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Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#1  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:31 am


My wee mini-rex doe, Mischief, who is about 10 months of age, and is definitely *NOT* pregnant - never been exposed to a buck at all, who has pulled fur like crazy in the last 24 hours !

No nest, it's just all out under the bottom of her cage. Quite odd to see.

What is she doing ?
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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#2  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:51 am


My guess is that shes wishing she was pregnant and having some hormonal issues:) Interesting tho. But I have had does go thru a false pregnancy and pull hair, its just usually after they have at least been mounted by a buck.

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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#3  Unread postby shazza » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:45 pm


now would be a great time to breed her if you can ;3
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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#4  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:54 pm


shazza wrote:now would be a great time to breed her if you can ;3


I have 1 pregnant doe now, and not enough space to keep 2 litters.
So while it would be good from a biology stand point, it would not be a responsible move for me.

Besides, she's really long through the shoulders, and apparently has a "pinched" hind end - not great traits to pass along.
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:01 pm


if you can... save that pulled fur ....

If your other doe doesn't pull enough (or at about week2) you might need some of that fur.
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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#6  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:03 pm


SarniaTricia wrote:if you can... save that pulled fur ....

If your other doe doesn't pull enough (or at about week2) you might need some of that fur.


Brilliant !
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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#7  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:08 am


I had one doe who was very much the same, before I got her she would pull fur every time another rabbit was kindling, although she'd never been bred.

I also had a doe that pulled fur on compulsion. She would eat it mostly, and I had to constantly watch her for hairball, though somehow she never did get any. Her dewlap was constantly naked, litter or no. I was just selling her kits since she was a dwarf and they were too small to have any meat value, but that got tricky when she started pulling their fur too. Leaving any past weaning age was a disaster, although she was a wonderful mom otherwise.

I had one black eight week old doe I was supposed to meet someone after work to sell, and during work momma decided to give the little doe a haircut. She plucked between her eyes on her forehead and up to her ears completely bald. I was so happy the buyer was understanding and still wanted the rabbit when I called her and explained the situation. I was afraid she might suspect fur mites or mange! That doe is now in happy retirement at my mom's house as a pet. Oddly enough she's stopped self plucking too, though I never could relate it to her being bred or having kits.
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Re: Fur-pulling in a NON-pregnant doe

Post Number:#8  Unread postby HOWsMom » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:32 am


I haven't seen her pull any more fur, but she very suddenly turned just as grumpy and snarky as my pregnant doe is !

Crazy hormones !
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