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Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#1  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:15 am


I apologize for the picture quality, but I think these pictures may help people who are new to breeding rabbits to determine if the new kits are being fed. Rabbits, being prey animals, are very secretive about feeding their vulnerable young and people with their first litters often worry that the kits are being neglected.

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Two well-fed kits. Notice how their bellies are distended and smooth and rounded.
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Two unfed kits. Notice the flat, wrinkly, slightly sunken appearance.
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I hope this is helpful. If someone has better pictures, I would be happy to see them posted on this thread. :)


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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#2  Unread postby fuzzy9 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:53 pm


Maggie, these are awesome! Bad picture quality or not, I can still tell the difference, and it is very useful information. I just checked out little ones today, and I wish I had seen these before. Just from touch though, I could feel they are plump, and I know momma is taking good care of them!

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#3  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:03 pm


Glad the pictures were helpful, Geri. It was partly because of your new popples that I went through my files and dug these pictures out. :)

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#4  Unread postby fuzzy9 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:29 am


Yay, thanks Maggie! Appreciate that! :D
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#5  Unread postby hoodat » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:24 am


Thanks for the pics. There isn't much you can do about mamas who don't feed them though. Trying to hand raise is seldom succesful and even if they survive they don't usually amount to much after that.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Farm Girl » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:51 am


Thank you so much Maggie.
You posted them right on time, now that I have some little bunners. :)
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#7  Unread postby mountainrabbits » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:18 pm


Thank you so much for posting pictures dear! That is really helpful! I figured if their swollen bellied and look like they're about to pop they've been fed but if I saw the wrinkles I probably wouldn't have been too worried since I'm so used to puppies having wrinkles even if they'e well fed...now I know what to look for!

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Random Rabbit » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:03 pm


Perhaps this could be a sticky ?? so it doesn't get buried in the pile of threads ???
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#9  Unread postby BoxerMom » Mon May 02, 2011 9:34 pm


Thanks for posting! As a first time breeder I know this will come in handy

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Bumper » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:00 am


Thank you! That is helpful. I'm constantly worried about this with my babies!

Here's another pic of a freshly-fed baby:

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#11  Unread postby sommrluv » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:46 pm


How often do you check them? If you have noticed wrinkly bellies twice in 24 hours, do you move them to another doe? Just curious.

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#12  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:59 pm


sommrluv wrote:How often do you check them? If you have noticed wrinkly bellies twice in 24 hours, do you move them to another doe? Just curious.


Good question, but I don't have an easy answer. If the kits are less than 24 hours old, I would wait a bit. Momma's milk doesn't always come in right away after kindling. If they were still not fed by halfway through Day 2 and I had a suitable foster mother available, then I think I would try fostering them to her... especially if the birth mother was a first-timer.

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#13  Unread postby hoodat » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:11 pm


Magie thanks for mentioning that. I was a bit worried about my last litter when I noticed they weren't as round as they should be at the end of day one but I guess her milk is flowing now. They look a lot better today.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#14  Unread postby Rustina » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:03 am


I had noticed that my does only fed their kits twice a day....maybe that's why there are wrinkled bellies?
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#15  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:15 am


Rustina, most rabbits only feed their kits once or twice a day. That is normal. Their milk is so incredibly rich that the kits grow fast on just two feedings. Perhaps you saw the wrinkled bellies shortly before feeding time.

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