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Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#1  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Wed May 02, 2018 3:00 pm


I found it on the wire this afternoon freezing! it's bundled up in a fluffy blanket with a headig pad under it so it is not to warm yet warm. what do i do? will my doe have the rest of the litter later?will she build a nest?

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#2  Unread postby ozemba » Wed May 02, 2018 3:09 pm


Did you give her materials to build a nest with: Box, Straw, Hay? Has she pulled any fur at all?

Did you see any blood in her cage? Any kits that could have fallen through onto the ground? What breed is she? Is this her first litter?

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#3  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Wed May 02, 2018 3:34 pm


she has a box hay stay, but hasn't pulled fur. she tends to pull fur apout 5 hours befor birth. no blood was in the cage. no kits fell through because the wire is cm boxes

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Wed May 02, 2018 3:34 pm


make a nest, -pull some fur, or provide something else soft,
make sure they are covered.. [if it is hot and they uncover themselves- it is OK.]
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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#5  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Wed May 02, 2018 4:39 pm


it is only one loney baby, but she is in a box, with a blanket and warm rice bag

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how often should i feed it?

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it is her forth litter, and she is a good mom. she is a rex/mini rex/ca meat/lion head and other stuff we don't know of

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby ladysown » Wed May 02, 2018 5:09 pm


Good mom sometimes mess up and sometimes they won't even want to raise a litter.
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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#7  Unread postby ozemba » Wed May 02, 2018 5:26 pm


Since you are in California I'm assuming it was just a cold night? Or is it rainy? What temps are average right now?

I would try to get her to nurse it or a foster doe. Hold her carefully and let the baby try to nurse if it is moving around and active if not actually place it on a nipple. Sometimes does won't have milk for the first day and that's OK.

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Zass » Wed May 02, 2018 5:49 pm


Kits can go a day or so wotho0ut feeding, so don't worry so much there, there is a good chance she has more kits that are yet to come.

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#9  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Wed May 02, 2018 6:02 pm


well, she just had a second right next to the box and this time she pulled fur. both are healthy and are together in a makeshift nestbox. any tips?

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby Zass » Wed May 02, 2018 6:05 pm


Sounds like you are doing well!!

Are there any other rabbits in the same pen?

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#11  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed May 02, 2018 6:35 pm


If the makeshift nest box is cardboard, plastic or another light-weight material, you should anchor it to the cage wall so it doesn't get turned over by accident. Two or three pairs of holes with wire threaded through them will let you secure the box to the cage wire.

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Re: Help! my rabbit gave birth to a kit with no nest!

Post Number:#12  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Thu May 03, 2018 12:14 am


she is by hrself and started to biuld her nest. both babies are in my house to keep them warm.

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she just kindled 4 more in a nest at 6:44pm. all are spotted like the father. If you want to see them you can go on our web site https://adothe3rd.wixsite.com/golden-ra ... e-have-now only thing is i only got pics of the ones she had early.

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