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Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Addressing the special needs of the breeding doe and her kits. Includes nutrition, gestation, nest boxes and materials, and tips to ensure survival of the young.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#31  Unread postby WildWolf » Fri May 18, 2012 6:20 pm


thanks! That is really helpful.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#32  Unread postby Lightnin1960 » Wed May 23, 2012 7:58 am


thanks for that info. I just started raising rabbits after doing it when I was a kid which was more just feeding them. and a long time ago. I've got a new doe that is getting ready to kit. I've always been told don't get in there with the babies that the mother will kill them. So I've been worried about sticking my hands in there with the babies esp. when she has them.

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#33  Unread postby Therian » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:23 am


How long will new born kit last without food? I am on Day 3 now and my new mom doesn't seem to be feeding her kits much if any at all. I put them in my other does box (I bring kits inside during day so 8 hours to "get the scent" I also plan to put some Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on her nose (she normally has 9 kits so no extra stress on her with the extra 3 kits).

The only thing I wonder is if I should bring the new mama inside in the hopes she will notice the hungry kits and feed them.

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#34  Unread postby -HRanchito » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:21 am


You can skip the coconut oil because the scent thing is all old wives tales. Go by the bellies; she probably won't nurse in front of you and only 1 or 2 times a day for under 15 minutes. Having the box in with the mom at night should be enough time.

IF the bellies are wrinkled and sunken first thing in the morning, try flipping the doe as AnnClaire described earlier :)

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#35  Unread postby Therian » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:29 am


Well they been wrinkly and over all I have never seen them "full" like my other does kits (fat bellies 24/7). I will just filter into her liter and rebreed my other doe again. This was her first liter so I didn't expect the kits to be in the box alive to be honest.

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Post Number:#36  Unread postby Disney » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:54 pm


I don't know if these pictures help or show a clear belly but they are fat and doing very well, this momma is known to have creamy milk :D

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#37  Unread postby tracie123 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:44 am


Maggiej--
I just wanted to say thank you for this post and picture it is awesome!! Had to flip doe last night and feed kits. They look so much better this morning. When i went out this morning she was feeding them. Will check them tonight and see if i need to flip her.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#38  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:08 pm


Glad the pictures helped, Tracie. Sometimes it just takes a couple of assisted feedings for them to be strong enough to nurse on their own. :goodjob:
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Post Number:#39  Unread postby BunnyGirl » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:42 am


I just got 2 kits and I haven't looked at their bellies but their backs r wrinkly? Im afraid they arent getting food but they were just born last night or this morning. Should they still not look wrinkly?
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#40  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:55 am


BunnyGirl, you need to see their bellies. Look at the pictures in this thread again so you know what to look for. Then take them out of the nest one at a time. They will squirm but that's okay... The air feels a bit cool to them because the nest is so warm. You need to get used to handling them anyway. I know they seem fragile, but they are really quite tough.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#41  Unread postby Disney » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:15 pm


Well fed :)

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Post Number:#42  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:53 pm


What adorable kits, Disney! Great picture quality too. :)
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Post Number:#43  Unread postby WildWolf » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:02 pm


Those are good, thanks!
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#44  Unread postby garden lady » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:49 pm


Thank you, very helpful. I will check mine in the morning. :)

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#45  Unread postby MamaMandy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:00 pm


Ok, so now I'm worried...I've been flipping my doe and feeding my singleton kit twice a day. Last night her belly looked really nice and full, but after both feedings today her belly just doesn't look full at all. I let it nurse as long as it wants on 4 different teats but it just doesn't look plump like it did. Anything else I can do?
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