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Thank you very much, I think he’s quite small but his fluffy hair hides it and makes him appear bigger😂
 

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Well, about the option of an emergency spay right now, consider what it will cost to feed and house another 4-10 rabbits. Selling them isn't always easy.

I wouldn't worry too much, if pellets have 2% more or less protein really doesn't matter. Just offer her more. Those fancy names like "sience"," select", etc are mostly just marketing. Rabbits can do on forage and hay alone, pellets are a great addition to their diet making sure they don't lack something essential. Might be a tad different for big very breeds, but my 8-10lbs rabbits do fine with very little pellets.

I would give her lots of garden time to exercise, and I let mine dig as much as they want, it's a good workout to get in top shape. Also, grass is rich in protein and good stuff this time of the year, since she is used to it grazing is a good addition to her diet.

And no, it isn't that likely that rabbits lose their first litter, some might need a little help when not doing everything in the right order, like making a nest, or if the kits are born outside the nest. So plan on having some nights with getting up every hour for a peek, and prepare for the most common problems, like be ready to warm up chilled kits :)

What pregnant does around and after kindling need most is food (I noticed a decrease of appetite 1-2 days before kindling), quite and privacy. That little voice in their head, their instincts telling them what to do next, can be droned out by too much meddling and stress, increasing the chance that something goes wrong.

Calcium levels are important when kindling, since it needed for the muscles to work properly, you can offer her a Tums (fruit flavoured is said to be accepted well) when the time comes, I made cookies from pellets, oatmeal and fine ground eggshells for that purpose.
Also there are herbs to help with labour and milk production.

Raising rabbits is a great experience, but be prepared to deal with it if something goes wrong. And start working on a plan about what to do with the offspring in time, that would be as soon as possible ;).

About the buck, mine spends garden time with the two pregnant girls now, it depends on his behaviour if that works, mine doesn't bother the does now, just cuddles a lot and is part of the team.
 

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Well, about the option of an emergency spay right now, consider what it will cost to feed and house another 4-10 rabbits. Selling them isn't always easy.

I wouldn't worry too much, if pellets have 2% more or less protein really doesn't matter. Just offer her more. Those fancy names like "sience"," select", etc are mostly just marketing. Rabbits can do on forage and hay alone, pellets are a great addition to their diet making sure they don't lack something essential. Might be a tad different for big very breeds, but my 8-10lbs rabbits do fine with very little pellets.

I would give her lots of garden time to exercise, and I let mine dig as much as they want, it's a good workout to get in top shape. Also, grass is rich in protein and good stuff this time of the year, since she is used to it grazing is a good addition to her diet.

And no, it isn't that likely that rabbits lose their first litter, some might need a little help when not doing everything in the right order, like making a nest, or if the kits are born outside the nest. So plan on having some nights with getting up every hour for a peek, and prepare for the most common problems, like be ready to warm up chilled kits :)

What pregnant does around and after kindling need most is food (I noticed a decrease of appetite 1-2 days before kindling), quite and privacy. That little voice in their head, their instincts telling them what to do next, can be droned out by too much meddling and stress, increasing the chance that something goes wrong.

Calcium levels are important when kindling, since it needed for the muscles to work properly, you can offer her a Tums (fruit flavoured is said to be accepted well) when the time comes, I made cookies from pellets, oatmeal and fine ground eggshells for that purpose.
Also there are herbs to help with labour and milk production.

Raising rabbits is a great experience, but be prepared to deal with it if something goes wrong. And start working on a plan about what to do with the offspring in time, that would be as soon as possible ;).

About the buck, mine spends garden time with the two pregnant girls now, it depends on his behaviour if that works, mine doesn't bother the does now, just cuddles a lot and is part of the team.
All my neighbours have seemed to bagsy a baby so I hopefully won’t have a problem getting rid of them if there were any😂 Thank you for the help, this is really helping me panics less. If the doe had a girl, can they stay with the mum and be bonded?
 

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Yes. That's what I do, my 4 breeding does live in mother-daughter pairs. But I always pick the one that gets along best with her mother at about 4 months, it somewhat depends on their characters, but growing up and being socialised with the old one around makes things a lot easier.

A stern warning, though: Rabbits are addictive, one moment you just have 2, the next you're wading in bunnys :D
And they will be around for about 10 years. Make sure your neighbours are aware that rabbits grow out that cute baby stage real fast, and it will be work and chores for 10 years. Every. Single. Day.

But I would consider having the buck or/and her fixed, and keep him with the doe.
Together with his spayed cuddlebun my intact buck is my free range house bunny, no cage or pen or so. For some months of the year hormones take over his brain for hours every day and he can be a PITA to his girl, also there's some spraying to mop up now and then. Since I got another buck I really consider having him neutered.
Also, about 1/3 of my litters weren't actually planned. Rabbits are great at grabbing every oppurtunity, one lapse, an open door, a latch not properly locked in place, and you have another pile of rabbits. My buck somehow got down a 8ft wall, squeezed through every opening he found, climed over 6ft obstacles - they can be very determined, and fast, his record is less than 30 seconds to sneak up and get the deed done.
 
