Do male rabbits kill the babies?

by raysto18

Do the males kill the babies? And should the males be separated from the babies right after birth?


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We don't have any experience with leaving male rabbits in with the babies, but from all we've heard and read, the males don't typically kill the babies. In fact, we understand that they can be quite solicitous of the youngsters.

(Perhaps if others have actual experience, good or bad, they'll speak up...)

But there's another reason why you might want to remove the sire - he'll be only too happy to rebreed the doe within 24-48 hours of delivery. That's what happens in wild rabbits so it's a natural behavior, but, two litters back to back may drain the doe's reserves. If it happens, just give the doe a break before the third litter, so she can regain her weight and condition.

Good luck, and enjoy!
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Sep 05, 2016
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Male rabbits and their young
by: Anonymous

When I was a kid are buck rabbit killed and consumed all his sons a couple times till my parents found out to separate them and the hutch was 16 feet long and 4 feet wide.

***** Karen Sez *****
Wow, that's a huge hutch. Thanks very much for sharing.

So, here's a buck for which size of hutch made no difference - he killed his offspring no matter what. Sometimes bucks make great parents, and sometimes, not so much!

Apparently parenting traits are individual. If you don't know if your buck will kill its offspring, proceed very carefully and with a high degree of supervision, at least at the outset.

Jun 08, 2015
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Rabbit dads
by: Sara

I have a pair of rabbits. my doe, "Alice," had her first and should have been only litter and I put my male in a cage or crate next to her so they could see each other.

The 5 babies, once they got old enough, started spending most of their time in dad's cage since the cage was wire. He was always a good dad, cleaning them and making sure they were warm.

I just had my male "Neville" fixed to prevent any more liters. 1 day before he got fixed my doe had 3 kits. 2 weeks after my male was neutered I put them back together after almost 4 months of only having through-the-cage contact. He cuddles with the babies and brings food to mom. He is the best dad. And a better one after being fixed.

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

Thank you Sara for letting us know your experience.

Yes, dad rabbits can be great nurturers, though this is not 100% the case. It must have been lovely watching Neville's gentleness.

My question is this: why was he a better dad after being neutered? What changes in his behavior did you see after he was neutered? (After all, you've described a pretty great dad before neutering!)

Thanks again for posting. :-)

Feb 05, 2015
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Baby rabbits
by: Anonymous

We have kept the daddy rabbit with the baby ones but one of them died and we have four left. The one which died had a foot print mark from one of the mommy or daddy rabbit. We don't know what to do. Do we take away the dad rabbit from the baby ones?

***** Karen Sez *****
I guess a dead kit marked with a paw imprint is your clue that not all is well. Yes, remove the buck.

The baby may have died as the buck chased the doe around to re-breed her. Rabbits will continuously do what rabbits do -- breed and reproduce. The buck is always ready to do his thing, even on the day the female kindles her litter.

So just know that in 31 days (or sooner) you'll most likely get to do this all over again. Keep the doe and the buck always separated, unless you're ready for more bunnies.


Feb 16, 2014
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Dead Babies
by: Anonymous

My sister has 2 females and a male. She didn't know the females were pregnant and when she checked on them she found 12 dead babies and 9 more that were buried which were alive. She separated the mother and live babies but we don't know what happened to the 12 dead babies. Can anyone give us any info. Thanks!

Mar 16, 2013
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ABOUT DADDY
by: RENA

MY DADDY RABBIT ALWAYS SEEMS TO START CHASING THEM OUT THE GATE, WHY IS THAT ? HE TRYS TO CUT ME OFF WHEN IM TRYIN TO FEED THE OTHERS IN A DIFFERENT PLACE. HE CUTS ME OFF AN STRIKES BACK ME WHY IS THAT ?

Feb 17, 2013
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Daddy loves babies
by: Hannah

My buck absolutely ADORES all my babies. I think it honestly depends on the buck's personality. My buck will come and smell each baby and do the "Happy-bunny-flip" then come and rub his chin on each one. I am not sure if it is simply because they smell like his girlfriend or not. But he has never shown any aggression to them at all. The only thing you have to watch for is that as they get older, he doesn't try to mate with them. This has most definitely happened before, and the poor little babies keep trying to run as far as they can from dad. Haha.

Apr 24, 2012
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Males may kill them
by: Anonymous

I know from horrific childhood experience that a male may kill the babies. As an adult I realize the hutch was too small for both parents, much less the babies. That may have been a contributing factor.


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