The rabbit nest is disappearing after just 7 days
by Ally Andrews
Basil the dad
My rabbit Mille has had some kits (don't know how many). They are 7 days old now. We were not expecting them because she only met a male once for about 2 minutes, her sister's baby boy, when we were cleaning them out. Myself and Mille don't really get on although she does let me stroke her and pick her up, but with a growl to start with. I think there are about 6 kits and when I first looked in, it looked like there were about 10.
There was a lot of fur and hay before but when I checked today there wasn't nearly as much fur in there as there was earlier. this is also her first litter.
So my questions are:
- What is happening to the nest?
- When can I get a look at the babies with us not really getting along?
- When can I handle the rabbits?
- What breed would you say mille is? I understand if you're not sure on this one.
- Can I take Mille out and put her in her run?
Thanks, Ally x
***** Karen Sez *****
Turn your back for 2 seconds, er - minutes, and look what happens. Lol, that's all it takes to produce baby rabbits.
What's happening to the nest? The activity within the nest, and the doe coming and going, is mixing the nest fur in with the bedding materials. It's a good thing that the kits are furred enough by 7 days to keep them plenty warm while they're all huddled together. But should they wish to, they can still burrow down a bit into the bedding and stay warm.
When can you get a look at the babies? Now
, in fact, 7 days ago! You're the big bunny, Ally, and YOU run the show. Put Mille in her garden run, and check away. Mille will be just fine when you put her back in the hutch.
When can you handle the kits? Now. In fact, you can handle them when they are just born, at least enough to check the nest and make sure it is clean with no dead kits in there. If you're nervous about that, then hold and pet the doe well so you can get her smell on your hands. But, does it really matter, when your doe is very familiar with your scent and will not equate it with mortal danger?
What is Mille's breed? She is a mix of smaller breeds, maybe some dutch in there. While I don't know her exact mix, she apparently carries two 'broken' genes, the genes that produce spotting, resulting in her mostly white coloration.
Can you put Mille in her run? Yes, she'd probably be delighted for the time in the garden. She does not need to be with the kits 24/7. She will only feed them for 5-10 minutes per day.
Hope this helps... Enjoy your bunnies!