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Yes. That's what I do, my 4 breeding does live in mother-daughter pairs. But I always pick the one that gets along best with her mother at about 4 months, it somewhat depends on their characters, but growing up and being socialised with the old one around makes things a lot easier.
Thank you very much, I’d love to keep a daughter with the mother :)
 

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Ah, read my post again, I have that bad habit of keeping editing afterthoughts in, sorry ;)
 

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Ah, read my post again, I have that bad habit of keeping editing afterthoughts in, sorry ;)
That’s alright! My plan was to get him neutered but lockdown ruined that and that’s how we got the accidental pregnancy😂 But as soon as it’s over I will book him in, I would love to be able to bond him with the mother and the daughter if there was one so they could all free roam round the garden together :) I’ll try my best not to get addicted, they are the cutest animals. Most of my neighbours have had bunny’s before and i’ll be able to see them over the fence still which would be great!:)
 

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Your doe
should be fine!
Just wait 31 days and see
Around day 28 you can give her a good bunch of hay/straw and she should make a nest out of it
Once she has her babies you can give her as much hay and pellets that she will eat
Does are naturally good moms and you normally don't have to do anything (at least the first week or two)
The people that say that the first litters always die probably never bred rabbits before! (No hates promise ;) )
Good luck with all that!
 

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Your doe
should be fine!
Just wait 31 days and see
Around day 28 you can give her a good bunch of hay/straw and she should make a nest out of it
Once she has her babies you can give her as much hay and pellets that she will eat
Does are naturally good moms and you normally don't have to do anything (at least the first week or two)
The people that say that the first litters always die probably never bred rabbits before! (No hates promise ;) )
Good luck with all that!
Thank you for help! I’ll have to keep updated if she is pregnant and if there are babies! Still not sure how to check if there are babies😂
 

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Hi i was wondering if i could have some help with my bunnies :) Recently I got a new doe who is netherland dwarf around 6months to a year old. I also have a buck who is 2 ( either a lion lop or mini lop). Because neither are neutered or spayed I keep them apart at all times. I planned to get my buck neutered but it was cancelled due to quarantine. However today, i put my doe out in a run in the garden and she was happy and the buck left her alone as he has the whole garden to run around. I left them for a few minutes and returned to the buck inside the doe’s run. He was mounted on her and humped until he grunted and fell on his side. It was too late for me to stop but I separated them immediately after however I’m still worried that she might be pregnant and i’m not sure what to do if she is. I’ve done research to learn the basics incase. I’m also slightly worried on size difference, but it wasn’t meant to happen.I’m very worried about the doe possibly dying, is this likely? Doe is on the left and buck the right. I’m only 16 and might struggle to afford vet payments and coronavirus is making it hard
I would strongly recommend that you spay the female as well as the male. Uterine cancer is a major killer of female rabbits. Plus the shelters have all the bunnies they can handle and then some, especially after Easter. Do you keep them indoors? If your little girl is pregnant, predators will be attracted even more than usual when she has the babies.
 

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I would strongly recommend that you spay the female as well as the male. Uterine cancer is a major killer of female rabbits. Plus the shelters have all the bunnies they can handle and then some, especially after Easter. Do you keep them indoors? If your little girl is pregnant, predators will be attracted even more than usual when she has the babies.
I do not plan on giving them to shelters, I have the space to keep them until they find safe homes ( most likely friends and neighbours) I am still not sure if she is pregnant or not :)
 

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Does anyone know where I can but raspberry dried leaves and rosemary for my rabbit? I found one website but it had sold out :)
 

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Sorry another question! Do i keep my rabbit on the same meadow hay or do i need to change? I’ve seen some people talk about alfalfa hay?
 

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Does anyone know where I can but raspberry dried leaves and rosemary for my rabbit? I found one website but it had sold out :)
You can go to the "Tea" section in stores and find Raspberry herbal tea in invidual bags
Just make sure there is no other ingredients
You can mix it with her pellets ;)
 

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Sorry another question! Do i keep my rabbit on the same meadow hay or do i need to change? I’ve seen some people talk about alfalfa hay?
Normally you keep the same diet during the pregnancy (she might eat more hay towards the end of her pregnancy, just let her eat as much as she wants)
Once she has her babies, you can give her 50% more pellets (and depending on how many kits she has, I sometimes give alfalfa pellets as a supplement)
After 4-7 days you can give her the double of pellets she usually gets and then sometimes you even need to triple or even quadruple the amount of pellets, but again it depends on how many kits she has
I give Timothy hay to my rabbits all the time, pregnant or not


So to answer your question, I do not personally give alfalfa hay to my does (sometimes alfalfa pellets but not all the time)

Hope I answered your question haha
 

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