We bred our New Zealand white rabbits on September 23, 2018 with hopes that the end of October we would have some new baby bunnies.
We had no idea what we were doing, I was holding the rabbit book reading out loud to Darrick as he placed our doe in the bucks cage. The doe has been a feisty one. We had no idea a rabbit could be aggressive, lunging and biting even when we tried to put food and water in her cage so getting her out of the cage, into the bucks cage, was no easy task. A helpful hint: wear thick gloves when handling feisty rabbits.
The book said the doe should be submissive, raise her tail, and let the buck mount her. That wasn’t the case as she scratched at him, lunged, and ran in circles around him in the cage. We let the buck mount her 3 times like the book said and got her out. That night Darrick did the second breeding by himself as we had guests over.
During her pregnancy she really calmed down. She let us touch her, no longer lunging or biting, even coming to the cage door to greet us. This is a picture of a very pregnant Gloria just days away from having her kits.
On October 24th she got feisty again and started lunging, but she was also carrying straw around in her mouth. According to the book it sounds like she was getting ready to have her babies!
October 25th was a wet rainy day and Bee and I went outside to check on them and our doe had pulled out her hair into the nest and she was acting very friendly again. The hair in the nest was moving so I peeked under and there were 3 tiny babies squirming around. We are rabbit breeders!
Some things we learned in this process is…
*If a mom rabbit smells human on her babies, she may kill them. Don’t touch the kits.
*A mother rabbit builds a nest by pulling out her hair and hiding the babies in it. A female rabbit has extra skin and hair called a dewlap under her chin for nesting purposes.
* A mother rabbit leaves her babies alone all day and will only feed them in the dark of night 1-2 times a day. This is to avoid drawing attention to predators.
*Kits will start growing fur about day three, open their eyes at day 10, and jump out of the nest box at day 16.
We are so excited to begin this journey of raising baby rabbits. It’s just proof to us that we, a pair of city folks, CAN do this. It’s such a big accomplishment for us. We will keep you updated on the baby bunnies as they grow. Thank you for following us and if you have any rabbit questions post in the comments and we will do our best to answer.
Darrick and Kay
Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.