Changing bedding after kits are born

How soon after kits are born do you need to change the bedding? I changed mine like 2 hours before the babies were born, she was showing no sign of labor and had not yet nested....I thought it was odd as she has had a couple of litters before and started to nest like 4 days before giving birth...Should they be brought in the house? they are in a cage with a hutch outside.

Comments for Changing bedding after kits are born

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 11, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Do I need to remove the male?
by: Anonymous

We moved our 2 rabbits indoors (due to the cold temps) in a flat bottom cage. We thought 1 was pregnant, but not sure. This morning there is a nest & I'm not sure how many kits. Should I remove the male & check the kits or will this upset her? Should I leave them all alone for a day or so? Thanks

***** Karen Sez *****
Yes, remove the male and check the kits. If the doe seems to get agitated while you check the kits, this is due to her maternal instincts. You can also remove her, temporarily. She'll be fine.

Problem is - the buck has probably already made the doe pregnant again, so keep an eye out for another kindle in 31 days. If she does get pregnant again, you'll need to remove the first litter in 4 weeks (28 days). No worries, this is how it works in the wild. For more info:

Rabbit Raising Problem Solver

Rabbit Reproduction

Unless you want to keep having bunnies, it might be smart to give the buck his own permanent home, or get him neutered (whichever you prefer).

Enjoy the bunnies!

Nov 05, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Changing bedding after kits are born
by: Michelle

Our doe and kits are in a non-wire bottom cage inside the house. The kits were born Sunday, November 1, 2015. How soon can we clean the cage? I don't know if it makes difference, but this is her first litter and she is 7 months old.

***** Karen Sez *****

If she's taking good care of the kits, then your doe will be fine with a cage clean. If she feeds them in the evening, then clean out the cage during the day when the doe won't need to be with her kits. Enjoy your bunnies!


Mar 22, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
RE Changing the bedding
by: Anonymous

Am I right in thinking your doe has kindled in a hard-bottomed cage right in the hutch bedding? If so, I would fully expect your doe to keep the nest area of the hutch very clean. You might find that for the next 10 days to 2 weeks, you can simply spot-clean the hutch removing and replenishing the 'toilet' areas, and leave the nest area undisturbed.

It's March -- as long as the doe has pulled plenty of fur, her babies will be just fine outside with the doe.

If you're using a nest box in a wire cage, the situation is very similar. We don't expect you'd need to clean out the nest box at all, until you remove it entirely around the time the kits are 2 weeks old. But, some does seem to be not as good at housekeeping as others. So if necessary, you can gather up any damp nesting materials along with extra poo-marbles, and discard them. This will typically be found right inside the nest box but not down in the burrow.

For the genuine pig-of-a-doe, you CAN completely empty the nest box and replace all the nest materials. Use some of the cleanest fur to re-line the clean nest and put the babies back into the refreshed nest. Hopefully this will be a rare occurrence.

Either way, be sure you check in on the babies every day to be sure they're doing okay and that none of them have somehow died.

Good luck!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Comments.

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Check Software