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  1. Laur

    Our first kindling

    I read several websites last night as well as some discussions on here (anything i google about rabbits brings me to old discussions on here. What a wonderful resource this is!) I put a few ideas together and held Mama on my lap and held the babies on my hand under her. They all took it from...
  2. Laur

    Our first kindling

    We put them in the nest box, adding lots of orchard grass hay but putting most of the nest she made in also. She had one more kit, born dead. She had it in the nest box so she knows what it is and where the others are. She was fussing the live ones. When I checked afterwards one looked fat but...
  3. Laur

    Our first kindling

    In November I posted about my Holland Lop Reva, who was having difficult labor and finally gave birth to one kit, DOA. Later I posted when we rebred and our nest box dilemma. Well we finally have our kits - two little Hollands. Here they are, a few minutes old. I was not expecting them until...
  4. Laur

    Gestational size and development photos?

    I have been trying to find, to no avail, pictures and relative size like we get for human pregnancies - like when embryos/fetus' are half their birth size, etc and show drawing or photos of their development. I think it would be educational for my daughter and make it more interesting for her...
  5. Laur

    I want to know more about Holland Lop!

    I think two cups of veggies a day is really high for a Holland. Mine get unlimited pellets and Timothy hay. In the summer when Reva was grazing in a large outdoor pen as well as a large cage and playing out of cage indoors she went from a budget doe (despite top lines and good,to very good...
  6. Laur

    Nest box timing?

    I know they say to put the nest box into the cage a day or two before due date. My daughter is eager to do it soon, although we are only halfway through. Are there reasons other than cleanliness to wait? Will she be less likely to recognize it as a place to build nest if it goes in sooner? Last...
  7. Laur

    Convincing my parents to let me have a rabbit

    Do you mind if I ask your age? Do you have other pets? Many parents are afraid they will end up doing all or most of the care (of ANY pet.) Is there another a Facet of your life in which you are sules responsible that you can bring up as reasons to believe you would act responsible to a pet...
  8. Laur

    Straw bedding ok for rabbits to ingest?

    IMG_20181223_145833 by Laur posted Dec 23, 2018 at 3:07 PM[/GALLERY]']IMG_20181223_145833 by Laur posted Dec 23, 2018 at 3:07 PM I tell my cavashonoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bishon, Poodle mix) that rabbits are vegans but this is about as close as she will let them get before she runs...
  9. Laur

    Trying breeding again.

    Thanks. Wow, that is so weird. Good thing I joined this forum because no books or web pages I read had that information. Books about breeding are written by breeders - in other words people with 50 rabbits in an out-building. So they say "Do it this one standard way." But do not say "why" or...
  10. Laur

    Help, my Mother in-law is coming and my bunny cage smells the house......

    For cats, probiotics makes their poop nowhere near as bad (especially if there is a poor balance to begin with.) Bunny poop is nowhere near as bad, but I wonder if the same rule would run true. My MiL is also German. I invited my step mother over to her house for Christmas. Wow what a stress...
  11. Laur

    How much hay should rabbits be eating?

    IMG_20181217_225128 by Laur posted Dec 17, 2018 at 11:01 PMI have more experience with cavies than rabbits, but I have always been afraid of Brassicaceae causing gas and bloating. In a cavy it would be a no no, and they can live on fresh vegetables and greens as long as they chew enough to keep...
  12. Laur

    Help, my Mother in-law is coming and my bunny cage smells the house......

    Get cats. Lots of them. The litter boxes will mask the scent of the rabbit cages. Then don't let fussy people (or, people) in. Has worked for me for years.
  13. Laur

    Trying breeding again.

    I told you about my Holland Lop Reva last month. She had a stuck baby for several hours, which was born dead. No other kits were born https://www.rabbitsonline.net/threads/rabbit-labor-and-birth-concerns.93159 We bred her again a few days ago. Our Buck, Bambi, is now 6 months and quite the...
  14. Laur

    Rabbit urinates over entire cage and lays in it

    We had similiar questions and problems when we first started. I wish I had resources like this. The books and forums we found only talked about situations well out of our capabilities. We tried lots of solutions before finding things that worked for us. We bought a litter box with plastic...
  15. Laur

    Rabbit labor and birth concerns.

    Reva has not had any more kits. It was her first litter, and the buck was young (4 months). Reva was 15 months. She felt better as soon as the kit was out. Two weeks sounds good. She gets very good nutrition and excercise. Bambi will be nearly six months so we will hope for a larger litter and...
  16. Laur

    Rabbit labor and birth concerns.

    Answering my own question, she just had one still born, or at least when I found it. Bag was over it's face. She did not go in nest box. It seemed larger than I expected, and I think that it had been stuck. My daughter is crying, but I keep telling her there may be more, and at least Reva is...
  17. Laur

    Rabbit labor and birth concerns.

    I have a lovely Holland Lop doe (profile picture) who is about 16 months old, and a buck who is about 6 months. He was selected specifically for her, as his best traits are her lower ones and vice versa. Both are from great show lines and pedigreed. We first let them have " play dates"October...
  18. Laur

    Female Rabbit Making Strange Noises.

    My doe grunts at us when she is feeling territorial. She doesn't really like us messing her cage up, and stealing her "special poopies". In her case it is a warning, like a dog growling. She hasn't grunted at her husband, but she has started spurning his advances, and it seemed to be after she...
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