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Post Number:#1  Unread postby JessiDarklighter » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:58 pm


I have a rex that I thought was a buck who I caged with a lonely lop buck. When the rex buck refused to breed the rex doe, I separated them into solitary cages. The rex buck is actually a rex doe, and she seems to be pregnant to bursting. Obviously I have no idea when the breeding could have happened. I watch them often (the cages are in my bedroom) and never saw a mounting, let alone a fall off. I can tell you I put them in the same cage around August the 1st, and put them in different cages on September 14th. A nearby rabbitry owner confirmed the rex was a doe on Friday, and agreed with my belief that she is very pregnant. My question is, How long do I wait for kindling with such a long range in which she might have bred? Here is a picture I took a few minutes ago, she mainly stays in this position.
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Re: Unsure conception

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Ozarkansas » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:02 pm


It is extremely likely she is bred. You do not have to see it be done, it literally takes a couple seconds. I would give her a nest box now and keep it in with her (take it out to clean it if needed though) until October 17th.
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Re: Unsure conception

Post Number:#3  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:08 pm


:yeahthat:

And then leave it a few days longer, just to be certain. So many times I've heard the sad song: "I decided she didn't take, so I took out the nest box. I lost them all on the wire."

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Re: Unsure conception

Post Number:#4  Unread postby JessiDarklighter » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:20 pm


My worry is mostly due to how big she is. When I first put her into a solitary cage I noticed her belly was bigger, and that was nearly 2 weeks ago and now her belly is spilling over my hands when I pick her up. This would be her first pregnancy and the intentionally mated doe of her cagemate just gave birth to 7 kits on her first pregnancy.
If she has stuck kits, there are no vets around here who know anything about rabbits. I know, I called them all when I lost half of my first try at breeding.

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby KimitsuKouseki » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:45 pm


Dont worry too much, give her time and a nest box like Maggie and Oazarkansas said and wait it out.

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Re: Unsure conception

Post Number:#6  Unread postby grumpy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:10 am


Get her a nest box... 'quick'.. LOL..
and like Maggie says, leave it with her a few extra days.

If she's a young doe, the number of kits she'll have is (any-number)..
I doubt a kit will get 'stuck'... if so, most generally the doe will 'pull' it.
It's usually an older doe that's been open a while that'll have an oversized kit.

Don't be surprised with a first-litter doe if she's not successful, and loses the litter.
It's nothing you've done wrong.. .. @$#% happens... :x
Keep an eye on her... but don't be a nuisance about it :).
Just stick to your normal routine and she'll do fine.

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Re: Unsure conception

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Ozarkansas » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:01 am


Did she end up having babies?
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