"Nesting" type behaviour in male rabbit?? Help!

by Sue
(UK)

My 1 yr old 'male' rabbit is scratching vigorously at his cage floor and gathering up mouthfuls of hay and seems quite frantic. he wont let go of the hay and runs around the room with it and then backwards and forwards to his cage with it in his mouth. I have had him for only two months and I'm not 100% sure it is a male. This is the second time he has done this, the first time he stopped after 3-4 days.


Any ideas on why? And anything i can do to ''help'' him?

***** Karen Sez *****
Yes, I'm very dubious about this 'buck's' buckhood too. Because, you're surely describing a female rabbit. The first time it gathered nesting materials was probably a false pregnancy. And perhaps this episode is as well.

Why don't you go to http://www.raising-rabbits.com/sexing-rabbits.html, and see if you can figure out for certain if the 'he' is really a 'she.'

So let me ask: does this 'buck' live with or have access to any other rabbits? If you happen to have another intact buck, the rabbit in question, if female, may be pregnant. If it has access to a dominant female, the act of humping can bring on a false pregnancy.

How to help 'him?' Determining the true gender is a start, and from there you can decide what the next step(s) should be.

--If female and pregnant, you need a nest box stat.

--If female and not pregnant, a false pregnancy will work itself out without problem.

--If male...wow, I'll be very surprised!

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