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I decided about two years ago that I was tired of lots of babies being born with nestbox eye and thought to do some research into the matter. I was having entire litters getting it, to the occasional litters not having it.   Most litters having at least one or two kits with it. My […]

Four research articles on baby rabbits and how they keep warm. Private Heat for Public Warmth: How Huddling Shapes Individual Thermogenic Responses of Rabbit Pups By providing public warmth with minimal individual costs at a stage of life when pups are the most vulnerable, huddling buffers cold challenges and ensures a constant allocation of energy […]

… cause me to want to cry. Betty. Young doe. Lovely young doe. i’ve been trying for a good half year to get kits off her. I give young does four kicks at the can.   This means a pass for the first litter, and then three chances for successful litters just like my main […]

Today I killed a rabbit that never should have been allowed to live past 6-8 weeks of age. It’s a rabbit that the breeder of it should have made the best, albeit a difficult, decision to simply euthanize. This poor rabbit had upper teeth curling in, lower teeth pushing her upper jaw up. the teeth […]

This came off the meatrabbits board. “Palpations – Pregnancy checks You have to forget about the 14-day test that some books tell about, rarely anyone gets good at that, too hard to find those little lumps. But at 10 to 12 days, the usual test period in Europe, you just feel for a bulge in […]

Did you know there are as many different ways to raise rabbits as there are rabbit raisers? What works for you might not work for me.  What works for you might not work for you current herd of rabbits either. SO… how does one get their current herd of rabbits to meet their expectations? Breed […]

Rabbits reared with techniques adapted to specific environments can do much to improve the family diet of many of the neediest rural families, at the same time supplying a regular source of income. The purpose of this work is to bring together as fully and objectively as possible all the available data on rabbit husbandry, […]

There’s a problem, and you have a newborn kit to try and raise. What can and should you do? Before you start, there are some facts to know. Kits chill very quickly and easily, so must be kept warm and dry. Kits have very little energy reserves and need to cat within an hour or […]

Ignore the anti-rescue stuff just focus on the research information itself. UTERINE CANCER IN RABBITS The upshot of it all is the same as it is in any population of animals.  The older you get the more prone you are to developing cancer. Some will develop it earlier, some will develop it later, and some […]

Did you know that some decisions are easy to make when looking at culling a herd. I’m allowed 20 rabbits in my location.  I take that as breeders. So that means I HAVE TO regularly cull my herd.  In this instance culling means kill or sell. I have a policy of NOT selling animals that […]