How long are rabbits usually pregnant?

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    So we got our Bashy boy a girlfriend, immediately got her pregnant. Apparently not long after she had her first 7 babies he went at it again. And just a few days ago she had 6 more. The first batch is like 5 weeks old, maybe 6. So how long are momma rabbits pregnant for and can they really reproduce THAT fast??
     
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    They can have a litter every month if together ... can become pregnant within hrs or a day after giving birth and is about 30 days gestation give or take a day or two
     
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    Please tell me youve separated them now?!
     
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    Being conservative with numbers, a single female rabbit that starts having babies (and then those babies start also having babies), by the end of year two, you could have almost 3000 rabbits!!! (that's counting males & females)
    You can see those stats here:
    http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/scary.html

    Hence the phrase "breed like rabbits"!

    It isn't healthy for your female to keep having back to back litters. It is very stressful on her body. Please separate your male from the momma.

    The babies will need to be separated (males from females) by no later than 10 weeks of age.

    Once those babies are 12 weeks, they may also start needing to be separated into individual cages -- 1 rabbit per cage -- or their hormones could start making them fight each other causing serious injury (think vet bills and stitches).
     
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    Your doe also can’t support nursing more than one litter at a time. You need to move the first litter out to another area/cage so she can nurse the newborns.

    It’s always best to do some research on any animal you’re considering as a pet so you know what and what not to do.
     
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    They got separated a week or two after she had her first batch because it was WAY too hot out for her and the babies and she wasn't feeding them. So we had to buy a giant cage for River and her babies, and he must've got jiggy within that week of them being together after he first batch
     
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    We did move the first babies
     
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    We think all her first batch was boys because all their junk look the same and have nooo clue how to tell a boy rabbit or girl rabbit apart at their age
     
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    There is quite an art to sexing rabbits, especially as babies, so please take them to to a vet or rabbit rescue etc so they can sex them properly. You still need to separate even if they are all boys as they will fight when puberty hits.
    Do you have a plan for the babies?
    Are Mum and Dad still separate? And are you planning to neuter and spay? You really need to make sure you don’t put them back together again, and do some research on raising babies! You will also need to up mums pellets and make sure she has lots of water while she Is lactating.
     
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