Rabbit Kits Eaten by Fire Ants
Fire ants got on my baby kits and killed them. I had to remove everything from their cage and ever since she has acted mad at me - she'll pull away from me she doesn't want "me" to touch her so she acts this way as if she thinks I feed them to the ants. I cried and cried but all ten died. This was her second litter. She's eating well, I think she is pregnant again.
***** Karen Sez *****
How horrible, and traumatic for you! So sorry. Your doe's unwillingness to be handled may be due to pregnancy, rather than connecting the fire ants to you, would be my guess.
One thing is certain: If you want bunnies in your current situation, you'll have to maintain a fire-ant-free zone around the doe's cage. And since I don't advocate poisons, what about placing the legs of the cage in buckets of water? A 5 gallon bucket with enough water that it doesn't completely evaporate within the time frame between feedings might do it, especially if fire ants cannot swim. (And if they're not one of those talented ant species that make living bridges out of their bodies!)
Another option might be to remove the nest box from the cage every day, returning it to the doe once or twice a day for the time it takes the doe to feed her kits (10 minutes or so). This necessitates that you know when the doe kindles the bunnies, so they don't stay in the cage overnight, giving the ants an opportunity to smell the birthing blood and come running.
Do other breeders have experience protecting newly kindled kits from ants? Please speak up....
Good luck with the next litter, Emily!