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Post Number:#1  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:46 pm


So i already asked in the comments but this is how it works:
We have a cage with 3 different sections:
    Weened Babies(5 weeks old and weened yesterday)
    Mother mix(gave birth 5 weeks a go
    And retired male (6 years old)
So i was rushing to get to the grocery store and threw some hay in for the babies. When i got back, 2 hours later, i saw i left the lid open and one baby was in the mothers cage and she was in the old males cage. He is very mate happy even at his age and she just got her babies taken yesterday. There was a bite under his eye, she was mad at him and hiding in his little house, making sure he couldn't get in, and he was running around the entry of his little house. She doesn't let a buck mount easily, especially since she just had her babies with her, which is probably why he got a bite under his eye, but i don't know if with his age and her babies if pregnancy is still in the picture. I REALLY hope not due to his age but you never know. Is there? What are the chances? What do I do? Should I palpate in a week? What would be the issues of an older buck? :bunnyhop: :( :shock: :!: :|

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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Preitler » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:35 am


6 years isn't old, they can go on much longer. No worries there :roll:

So the question is if the doe got angry before or after he got his chance, afaik there is no other way to tell than to wait and see.
My bet would be that she's more likely pregnant than not, so mark the date and be prepared.

I had them accidentually accomplish the task in mere 30 seconds, but I also came home to escaped rabbits after half a day without any pregnancies, I guess it boils down to the mood the doe was in.

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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#3  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:04 pm


I put a nest box in the doe cage 28 days after breeding -- I suggest you do the same... [and just assume she is has been bread] if she has not-- then you will have no babies in the nest or on the wire...
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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Dood » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:17 pm


6 is not old, I had a herd sire producing litters of 12 when he was 11 years old and the oldest rabbit I've had lived to be 14

I'd prepare for another litter in 28 to 35 days

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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#5  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:38 pm


I didn't know a rabbit could conceive after having kits 5 weeks ago

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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Dood » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:11 pm


Rabbits can conceive the same day they give birth, lactation does not inhibit pregnancy

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Re: accidental pregnancy

Post Number:#7  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:17 am


golden rabbitry wrote:I didn't know a rabbit could conceive after having kits 5 weeks ago

I always rebreed at 5 weeks... it gives my does a week of rest after i wean at 8 weeks.. before they kindle again...
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