My rabbit mini gave birth - one kit is missing its hind legs
My rabbit mini gave birth on New Years Day to only 3 babies. But one of her babies was born with only 2 legs her back legs weren't there, I don't know if the baby was born without it or the mom bit it. But sad to say today like about 2pm the rabbit was bathing her baby, she was crying a lot and like 2:30pm I saw the baby that she wasn't breathing then I knew she was dead. It was so sad when my daughter came home from school I told her and she was crying and devastated. I took the baby out of the cage and discarded it. I feel so sad about what had happened.
***** Karen Sez *****
Yeah, Nancy, I'm sorry about that! Most likely the doe was cleaning up the afterbirth by eating it, and somehow got carried away on the legs of the first kit to be born. There was nothing you could do to save the baby. It's hard to take, sometimes. Nor should you fault the doe. She was just confused and truly didn't mean to harm her kit.
Rabbit breeders and yes, most all farmers know that occasionally it happens this way. It's part of life, and it's okay. Sad, but okay.
Please take an electronic hug from Raising-Rabbits for both you and your daughter, and feel free to give your doe another crack at motherhood after she's weaned the two remaining kits.
Best of luck going forward, and God bless you.