I can't tell if my rabbit is pregnant

by Kate

I have a Holland Lop rabbit. She was bred a day prior to getting her. At day 22 she began nesting in a blanket in her cage and pulling out her fur. We removed the blanket and replaced it with a nesting box, hay, and her fur. For the next week she continued to dig in her box, drank more, slept more, looked heavier, and was even a little grumpier at times. She never delivered so we had her bred again a few days after her due date. We assumed she had a false-pregnancy.

She is now at day 25 but is showing no signs of pregnancy. Is it possible she is pregnant and has not shown signs? Thanks!!

****Karen Sez****
To answer you straight -- yes, it's possible, but...

Some of the most beautiful nests I've seen were built by does experiencing a false pregnancy. The date comes and goes, and nary a bunny to show for it.

On the other hand, some does like to hide the fact that they're pregnant. They won't pull a scrap of fur till the night-of. But even so, there's usually some sort of behavioral tip-off, though not always. You just have to put the nest in on day 28, and cross your fingers on the 31st.

Good luck!

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Oct 28, 2011
RE I can't tell if my rabbit is pregnant
by: Silver Desert Rabbitry

Don't fret! My does never have their litter EXACTLY on their due date. They are always a few days late. Don't start to worry until past day 40. I had a doe that had her litter on day 40.

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