Can't get near my doe to check if she's pregnant
Hi - pretty sure my doe is pregnant as she grunts at me when I try and go anywhere near her but I wanted to get her out to double check today and she tried to bite me. I have no idea when she got pregnant as I never saw her or my buck ever do it properly (he was always at the wrong end or she'd brush him off very quickly). Do does get especially grumpy at a certain stage?
Yeah, I'd say she's probably pregnant. Doesn't take very long for bucks to figure out if it ain't this end, must be the other one...
Now that your doe is cranky, you'll have to wake up her fear reflex by approaching her high like a hawk, and swooping in onto her head and neck firmly and quickly. Chances are she'll crouch and freeze, allowing you to grip her. You can speak calmly to her, reminding her that you're the Big Bunny, and she still has to cooperate. Once you've got her, she'll likely be civil, even if she makes little growly sounds.
Pregnant does are usually quite grouchy until a few days after the kits are born. She'll cheer up and be quite proud of her family, once she knows they are safe and in good hands.