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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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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#91  Unread postby TornadoRed » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:46 am


These are very helpful, thank you!

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#92  Unread postby FluffyBuns » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:03 pm


Thanks for the pictures, very helpful. So, my bunny had two kits a little bit over 24 hours ago, I keep taking a look at them and only 1 appears to have the round belly the other has a slimmer belly similar to the ones in your pics. I did weigh them both after and there is a difference in weight between the two. When should I intervene? I don't want to wait til its too late and then it dies. Thanks!

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#93  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:38 pm


If it's only been twenty-four hours, I wouldn't be too concerned yet. See how they look in the morning, not too early because does often nurse their kits just before sun-up.

It's impossible for me to judge how the second kit is doing. But here's a useful recent thread for you to read. There is also a ton of info on handfeeding in the stickies next to this one, should that become necessary. But I doubt it will be . . . with only two, the doe should have plenty of milk.
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Be aware that occasionally a kit doesn't feed because it isn't viable. In such cases, nothing you can do will help. But at this point, there is no indication that this the problem with your kit.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#94  Unread postby FluffyBuns » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:44 pm


Thanks for the reply! By morning it will have been about 48 hours since birth. I did happen to take a look at the thread that you referred to. About an hour and half ago I brought the momma bunny and kits in nest inside to an indoor pen, I held mom in my lap and had the husband assist the thin baby to nurse, he acted like he was starving. He would constantly go from nipple to nipple(not spending too long on any one), it sounded like he was getting something but not sure how much. His belly was a little fuller looking after but not by much. By the way... the momma was not happy with this method as she tried to kick her legs loose from my hands a few times. Will this method cause her to no longer want to nurse on her own or will she instinctively return to the nest when we are not present regardless? Thanks!

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#95  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:58 pm


I've never heard of it causing any problems. Never actually fed kits that way myself, but it is a standard method people use to get things started.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#96  Unread postby Maleficent » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:33 am


It's also quite common for kits to move from nipple to nipple at that young of an age

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Post Number:#97  Unread postby WyoBunnies » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:02 pm


I have 8 day old kits. The smallest kit constantly hovers on the unfed side. He is growing, but he is smaller and skinnier than the other 4. I have flipped mama, but I don't think she is letting down milk for him. She is completely spastic and freaked out on her back. He never looks plump after letting him nurse. Should I supplement him with the formula recipe on here a couple times?

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#98  Unread postby MaggieJ » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:11 pm


I suggest trying something else first. Momma's milk is absolutely the best thing for your runt, so consider removing the biggest kits for one feeding. Maybe leave one other with the runt to help him stay warm, and/or add a hot water bottle along one side of the nest box for that time. (A glass screw-cap wine or liquor bottle works great . . . pull a sock over it so the kit doesn't touch it directly and make sure he can inch away from it if he gets too hot.) Once the runt has taken his fill, you can return the other kits. Missing or delaying one meal will not hurt them and the extra milk may be enough to let the runt compete better with his siblings.

Formula - especially Homer's updated mix - can be a life-saver, but Momma's milk is best of all.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#99  Unread postby Rabbitlover1 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:16 pm


We will be breeding our two does this weekend so this is definitely helpful! One of my does has been bred before and she’s a great mom, but I’m worried about my other doe since this will hopefully be her first year as a mother. Last year we tried to breed them but the male want fertile so she had to wait another year for babies. I’ll have to keep watch and make sure she is taking good care of them and feeding them! I’m a little worried about her but I think she’ll be all right. I’ve had good luck with all my does being wonderful mothers even in their first year so I hope it continues. The first year was the only year I had trouble. That was the year I had a doe that was so protective of her babies she bit my mother. We always watch our does since then but none of them have been that protective. I hope this doe is as good of a mother as her mom!

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#100  Unread postby Greeneyedgirl » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:05 pm


Hi I'm new to rabbit talk. I'm new to Netherland dwarfs. I've had my dwarfs about 7 months now. Had my 2 does have there first litter. First doe did not pull fur and not sure if she fed them. She is going to kindle again this coming Sunday. I'm hoping for better results. My second doe had a litter this past Friday had 3. 2 DOA 1 live but live kit died Monday. I was holding kit to mom because did not look like she fed it. This doe did pull hair and licked and cleaned kit. I found d kit dead Monday licked bloody from wait down. Any help would be appreciated.
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Hi I'm new to rabbit talk. I'm new to Netherland dwarfs. I've had my dwarfs about 7 months now. Had my 2 does have there first litter. First doe did not pull fur and not sure if she fed them. She is going to kindle again this coming Sunday. I'm hoping for better results. My second doe had a litter this past Friday had 3. 2 DOA 1 live but live kit died Monday. I was holding kit to mom because did not look like she fed it. This doe did pull hair and licked and cleaned kit. I found d kit dead Monday licked bloody from wait down. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Brenda I'm new to site not sure if I posted in right section. :bunnyhop:

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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#101  Unread postby SableSteel » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:22 pm


You'd be better off starting a new post, people don't always check old posts like this.
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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#102  Unread postby Greeneyedgirl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:19 pm


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Re: Fed vs. Unfed KIt Pictures

Post Number:#103  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:25 am


Greeneyedgirl wrote:Thanks

Hi Brenda, and welcome...
Mothering ability is largely genetic, as is litter size .
If you have a good buck, and proper nutrition, and a good nesting situation.
-- then, if your stock does not produce good litters, you need to look at buying "good stock" from a reputable breeder , with good production records.
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

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