Can two pregnant does birth and raise kits in their shared hutch?
(Wellington, New Zealand)
I have two giant Flemish girls (sisters) who I mated on the same day (with a lovely little white buck). They live in a big hutch (metres long, with an equally big sleeping hutch). They also share the hutch with a smaller mixed breed girl (unrelated). They all get along well. Do I put two next boxes in their hutch, or do I have to put them in individual hutches until the kits are old enough? If I can leave them together in their home, is it ok to leave the unrelated doe with them still (she's a lovely girl, toilet trained and comes in the house several hours each evening). I've owned bunnies all my life, but this is the 1st time I've bred them. Jo
***** Karen Sez *****
Not being able to see your set-up, it does sound like you've got an arrangement where you might be able to leave all the animals in their huge hutch. The rabbits have formed their own 'colony,' They're getting along well. They apparently have the pecking order all worked out.
Sufficient space is the key to success - were it me, I'd give it a try!
Watch closely however to ensure that no one's hormones make them cranky enough to start getting combative with their cage-mates.
It might turn out great, but if necessary, you can pull out a grouchy doe and give her her own space until you've weaned her kits.
Let us know how it goes!