"Nesting" type behaviour in male rabbit?? Help!

by Sue

My 1 yr old 'male' rabbit is scratching vigorously at his cage floor and gathering up mouthfuls of hay and seems quite frantic. he wont let go of the hay and runs around the room with it and then backwards and forwards to his cage with it in his mouth. I have had him for only two months and I'm not 100% sure it is a male. This is the second time he has done this, the first time he stopped after 3-4 days.

Any ideas on why? And anything i can do to ''help'' him?

***** Karen Sez *****
Yes, I'm very dubious about this 'buck's' buckhood too. Because, you're surely describing a female rabbit. The first time it gathered nesting materials was probably a false pregnancy. And perhaps this episode is as well.

Why don't you go to https://www.raising-rabbits.com/sexing-rabbits.html, and see if you can figure out for certain if the 'he' is really a 'she.'

So let me ask: does this 'buck' live with or have access to any other rabbits? If you happen to have another intact buck, the rabbit in question, if female, may be pregnant. If it has access to a dominant female, the act of humping can bring on a false pregnancy.

How to help 'him?' Determining the true gender is a start, and from there you can decide what the next step(s) should be.

--If female and pregnant, you need a nest box stat.

--If female and not pregnant, a false pregnancy will work itself out without problem.

--If male...wow, I'll be very surprised!

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Dec 26, 2017
Male rabbit nesting
by: Anonymous

Well I'm totally baffled. I have a male who is frantically nesting, hay and fur ... in all my years with rabbits of many breeds I've never seen this with a confirmed male. (Boys are visible, ha ha, and he has sired litters for me so no doubt there.)

May 23, 2017
My male neutered rabbit does this
by: Michelle

My male rabbit is eight years old, and definitely male as I had him neutered, he has started carrying hay in his mouth, making a lovely nest in the hay. He was a bonded rabbit but unfortunately his female bonded friend passed away due to old age. I've had rabbits 40 years and it's the first time I've seen this. Maybe missing the other rabbit.

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