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Well, Do We Have Baby Rabbits?

>8 November 2010
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So, let’s see… it’s been 43 days since we bred our rabbit, well over the 28-32 day gestation period. Any sign of baby bunnies hopping around?


No bunnies.

Any chance she still might surprise us?

Nope. I don’t think so.

Yeah, it’s a little disappointing.

But oh well, it was worth a shot! I thought for sure she was going to have bunnies about a week ago. I found that she’d been pulling fur out, which is a sign that she is starting to prepare a nest. And she’s gotten bigger, that’s for sure. Though we have been feeding her like a queen with old produce from a local market and fresh greens from around the home.

But the days have gone by, and still no little furballs. I had a nightmare the other night that I went out and found that she’d had babies, but they’d all frozen in the night and were dead. I ran out the next morning to make sure everything was still okay. But no sign of any changes. I’ve finally decided that she just wasn’t pregnant after all.

Guess we’ll have to try again in Spring. I think her boyfriend was just past his prime. Poor dear Hopper passed away the other night. We all knew it was just a matter of time. We really hoped to give our friends a new baby bunny to replace its sweet daddy, but I’m afraid it just didn’t work out like that. Hopefully we’ll find her a new mate.

Oh well, if at first you don’t succeed…

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  • Pat SSS said:

    That is great!! Keep up the great work!!

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    LOL, thanks Pat!

  • Jessica said:

    if at first you dont succeed…breed, breed again. lol…sorry, couldnt resist.

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    Hahahaha, Jessica :)

  • Cathy Ethier said:

    We have a doe that is on her third litter. She pulled her hair out about a week or so ago, and JUST had her babies 2 days ago. She only had 5 or 6 this time, 9 in the the past 2 litters. I haven’t dug in the nest too much, as it is cold in West TN, and I don’t want them to get chilled.
    We had our buck and doe together from February to May, and nothing. We intended to get 2 does, but that didn’t happen. Ha Ha. It could be that the buck or doe you have are a little young, yet… Blessings to you and the family !!

  • amy manning said:

    Hang in there! You never know. My rabbit was hiding its little nest from me. Check out the video if you like: http://www.mysuburbanhomestead.com/baby-rabbits/

  • Jenn said:

    I have only lived in the country for 3 1/2 years so I guess in a lot of ways I am still a city slicker. All this talk of rabbit breeding just cracks me up. I thougt that was where the phrase cam from.. you know….”breed like a bunch of rabbits”?! Guess not all rabbits are super fertile oh well better luck next time Kendra!

  • Heather Rhodes said:

    @ Jenn – I did live in the country for 5 years and someone released at least one domesticated rabbit out there and they did indeend “breed like a bunch of rabbits.” Problem was they were all half wild at that point and wouldn’t let you near them. At the same time we had a huge problem with ground squirrels. We did not want to put out poision for the squirrels because it would hurt the bunnies! It was neat to pull into the driveway and see half a dozen or more cute little cotton tails munching on the grass :)

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