Mother rabbit won't take care of kits
by Gertie Baker
My female rabbit has had 2 sets of kits, both she would not take care of and all died. The second set I placed the nest in her cage with good hay, she promptly threw it out, shoved the nest out of the way. Had her kits and all died. What am I doing wrong?
We suspect you're not doing anything wrong. There are various reasons a doe refuses to mother her kits:
1 - She is not healthy
2 - She lacks mothering skills (poor genetics)
3 - Her environment frightens her. If the family dog or cat, or snakes, rats or other predators frighten her regularly, she may decide she cannot care for the kits.
Reason #2 may be the most frequent one. There's really no remedy for lousy mothering instincts, other than choosing another doe for breeding.
Do any of the other options sound true in the case of your doe? If so, maybe you can take measures so that she gets healthy and lives without stress.