Share about recent or expected rabbit kindling?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by FoodFreedomNow, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have two does I'm anticipating will kindle in about a week. One is a first-timer, a Silver Fox doe. The other is a proven doe, a New Zealand. The NZ has large litters (11 and 9); her previous smaller litter was sired by a Silver Fox buck and the larger was by a NZ buck. Since the SF doe was bred by a SF buck, I'm guessing the litter will be on the smaller side...around 7 or so.

    Anyone else expecting their does to kindle soon or have does that recently kindled?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I don't have rabbits (in fact I didn't even know what kindling meant :confused:). Thought I'd give you the link to BYCs sister site, BackyardHerds. Lots of bunny keepers there:
    Best wishes!
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  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! LOL...every species seems to have its own terminology.

    I know there are folks with rabbits on here - just have to find them. [​IMG]
  4. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello! I'm expecting my Red Satin doe to kindle in 2 weeks!! She was bred to a mutt (im raising for meat).
  5. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice! Is she proven or a first-time mom? Has she started "haystaching"? They're cute when they run around with those big mouthfuls of hay.

    I raise meat rabbits, too, and am crossing New Zealand, Silver Fox, and American Chinchilla to optimize growth on pasture.
  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's a first timer... No haystaching yet, but she is scratching around in the corners of her cage! Do you have any nestbox ideas? I'm afraid I have almost 0 building experience [​IMG].
    You're doing pastured rabbit? That's what i'm striving for... But i have to get some stuff built first [​IMG]
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  7. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's a good sign - like she's trying to dig a burrow. My REW New Zealand doe is doing that, too.

    I typically use the large metal nestboxes with the wooden pieces on the bottom that you can buy online. I've also used an all hardware cloth nestbox I made for hot weather - better air flow, but it's light and can be moved around easily by the doe. Last time, I tried these plastic totes that are about the size you'd put shoes doe liked it, but the other didn't. It was also very light. The bonus to plastic is that if the doe pees in it (and they sometimes will), it's easier to clean than wood.

    Pasturing rabbits has been great! They're healthy and happy and mow the lawn. lol You're right about the building - I built a lot of tractors, but it was worth it. Let me know if you have any questions. [​IMG]
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  8. DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2016
    Northern NY
    Be careful with metal nest boxes. In places that it gets super cold, the metal ones have been known to freeze kits. A better material is wood. The rabbits might chew it, but the nest box won't freeze kits.
  9. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's a good point, especially if your rabbits kindle outdoors. I bring mine into a temperature-controlled garage bay to kindle so I can keep a close eye on them - this has been particularly important for identifying kits that need to be fostered to another doe (and I try to have two does kindling at the same time so that fostering is an's saved several kits' lives).

    At about 5 weeks, the does start going back on pasture during the day...some of them get pretty annoyed with the kits pestering them to nurse all the time, so I consider it a "mental health" break, too. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016
  10. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ava haystaching

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