Buck and doe met, don't know if my rabbit is pregnant!?!?!?!?
I got my female lionhead rabbit, Cocoa, three years ago on Christmas. A few months after that, we got a male holland lop that we named Rocco and planned to get them fixed. Unfortunately, rabbits are not popular in the city and rabbit vets are far away/too expensive.
On November 24, I went downstairs in my basement where my rabbits live and found my female in the male's cage but the male not in there. I feel like they couldn't have been like that for long because knowing my female rabbit she would've been at the other side of the basement. Immediately I checked both of them for any signs of blood, there weren't any. Since that day I've been worrying and worrying that she might be pregnant.
I've read all these articles about pregnant rabbits and the only sign she shows is nest building. I feel like this is because her cage is next to the males. She eventually eats the hay she makes them out of. I've tried to palpate (I'm probably doing it wrong) and I've felt nothing at all. She hasn't been aggressive and still even lets me pet her and feel her sides and I can't feel anything. Her eating habits are normal as well.
A few times, I've had her in her play pen and she seemed lonely. I moved the pen close to my buck's cage and she ran up to him and started sniffing and when he would hop to another end of the cage, she would go where he went from the pen. I saw someone on YouTube pluck a little fur from her very pregnant rabbit (it's day 26 for me) and she got a handful of fur. I gently reached under her stomach and got some of her fur. I didn't get a clumpful, only a few strands. She still lets me hold her and pet her inside her cage (and she's pretty territorial) she's never been an aggressive rabbit, ever.
I don't own a wooden nest box and I am looking everywhere for a cardboard box. My main problem is when she gathers hay in her mouth, and makes a little nest, and then destroys it. So far she hasn't pulled fur (I'm guessing she's not going to yet) What do these signs sound like? Please help me I'm very worried about her!!! ***** Karen Sez *****
Whenever two intact rabbits get together, especially in winter, spring or summer, you'd best plan for a litter of babies. Cardboard is not the best material - you should be able to find a cheap plastic dishpan, which will be a perfect size for an emergency nest box.
When your doe builds a nest and then eats all the hay, she has probably been experiencing false pregnancies - something triggers her to ovulate, even if it is just the sight of her friend the buck. Now that the two have rendezvouzed, perhaps this time she'll actually kindle a litter. At any rate, you'll know in a few more days. You'll find all the explanations, photos, and info you need in our ebook, Rabbit Reproduction, if you think you need it. https://www.raising-rabbits.com/rabbit-reproduction.html