Question - rabbit kits are dying
I have been raising rabbits for about a year with the intention to sell for meat. When I first started breeding (last year at this time), I lost several litters from one doe and none from the other. Since it was all I had at the time I kept the one and she began to produce and retain litters, until October, now both does are not retaining the litters. Within 4 days all the kits die. With this last litter and our better doe, it was obvious she had no milk.
Why does this happen? She is an experienced doe. We live in California, the rabbits are sheltered but outside. Conditions in our back yard have not changed over the course of the year. There has been a company change in feed but the nutritional part is the same. Its driving me nuts. All I get are 'could be's.' The last person told us maybe no milk, we checked and we are pretty sure that is the problem...but why?