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Pregnant Bunny

Postby Fernando » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:58 am

Hi, I purchased two bunnies back in September(and was assured they were both female)  - only to find a few months later that one is male.  

Never the less , now I believe my female is pregnant.

I have removed the male from her cage since she became aggressive towards him recently. Today she began pulling her fur out and making a nest.  Am I to assume she will give birth soon? What can I do to help? I give my rabbits a very healthy diet of veggies and pellets and occasionally fruit as a treat.  

Is there something special I should give her? After the bunnies are born are there any special instructions I should know. I suppose I will try to sell the bunnies at a later date since I cannot keep them all. If I cannot sell them(or give them away   (Do you know if the SPCA would take them???

Any info you have about what I can do for my rabbit would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much.
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Pregnant Bunny

Postby Osbeorht » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:42 am

Hi, I purchased two bunnies back in September(and was assured they were both female)  - only to find a few months later that one is male.  

Never the less , now I believe my female is pregnant.

I have removed the male from her cage since she became aggressive towards him recently. Today she began pulling her fur out and making a nest.  Am I to assume she will give birth soon? What can I do to help? I give my rabbits a very healthy diet of veggies and pellets and occasionally fruit as a treat.  

Is there something special I should give her? After the bunnies are born are there any special instructions I should know. I suppose I will try to sell the bunnies at a later date since I cannot keep them all. If I cannot sell them(or give them away   (Do you know if the SPCA would take them???

Any info you have about what I can do for my rabbit would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much.
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Pregnant Bunny

Postby Karel » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:38 pm

boxes to use as nests

Bunny could be having babies, could also be having a false pregnancy. There is no fool proof way to tell which it is until it happens. You will have to act as if it is. First three things you have to watch for:

1) she has a proper warm nest to birth in

2) she gives birth IN the nest

3) mother is feeding the babies 1. Get yourself a small box, or bunny 'house', something that is a tiny bit bigger than mommy-to-be rabbit and place it in her cage. It has to be covered and I would place a small towel over the top of it so that it keeps heat in. If she has already made a nest somewhere open with no covering or warmth you will want to move her made nest into the box if possible or put the box beside that place with a towel in it and see if she starts to move it herself. Most likely you are pretty close to the birthing date(within a week, as rabbits gestate in 32 days). Go get yourself a small package of cherry/berry flavored tums(the kind for calcium supplement). I would offer her half a calcium tablet a day till a few days after she gives birth, this will help with an easier birth. Dont force feed her the tablets. If she doesn't take them, leave one for her near her food so she can choose to eat it or not. Other than that plenty of food, there is no need to ration food for a pregnant or breastfeeding bunny. You can go back to her regular feeding practices when the babies are weaned.

2. You will have to be very vigilant to make sure that mommy has her babies in the box/in the nest. If she gives birth elsewhere you will have to move the babies to the nest yourself and cover them gently in her fur for warmth. They will be born with no fur/eyes closed so they will get cold and die quickly without a proper nest. Mother rabbit will not move them if they are born elsewhere. You have to do it. Wash your hands and pet mom rabbit so your scent gets on your hands before handling the babies or the nest. If your rabbit trusts you there should be no problem with you handling the babies. She might watch, she may ignore you, but she shouldn't have a problem with your loving help. Only one person should be touching the nest/babies through this whole process if possible. 3. Mother rabbit will have the babies, ignore them for 20 hours of the day and covertly feed the babies during dusk/night/dawn hours when its quiet, nobody is around, when she deems it 'safe from predators' to return to the nest. Remember rabbits are prey animals so they are going to conceal their nest if possible and stay far away from it so to not draw attention to the nest. She is not abandoning the babies if she only sees them twice a day. Its survival. That being said you are unlikely to see her feed her babies unless her area/cage is near you 24/7. I am hoping that your mommy rabbits cage is in a low traffic area where there is not a lot of noise. If you have children I would limit the amount of contact they have with the rabbit until you are sure the mother rabbit is feeding her babies. Loud noises, a tv, or constant visitors, could bother the mother rabbit and make her think that it is too dangerous to feed. I would give it a good 24 hours from the time she gives birth to your first 'check in' with the babies to make sure they are being fed. Note that if she has the babies at night she wont likely feed them till the next night - so check in following morning. Babies should be warm, and have plump bellies. Babies MUST stay with their mother until 10 weeks old(some people say 8(in some places by law) but 10 is the safest bet for healthy babies).  I kept my babies with the mother till they were 14 weeks. The longer they are breast fed the healthier they will be. Do not think of separating them until that time. We can talk about SPCA then, but I am hoping you will find loving homes for the babies before going to that option. Your male rabbit: Neuter him now. Do it now while he is separated from his mate. It takes up to a month fully render him sterile so do it now. He cannot return to his mate until the babies are weaned. Your female rabbit could get pregnant again the day after she gives birth if you put them together again. For the health of all I would neuter him soon. find a vet specializing in rabbits here:http://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.html

I know this is a lot to take in right now, there are excellent websites on doe rabbits(pregnant rabbits) and their kits(babies). Feel free to contact me again with further questions as this process plays out. Its an exciting and sometimes scary time but it is worth it. :) http://www.rabbit.org/care/babies.html
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