Pregnant Rabbit Question

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  1. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, this one is for you'uns with knowledge of the hare that grabs yer hart. I bought a large mixed breed doe about two weeks ago. She started pulling hair 10 days ago, beginning with just a small amount and adding to it each day. Again in small amounts. She has a large tummy and is not eating as much as she did when I first got her. However, she remains very alert and active in her cage. I'm afraid she may be absorbing. I've heard this could happen, esp. if you move them to someplace knew while pregnant. I don't have a specific breeding date. Any knowledge, facts or opinions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    I suggest you ask at http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/ they can give you alot of helpful advice.

    Did you purposely breed her btw? I mean, how do you know for sure she's pregnant?
     
  3. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some Does will pull fur up to 2 weeks before kindle. so this is actually normal.

    2d case where as you do not know when she was actally bred, she could easily be ready to kindle now.
    Do you have a nest box for her, or a kindle box on the back of her hutch? if not a simple nest large enough for her to get into and turn around will do for now.
    give her hay to build with and to insulate the babys when they are born.
    Rabbits kindle 28 to 31 days after inception.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I have a doe that routinely goes 35 days.
     
  5. Lil Chirp

    Lil Chirp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be going through a false pregnancy,we have a rabbit thats doing that because there is a golf ball in her box.
    The best thing to do is put a wood or metal nesting box just big enough for her to climb into in her cage.
    Line the bottom of the box with card board and then put on a half inch layer of wood chips and fill the nesting box with straw,not hay.They eat hay.
    I hope this advice helps. Good Luck!
     
  6. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update:
    12 days of pulling hair: frustrating!
    12 days of looking in an empty nest box: intolerable!
    12 days wondering if I made a jumbo mistake: painful!
    9 kits in the box, all doing great: priceless!
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yayyyy!
     
  8. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats great. I hope the kits are doing good. Can we see some pics?
     
  9. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have all the technology yet to post pics but can tell you that 8 are black and one is a cute little red! All are still doing fine. And thanks for caring folks, it means allot!
     

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