Holland lop is pregnant?

by Alexandria
(Beaverton, OR)

I have a Holland Lop brood doe that is two years old and a proven mom. I had my aunt palpate her stomach. She said there were little balls the size of blueberries in her stomach (not where her poop is). She's been pregnant for 28 days--are her babies fully developed?

I'm thirteen years old and not a very experienced breeder, so plz answer asap. I don't know what to do. I thought they were supposed to be bigger because she is going to have them in around three days...


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Mar 22, 2011
RE Holland Lop
by: Moderator

Our first question, Alexandria, is: "Did your doe get to hang out with the buck at any time while you thought she was pregnant?" Because, it is possible that when you first bred the doe, no pregnancy developed. If she was re-exposed to a buck in the last 10-12 days, you would then feel exactly what you described.

My next question is: "Is your aunt an experienced breeder?" Meaning, can she clearly recognize what she is feeling when she palpates a doe? You did a good job of describing, so I'm guessing a 'yes' on this question.

It's hard for us to give you a cut-and-dried answer without actually seeing your rabbit.

What to do:
--Give your doe a nestbox on day 28, as usual. It could be she is indeed that far along and everything will be fine.

--If no babies on day 31-35, expect that those 'marbles' were 10-day-old embryos, more or less. If you aren't exactly sure when the second breeding took place, you could leave the nestbox in with the doe until she kindles the new litter. Better safe than sorry.

We hope this helps you. Let us know how it goes, okay? Good luck....

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