So, have you used vanilla on a rabbit's nose?
Vanilla? In your personal experience, have you ever used it? What if the doe licks it off, will it hurt her? I have a pregnant doe, and she isn't bad enough to where she does not even let me pet her, but never likes to be held. Should I use vanilla with her? Like I said, she is not TERRIFIED of me, just not completely used to me. Your suggestions?
***** Karen Sez *****
Yes, I have used vanilla. It works well. There is no problem that I know of if the doe licks it off if the vanilla is the real thing rather than imitation.
Feel free to use the vanilla if you think you need to. But, I think everything will go well if your doe isn't so nervous that she's straight out attacking you right now. Sounds to me like she's just being a pregnant doe, a bit cranky and wanting her privacy until her babies are up to 2 weeks old. Do your daily checking of the nest, and then leave her alone, other than talking to her sweetly from the other side of the cage.
Aggressive pregnant rabbit
My rabbit is pregnant and is due next week, but she is very aggressive and she won't even let me touch her. She was this way even before pregnancy. How can I put vanilla on her nose to check on the kits if she won't let me touch her? Please help.
Also, if one of the kits has a sunken stomach, how can I "foster" it?
Thank you in advance for your help.
by Hailey Wilks
(New York )
The vanilla extract trick works perfectly. I have a doe that is aggressive, skittish and frankly evil with me. She just had her first litter and it somehow calmed her down but also helped me check on her kits. She now has 6 healthy little squeakers and is doing fine. I recommend the vanilla, not much, but as a definite use on high strung new mothers.
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