Rabbit behavior is quite strange for me
by Gulmehak Singh
(Sangrur, Punjab, India)
I have have two does and a buck rabbit, they stay together. I don't know if my doe is pregnant but when this morning I let my bunnies out in the garden she started digging a hole and then she was pulling out grass (not eating) from the roots and taking it into the burrow and later this afternoon she pulled her fur out and again went into the burrow. So what should I make out of this?
All the three bunnies are in one cage so maybe the rabbit has mated with the doe...I dunno lol. I am just confused...tell me a solution plzz.
One more question: the bunnies I have are of different breeds. That is, two of different breeds which I don't know and one doe is a New Zealand White. So is it possible that the male rabbit (black and white with cat like eyes) can mate with the new zealand white doe??
India***** Karen Sez *****
Heh, you just think
you have three rabbits. I'm guessing that number has risen over night to, um, 9.
To answer your questions: Yes, the buck rabbit can certainly mate with the New Zealand White doe. And it no doubt did, because you have perfectly described a pregnant rabbit building a nest underground.
The next time you can catch the doe, check her tummy - if she has babies in the burrow, and I think she does even from way over here, you'll see indications of suckling on the doe's belly.
At this point, you may wish to build another cage for your buck. If the doe and the buck meet up again, he will make her pregnant again, and you'll have even more babies in a month's time.
Lastly, the doe will probably visit her burrow only once a day. If you put her in her cage for her safety overnight and then let her back into the space where the burrow is during the day, the bunnies should do just fine. They'll be popping up and out of the burrow in roughly 2-3 weeks.