- Published: Monday, 11 November 2013 14:17
- Written by David DeCiero
After putting in the nest box, I waited for the magic day to arrive. There was fur everywhere as my doe seemed to think that she had to pull all of her fur out. She made a nice little next in the box, but couldn’t really tell if anything was in there. On Oct 7th, I notice some movement and there were babies! I had read that you should wait a couple days to remove any dead babies in case you spook the mama. I did wait one more day before I felt around. There was 1 dead baby and what appeared to be 7 live babies, so I removed the one and buried it. There was also some blood in the nestbox as well as on the doe. I was very unsure about this, but I simply removed the bedding with the blood and let the doe clean herself up. In a couple days, everything was fine.
Over the next week, my does decided to start pooping in her nestbox. Luckily, she wasn’t peeing, so I could just scoop out the dry pellets. She only did this for about 2 days before she decided to use another area of the cage. Then, at about 11 days after birth, the babies started to open their eyes. I kept a watchful eye for any of them that did not open their eyes, but had no problems. At this point, they started to come out of the next box and I discovered that I had 9 baby rabbits.
At 3 weeks, the babies were climbing everywhere and it was time to take out the nestbox. I simply removed it, and added back the igloo. They are now romping around and jumping on mom. At night and during the day, they will all huddle together. I don’t know how they don’t get mad getting climbed on.
I’ve now had the rabbits for 4 weeks. They keep growing and eating and drinking. They are eating about 3 lbs of food per day. I reflected on the kindling process and there are a couple things I wish people had told me:
1. There will be a lot of fur. It will look like a rabbit has been ripped apart.
2. There will be blood. Pregnancy causes blood to spill. Nothing to get worried about unless it doesn’t clear up in a day.
3. Counting babies will be tough, just make sure they are alive and go from there.
4. Babies love to poop and pee in a water dish. I change mine 3 times a day now.
Anyway, hope that’s helpful. Next post will be on the big day when the babies become food.