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First litter of 2017! Coming to a nestbox near you soon!

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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First litter of 2017! Coming to a nestbox near you soon!

Post Number:#1  Unread postby ButtonsPalace » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:55 pm


Hopefully I'll have my first 2017 litter tomorrow! From my virgin doe Lilac. I bred her to her brother because I want to see what good and bad genetics my rabbits carry. If she's not pregnant I'm not going to try again with same buck.

But... I wanna see your first 2017 litters, maybe it'll inspire my buns to be more productive! On that note, any tips? They are all healthy except one has some ear mites we're working to get rid of, they are all of age and weight but even when I give them acv over a long period, no litters. It hasn't been that cold either, well not until yesterday cause it's snowed.
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Post Number:#2  Unread postby bigfoot_158 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:30 pm


If you want to see mine you have to wait till the 3 rd of next month. If my virgin took. :)
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Post Number:#3  Unread postby Ferra » Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:27 pm


I may or may not have a litter out of my 2nd doe on January 28th or thereabouts.

We'll see what ends up happening. :)

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby ButtonsPalace » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:15 pm


I should have one today because I'm pretty sure I felt kits in the virgin doe. Either way I know My two mutt does have took and it makes me so happy to see pregnant bellies! My older REW Butterball seems to be doing a lot better since I've left her daughter (only about 2 months old) in her cage with her. I intend to remove her on the kindle date, they cuddle and groom each other and just altogether they both seem very happy.

-- January 8th, 2017, 9:15 pm --

HERE THEY ARE!! Well what's left of them anyway :/ 5 out of the 9 survived, 3 chocolate, 2 lilac
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:26 pm


Congrats!! At least she was able to keep five alive. That's not bad for a first time mom. And nice colors, too!

I'll post my litter on the 19th if the doe doesn't bugger it up again. She let her first litter freeze. I'm bringing her home from the barn and inside this time though, so she won't have a choice but to get it right :)
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Post Number:#6  Unread postby ButtonsPalace » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:43 am


Good luck! Hopefully this doe will do better the next go around. She seems to have rejected these guys because she could care less about them and doesn't like when it's time for them to nurse. On the 12th I have another doe hopefully due and I'll put as many on with her as I can.
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby DaytonHillRabbits » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:15 am


My first 2017 litter was born on the 6th, Indigo, my blue Holland doe. She had 6 however she's already lost 1 of them. I found it outside of the nest box already gone. Hoping she keeps the rest alive as her last litter was also 6 and she only managed to keep 1 alive! I'll get you some pics soon!


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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Marinea » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:38 am


No pics yet, but we had a litter 12/31 and one on 1/1. A litter of eight, and one (a first timer) with a litter of seven. One of the seven we lost due to the cold and it getting separated in the next. The rest are doing well.
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby ButtonsPalace » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:38 pm


Well I was wrong about the litter on the 12th it's the 13th. I have another due the 20th? or 21st ( it's wrote down on the white board near my buns) how warm does it need to be outside before I don't need to shelve them?
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Post Number:#10  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:35 am


They're here! Momma still buggered it up being inside. She built a nest, got really ticked when I put fur in it, then she put her own fur in it, and promptly had seven kits strewn about the floor of her temporary container. Two still died to chill, but the other 5 are doing great! The doe may not stay if she can't get the kidling thing right though. But here are pics of the first litter of 2017 at Postage Stamp Rabbitry!

Two blacks, a broken chestnut or chin, broken black, and an opal or squirrel. Too early to say for sure on the C locus babies
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Easy Ears » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:37 pm


Holland lop kits! :D
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These 3 healthy kits came from my first home grown doe, and it being her first time as well! Not one dead kit! :D I'm so proud! She had them all in the nestbox, and pulled fur and everything! <3
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Post Number:#12  Unread postby Nymphadora » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:51 pm


Congratulations PSFAngoras and Easy Ears! Both litters look adorable :oops:

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby ButtonsPalace » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:55 pm


I totally forgot about this post (shame on me, especially since I posted this haha)
I had a litter on 1/10/17 if I'm not wrong, 9 of them all frozen, mom didn't build a nest and it was probably one of the coldest, snowy days in January AND of course she was a first time mom, December had been so warm then we had a sudden about 3-4 day cold snap and she was due dead in the middle of it of course, I gave her a nice deep nest box figuring that would save them if she didn't pull, she dug ALL the bedding out >:( I count this as 2 strikes, she has one more chance before she's put up for sale as a pet for 1 month and if she don't go she'll be in the crockpot overnight on low!

I had another litter on 1/12/17, I had 9 fat,warm, popples in the box! 2 blue, 2 REW, 2 Chestnut, 2 Black, 1 believe to be Chin. We did lose one blue kit that slipped out of the box and went unnoticed to long sadly. We still have the other 8 and they are officially ONE WEEK OLD!! :) <3 getting close to open their eyes, very exciting!
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