Our rabbits are all together in a big place where they have tons of holes going in other directions. I decided to leave the pregnant doe in with them so she feels comfy. Will they kill her babies? We have an extremely aggresive doe.
Mounting is usually a rabbit showing dominanceI've got a large colony style cage I built out of an old trampoline. One of my does just kindled, like 30 minutes ago. She built her nest under one of the crates I have in there for extra shelter, so I think the babies are safe from traffic. They have a large hutch they generally gather together in. The crates are in there so when they're moving around they still have places to duck under if/when they're feeling threatened. Anyways, there are two other females in with her, one who is very gentle, the other one is a bit more aggressive, she keeps mounting my new mom. Is this normal behavior or a sign that I should probably separate her like I did my males?
Very interesting - do you have a link to the study?Quite a bit of research on group housing was done in the Netherlands. The idea was that group housing of does would be more humane for rabbits, compared to individual cages.
When they had enclosed nest boxes in the group area, kit mortality was high and the adults were frequently wounded. They then tried a system that allowed each doe her own nest box, with entrance controlled electronically by a chip in the rabbit's ear. Infant mortality went back to normal, but there were still sometimes rabbits with wounds--indicating that there were still fights although less fighting than without the electronically controlled nest entrances.
The kits also had lower weight at weaning age compared to traditional individual cages.
Fascinating reading, thank you so much for sharing this.http://world-rabbit-science.com/Documents/Cost848.pdf The article on group housing of does starts on page 108.