Rabbit of the Month - Bambi

Rabbits Online > Pet Rabbit Discussion > The Rabbitry and Show Room > Is my bunny pregnant?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
WillowRabbitry
Cadbury Pemberton Rabbitr
 
WillowRabbitry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 48
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts

Default Is my bunny pregnant?

This is my first time breeding rabbits, and the does first time breeding also. She is a 6 month old Holland Lop. She is medium size for her breed. I bred them August 21, so they should be due tomorrow or sometimes soon. I am pretty sure she is pregnant. She barely eats anything lately and has become very cranky and mean! The problem is that they are due tomorrow and she hasn't started making a nest yet.
I don't know what to do if she doesn't make a nest.



__________________
WillowRabbitry is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
lynnnora2
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 77
Liked 28 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

I have a similar problem, I bred my 2 does on 22 August, the older one has made her nest already, but my younger one who is 6 months also seems to start a nest then destroy it then start a new one then destroy it and so on. Its frustrating and worrying that they wont know what to do when the time comes. I have now put 2 boxes in, in the hope she nests in the preferred end of the cage.



__________________
lynnnora2 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
Azerane
Mod at Large
RABBIT_MODERATOR.png
 
Azerane's Avatar
Rabbits
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 2,800
Liked 544 Times on 463 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default

She may simply make the nest at the last minute, some does also pull fur after they give birth. She is a new mum, so she may not get it right the first time, if she does have babies without pulling fur, you may have to improvise with something.

I am a little concerned that you say she's hardly been eating anything, if she's pregnant she should be eating more to support her babies.

Let us know how it goes.

__________________
Azerane is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2013, 12:55 AM   #4
majorv
 
majorv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,847
Liked 207 Times on 187 Posts
Likes Given: 122

Default

I've found that some does will eat very little a day or so before kindling. They usually start back up after kindling. Just keep pellets and hay available. I may put some rolled oats or BOSS on top of their pellets to entice them.

__________________
majorv is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
Jackelope
Sponsor
RABBIT_SPONSOR.png
 
Jackelope's Avatar
Rabbits
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 86
Liked 33 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Hopefully she'll pull fur at the last minute. I used to always gather up some clean leftover nest fur after litters no longer needed it and used it for future nests when does didn't pull fur, but since this is your first time breeding, that begs the question of what you could use instead.

If you can find a place that sells it, you can buy synthetic nesting material made from a cat tails or angora wool (make sure it's chopped up so no long strands can entangle the babies). Vendors at rabbit shows sometimes have them, but this sounds urgent. You could call around your local feed stores and research rabbit supply vendors in your area, or post an ad on craigslist (you may have more luck finding someone who has some angora wool this way).

Does anyone know if, in a desperate situation, you could trim some of of the softer undercoat from a doe and build the nest out of that? Would that be effective?

__________________
Jackelope is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #6
majorv
 
majorv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,847
Liked 207 Times on 187 Posts
Likes Given: 122

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackelope View Post
Hopefully she'll pull fur at the last minute. I used to always gather up some clean leftover nest fur after litters no longer needed it and used it for future nests when does didn't pull fur, but since this is your first time breeding, that begs the question of what you could use instead.

If you can find a place that sells it, you can buy synthetic nesting material made from a cat tails or angora wool (make sure it's chopped up so no long strands can entangle the babies). Vendors at rabbit shows sometimes have them, but this sounds urgent. You could call around your local feed stores and research rabbit supply vendors in your area, or post an ad on craigslist (you may have more luck finding someone who has some angora wool this way).

Does anyone know if, in a desperate situation, you could trim some of of the softer undercoat from a doe and build the nest out of that? Would that be effective?
You don't need to trim it, but on the belly the hair usually comes out pretty easily if the doe hasn't pulled it when she kindles. You can also use dryer lint in a pinch. Pet stores sell nesting material, which you could keep on hand for future use.
__________________
majorv is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
Jackelope
Sponsor
RABBIT_SPONSOR.png
 
Jackelope's Avatar
Rabbits
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 86
Liked 33 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by majorv View Post
You don't need to trim it, but on the belly the hair usually comes out pretty easily if the doe hasn't pulled it when she kindles. You can also use dryer lint in a pinch. Pet stores sell nesting material, which you could keep on hand for future use.
Awesome! Thanks for information. That should help the Op a lot more than I could.
__________________
Jackelope is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2013, 12:15 AM   #8
middlemuse
Emma - Member
 
middlemuse's Avatar
Rabbits
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Clinton Township, MI
Posts: 141
Liked 39 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

You're in Michigan, right? Worst case and you need some fur for the babies, let me know. I've got a bunch of Aria's in bag from her last molt. (Figured I'd spin yarn or something with it.)

__________________
middlemuse is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #9
WillowRabbitry
Cadbury Pemberton Rabbitr
 
WillowRabbitry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 48
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Thank you so much everyone! She ended up not being pregnant so I rebred them yesterday. I will tell you what how it go's when the babies arrive next month!

__________________
WillowRabbitry is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #10
ladysown
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Posts: 699
Liked 165 Times on 137 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

HOLD ON...

rabbits can go up to day 35-36 after breeding before they kindle.

SHE was giving you clues that she was pregnant... not eating much, being temperamental.

MANY rabbits will breed even if they are pregnant.

MAKE SURE that rabbit still has a nestbox and bedding materials.



__________________
ladysown is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pregnant Bunny!? mystikal General Rabbit Discussion 34 09-24-2012 01:28 PM
Pregnant bunny, need help!! furrybutts Bunny Blogs 8 09-23-2012 06:38 PM
How can you tell if your bunny is pregnant? mysticcrystal Nutrition and Behavior 5 12-13-2011 01:04 AM
could my bunny be pregnant? bummietime The Rabbitry and Show Room 44 04-24-2007 03:54 PM
Pregnant Bunny? Nubbybun General Rabbit Discussion 25 04-19-2004 02:54 AM