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Post Number:#1  Unread postby DBA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:40 pm


One of my mini lop does is expected to have a litter in the next couple of days. I put a nest box in with her this afternoon.
It was immediatly clear she didn't like this new contraption in her space. She started clawing and scratching at the sides of it. Now she is in it, trying like hell to dig to China through the bottom.

This will be her first litter since I have had her. I've never seen a rabbit do that before.

Is this just natural instinct coming out? Trying to dig a burrow for a nesting area?

If it matters, its a metal TSC nest box, with a layer of cardboard for the floor of it.

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#2  Unread postby katiebear » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:48 pm


My does dig a lot..in the corners of the cage before I give the nest box and in the nest box...put a couple of handfuls of hay in it so she can start to arrange it..But yeah, she is acting normal. :D

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby DBA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:57 pm


Ok, thanks. Yeah, I have hay in it. I put a big handful of pine shavings in the bottom, then loosely filled with hay, then I give her a small pile of hay outside of the nest box so she can carry more in as she sees fit.

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#4  Unread postby macksmom98 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:01 pm


Ours has been doing this a lot lately, and I have also just tried to appease her by giving her hay and a grass mat to dig and chew on.....

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Zass » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:22 pm


Yep, burrowing.

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Marinea » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:28 pm


And don't be surprised to see the shavings or even the cardboard dug out of the box. They can get intense with the digging...and the rearranging...and the digging.
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby DBA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:54 pm


Wow, you called that right, there isn't a whole lot left of the cardboard now.

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Silver Cloud » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:07 pm


Put a couple tp (toilet paper) rollers in there for her to chew on it helps some times and they love them. lol :)

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#9  Unread postby ladysown » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:16 pm


sounds like EVERY single one of my does except mousewhisker...she just sets in for the first night to make a dent. Then ignores it till she has her kits. They go in the dent and she covers them with a whole mound of hair. :) (and empty grain bowl if I stupidly leave in there).
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Post Number:#10  Unread postby DBA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:38 pm


And now she is pulling fur, she might have the kits tonight rather than Sunday.

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Celice » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:31 pm


congrats!! lets hope she dose well with them!!!!

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby DBA » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:26 pm


I probably won't get much sleep tonight. Thinking back to a conversation I had with the previous owner of my doe. She had a litter with them, but, if memory serves, she had them on the wire, none survived. But, it was her first litter and she was quite young.
I have had her for a couple of months now, and next week she will only be 10 months old. So, hopefully she will do better this time, but I will keep an eye on her, just incase.

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby alforddm » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:31 pm


They go in the dent and she covers them with a whole mound of hair. :) (and empty grain bowl if I stupidly leave in there).


She covered them with the empty grain bowl? :lol: :lol:

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby Celice » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:00 pm


alforddm wrote:
They go in the dent and she covers them with a whole mound of hair. :) (and empty grain bowl if I stupidly leave in there).


This has happened to me before! it's why I don't put bowls in the hutch anymore!

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Re: odd doe behavior

Post Number:#15  Unread postby DBA » Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:20 am


Well, she fooled me, no new babies yet.

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