One rabbit litter with 6, the other with 1

by Hannah Rolfs

I have a rabbit with only one kit in her nest and an other rabbit that has six in her litter.

I was wondering what I should do to help the singleton have a chance of living.

***** Karen Sez *****

Hi Hannah,

Probably the easiest thing to do to help the singleton survive is to give it some littermates, so it can stay warm when the mom is not in the nest (which as you know is most of the time).

There is more than one way to do this; your decisions will depend on your knowledge of the does in question.

Is the doe with 6 kits a great milker? Then give her the singleton to raise, and rebreed the doe with the singleton.

Or similarly, put all the kits in a single nest, and give the nest to both does alternating between them. (Don't rebreed the doe with 1 kit.)

Or, split up the kits, 4 and 3, between the two does.

The important thing is that the singleton not remain a singleton so it won't freeze and die overnight.

Good luck with everything!

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Mar 10, 2016
by: Hannah

Thanks for the advice it helps a lot.

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