when should the buck rex an doe Rex be separated after kindled
I have a run and hutch outside in my backyard. My Rex doe Molly had kits six weeks ago, the kits are weaned. The buck and doe are back together and kits moved to different run. When they were born until three weeks old the buck remained in the run though the kits were still in the burrow occasionally popping out. Should I have taken him sooner or just have left the buck Rex in the run with mom and kits?
Molly had ten... we were so surprised. All healthy and growing well.***** Karen Sez *****
I'm rather surprised you didn't already have a second litter. Perhaps your buck is a gentle soul that knows how to take 'no' for an answer.
Now that the kits are off in their own enclosure, you might be watching for more nest-building, burrow-digging, and another litter.
We usually suggest *not* leaving the buck with the doe. But every once in a while, we hear stories like yours, where one litter didn't follow directly on the heels of the prior litter. Rabbits, after all, are as individualistic as are the individuals of other species. Which doesn't negate the fact that litters *usually* follow one right after another, if the buck and the doe are left together.