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Ooops, she did it again...

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Preitler » Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:22 pm


Well, it really looks like my Black Fury is going to give me popples, again :? , third time this year, and the second time unplanned (this year, of her previous 4 litters at least 2 were unplanned too). Just grabbed a rasp and enlarged the entrance of the nestbox - she lookes so huge...

My buck squezed through a fence, and jumped down a 2.5m wall (more than 8 feet), and they had not more than a few minutes together, didn't meet before. But that's her, just looking at a buck makes her pregnant.

So, with the late litter of my Red Shrew (yeah, the same buck needed a month to get that done) I will have up to 25 rabbits to feed through winter, I planned for max. 5 :cry:

Ok, I could live with rabbits outsmarting me, but I have to go to the US for a week at christmas, and finding someone to care for 5 rabbits in mid winter is a lot easier than for 25 rabbits.

I'm somewhat frustrated. My freezer is full anyway. And I need to stockpile hay.
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Re: Ooops, she did it again...

Post Number:#2  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:03 pm


If she has them now or soon, maybe you can sell some before Christmas! And put those girls on the naughty list, lol

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Re: Ooops, she did it again...

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Preitler » Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:26 pm


No chance to sell rabbits here. I mean, there are 3 breeders just on my road with about 15 houses, everyone has too much, and nobody buys rabbits before winter. No pet market here either, and mine arn't really good pets. I like the headstrong, self-confident characters. I can't tell how good they are as meat mutts since I mostly feed forage and hay, they need about 16 weeks at least to win a freezer camp ticket.

And my Red is a such a great mom, nurtures 10 without any problem - selling 1 or 2 would not make a big dent in the heap. The Black, her mom, although noticeable smaller plays in the same league.

I guess many who have problems with getting their does bred or rearing litters might envy me, but you never get what you ask for :?

Since I don't give them other names than these they earned "Fury" and "Shrew" are sure on the naughty list anyway :D
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:30 pm


Ah I see. It does make travel difficult when you have to find someone to care for animals, that's one of the bighearted downsides in my opinion......best of luck!

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby CochinBrahmaLover » Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:15 pm


Can you just butcher them at 6-8 weeks and sell them as snake food? That's what I do.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nika » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:05 am


If not snake, you can sell for dog/cat food. With us, raw feeding pets is blooming in the last few years, and organic meat on just hay and grass is very appreciated. You can also just eat them yourself, they would be small but delicious.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby Preitler » Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:27 pm


Well, I could sell them as pet food, but first: for me it's not worth the effort to just find customers, make appointments, etc., don't have time and energy for that, and second I'm not comfortable to kill my rabbits for pet food, there is so much work, caring etc. in them, no. Would be different if it were for my own dog, if I had one, it's an emotional thing :oops:

Also, I don't know how I will handle butchering them at their "devastating pinnacle of cuteness" (as someone here called this age ;) ), much easier when they stop beeing cute.
Naah, when I think about it that wont be a problem, thanks for the "delicious"- remark :)

So, taking how her spine feels as criteria this doe is not fat.
She looks like that for almost a week now, getting bigger, unfortunatly I don't know when she is due, but it can't be long now....
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:57 pm


Let us know when the Fury explodes!! LOL
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby HansenHomestead » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:24 pm


So, taking how her spine feels as criteria this doe is not fat.


Can you please explain this. I have a doe that for 2 weeks looks like your doe. (Big belly that goes to one side when she lays down.) I am not 100% sure she is pregnant. I can feel, and see movement, but I'm not sure if it's intestinal movement, or if it's kits. If she IS pregnant, she is due on the 27th.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:27 pm


Becca, I've noticed that the doe's center of gravity changes when she's pregnant vs. just fat. I can't palp to save a life but I can tell when the doe's center of gravity has shifted and the bulge by the knee is more taut than flabby. Sadly, you're just going to have to wait until the 28th to find out!!
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Preitler » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:34 am


Hm, when you can feel the bumps of the spine the doe isn't really fat.

Watching a running fat rabbit from behind reminds you of a maggot, a pregnant doe more looks like she swallowed an orange whole that's now dangling between front and rear legs.

But you'll never be 100% sure until you see popples :lol:

__________ Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:51 am __________

Darn! :wr_wall:

I messed this one up. :x :oops:

Like every day when I'm at home they got their garden time yesterday evening, went back to their hutch by themself - procedure as usual. Nothing that was in any way out of the ordinary, no haystshing, no pulled fur, no loss of appetite - I noticed none of the usual telltale signs...

Today I found a small blood stain in the hutch - franticly searching the hutch and all boxes in there, then checking all rabbits - nothing, except Furys belly is gone. :o

I checked all the holes they dug in the garden, and bingo, there was the nest in a rather short tunnel, less than an arms lenght, with fur, and appr. 9 kits. All alive.
After building a nest in the nestbox I transferred the kits, and put Fury and the kits in a seperate hutch (actually, I divided the one she was in anyway).

Now I have a very, very confused Black Fury with a handfull of fur in her mouth and no idea where to put it. I put her into the nestbox and showed her the kits, I hope she stops wondering what just happend and accepts the new nest.

Since I have rats (shot one yesterday evening), marten and fox here I could not leave the nest in the tunnel.

Although another big litter is really the last thing I needed before winter I really hope it works out for the kits :|, and I'm so curios what colours they have...
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Post Number:#12  Unread postby Petlover500 » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:42 am


I am glad you found them!
Make sure to show us pics when you have time ;) :D
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Post Number:#13  Unread postby Preitler » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:33 pm


Oh jeez, this litter really has a tough start because of my mistakes :oops: :(

Today morning I found Furys hutch flooded with 3 week old bunnies - they squeezed past the big stone I had put as barrier into the connection tunnel between the hutches, they chilled out in the nestbox and trampled everything, and I'm not sure if they didn't raid the milk buffet... :x

I just took a quick glance into the box in the evening - nest is properly built again, and there were several wigglers responding, so Fury accepted the new nest and does a really great job. Should check if there are any dead kits tomorrow, but now it seems the best thing I can do is stay away :oops:

There's so much to do, and so little energy to get it done, and it really dosn't help that I live utterly alone - well, this sure isn't the best time of the year for me...
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Post Number:#14  Unread postby Petlover500 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:59 pm


Goodness! O: Well I am glad they are alright :)
Can you tell what colors they are?
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Re: Ooops, she did it again...

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Preitler » Sat Oct 31, 2015 12:54 pm


Well, the feeling of beeing somewhat steamrolled by a flood of kits is still there, since now I need an hour at least every day to gather forage, everything around here is mowed down or freshly fertilized :shock:

But- oh joy, oh pride - I have 8 (did only an estimate when transfering the nest) healthy, six days old popples :P , was somewhat worried that the older kits would enjoy a second self service milk buffet, but my does strictly only feed inside the nestbox, and that is barricaded and defended :)

It's a pretty colourful litter, from completly white, broken or checkered black and brown, to completly black (not completly, somewhat tipped or steel or smething)
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