer treats.
     
  3. poohevans

    poohevans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for your reply

    i need move her to a bigger pen then and get a next box today for

    her

    i cant wait to have babies if that what wrong with her


    she is a new zealand doe

    thanks
     
  4. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I have NZ rabbits and the only time mine are grumpy is when they are pregnant. Good luck.
     
  5. mekasmom

    mekasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can get mean when they have babies too. One of my Californias bit me today to the point that I bled when I stuck my hand in to move back a bunny that had gotten out of the nestbox.
     
  6. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes does just get mean once they are of breeding age. I also had a doe that was just cage aggressive. Once you had her out, she was very sweet but didn't want your hand in her cage.
     
  7. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my does does that also. I intend on culling her. Temperament is important to me. I have other that get the same amount of handling but she is the only mean one. I am going to breed her once and then dinner.
     
  8. mamato3

    mamato3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nz doe turned mean yesterday and she is 31 days along should have babys and time. But if she does not calm down im going to cull her. She is refusing to let me take care of the nestbox that she uses as a litter box.
     
  9. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my mean doe just had her babies and ate three of them. She had them on the wire. I saved two and will foster them to the other doe that had her babies yesterday I took away the nice momma next box and will bring it back in a couple of hours. that way the scents will mingle and the two fosters should smell like her own kits. Hopefully they will make it.
    I intend on culling her. I don't like to be bit every time I clean her cage. But now that she killed the babies. She is definately packing her stuff to go to freezer camp. That sucks.
    On a brighter note she is really big and should make a decent meal.
     
  10. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in my oppinion rabbits are cage aggressive because they cant see very well up close. to them a hand comming in the cage is a predator and they are just trying to warn you off.... I have had does that are aggressive when they need to be bred. sounds to me like she is ready to be bred. if you are not sure and you have a buck put her in with the buck. you will know if she is ready cause she will stick her butt up in the air.. if she chases the buck and tries to fight him off chances are she is already preggers... or not old enuff yet. I would put a nest box in with her just to be sure.....

    I have does that are otherwise sweet tempermented but when too much time has passed between a breeding they become extremely aggitated at the slightest movement....

    btw some does are just crabby, and I have not had much luck with does that are cage aggressive raising babies.... they tend to eat the babies or stomp them in the nest box. and I have to agree with the person who said they removed the babies from the agressive girl... this behavior (IMO) is a learned behavior.... momma teaches the babies to be this way so if you want your babies to be handleable get them away from the mom who is like this and put them with a non-agressive mother!

    good luck with her....
     

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