Too many false pregnancies
I have been several cases of false pregnancies, the rabbits mate and several times over, in about the middle of the time for kindling the rabbits pull fur which i thought was a good sign, scratch the pen and then at the end of date no young ones. What can I be doing wrong.
Ronald***** Karen Sez *****
That's very frustrating, I know. Sorry Ronald.
Have you palpated your does around day 10-12, meaning, are you sure they were pregnant to start with? (You *do* describe signs of pregnancy.)
If your does are pulling fur in the "middle" of the pregnancy, I think they are actually resorbing their babies. This 'looks' like a false pregnancy, because all you see is an empty nest box. It is more promising to see your doe pulling her fur after day 21.
If the does are resorbing their litters, then take a look at their food. Is it fresh? High enough in protein? High enough in vitamins and nutrients? Are you feeding a commercial rabbit pellet, and is the pellet fresh?
In the wild, rabbits don't resorb their fetuses until their nutritional status becomes drained from back-to-back breeding. In your case, Ronald, the problem doesn't sound like over-breeding, it sounds like a case of an inadequate feed ration in some regard.
But, there's also one other possibility - rabbits' dormant period. We're approaching springtime. If your rabbits' false pregnancies were all during the winter, then possibly the bucks were shooting blanks during their dormant period. If this is the cause, then you should start seeing bunnies in your nestboxes fairly soon. Hope so!
Good luck, and enjoy your rabbits...