Have been breeding chickens for aabout a year now and have learned alot. Recently I have delved into breeding rabbits and was wondering if anyone could help me answer the following questions based on their own personal experience. 1) Is it possible to do damage to a female rabbit by allowing the male to over empregnate her, I ask because i have read that it is recomendamble to allow the male to "hump" the female several times over the course of a few days. I have read this is recomendable because sometimes only one half gets empregnated and she will only have 4 kits, if you allow the male several chances it is more likely to empregnate both sides rendering 8 kits. 2) What would be the main cause for the female to eat her kits? I had all my rabbits running free and they had a few litters in the burrows they made and everything came out fine, it got to the point where i could not control them, so i sold all the kits and caged the males and females to start reproducing in a controllable manner, but the first litter that came out, the mother ate 2 of the kits, i seperated the rest and am hand nursing them. Some say too much handling (others say they handle the kits every litter and have never had this problem). Some say it could be a deficiency of nutrients or vitamins, i am going to buy a few multi-nutrient licks for the animals to see if this help, also i am going to buy some sterile gloves for handling the kits. Can anyone give a good answer based on science or their own personal experience? Please no lame, guessy answers, i already have a few theories on these topics but would like to hear from someone who has experineced the same. Thanks.