Is my rabbit pregant?

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Since it's her first, she might not pull fur. Don't panic if she doesn't. The first time my rabbits had babies, I didn't know they were pregnant so their first litters we're surprises to me! Both did absolutely beautifully on their own and had healthy babies. One litter was about three days old when I discovered them. We were out of town when she had them. It is amazing how nature and instinct takes over. Its great that you are aware and watching her. Also, they instinctively eat their placentas. So don't be alarmed by that. I found Hooks Holland's on YouTube has some great information and videos of a rabbit giving birth if you are interested.
 

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Thank you!!! Is sudden aggression normal as well?
Much of a doe's behaviour while pregnant (or afterwards while the kits' eyes are still shut) is driven either by instinct or hormones. If your doe becomes suddenly aggressive at those times but not at others, it may be that hormones are making her overprotective. We had a doe who was a horror while her kits were helpless. But as soon as their eyes were open, she would revert to her normal calm self.

Watch for patterns in each doe's behaviour and you will learn a lot about what to expect.
 

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Since it's her first, she might not pull fur. Don't panic if she doesn't. The first time my rabbits had babies, I didn't know they were pregnant so their first litters we're surprises to me! Both did absolutely beautifully on their own and had healthy babies. One litter was about three days old when I discovered them. We were out of town when she had them. It is amazing how nature and instinct takes over. Its great that you are aware and watching her. Also, they instinctively eat their placentas. So don't be alarmed by that. I found Hooks Holland's on YouTube has some great information and videos of a rabbit giving birth if you are interested.
Thank you, that is very helpful
 

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Much of a doe's behaviour while pregnant (or afterwards while the kits' eyes are still shut) is driven either by instinct or hormones. If your doe becomes suddenly aggressive at those times but not at others, it may be that hormones are making her overprotective. We had a doe who was a horror while her kits were helpless. But as soon as their eyes were open, she would revert to her normal calm self.

Watch for patterns in each doe's behaviour and you will learn a lot about what to expect.
Okay, this morning when I was trying to grab her food dish she was growling and trying to bite me so that makes sense.
 

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I'm actual waiting for Kits of my own. I breed them last week.
Anyway, if you can find one, if you don't like her having a cardboard box then you could also give her a small/short-ish plastic bin.
 

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My doe still hasn't had her babies! She seems to be nesting often but it has been over a month since we saw our buck trying. She may have bred when we weren't near so we are leaving her in her hutch for another week or two
 
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Usually, if they've still not given birth by day 35, my does aren't pregnant. For you, that would have been October 2nd.

It's still possible she was at one point pregnant. All the things you described is how my pregnant does act. She could have aborted the litter if something stressed her. Or if the buck is too young, it could have been a false pregnancy. You'll see the same behaviour, just typically a lot sooner than a real pregnancy.

Just as you're planning, give her another week or so and if no babies, she's not pregnant.
 

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Usually, if they've still not given birth by day 35, my does aren't pregnant. For you, that would have been October 2nd.

It's still possible she was at one point pregnant. All the things you described is how my pregnant does act. She could have aborted the litter if something stressed her. Or if the buck is too young, it could have been a false pregnancy. You'll see the same behaviour, just typically a lot sooner than a real pregnancy.

Just as you're planning, give her another week or so and if no babies, she's not pregnant.
Thank you so much! I will give her another week. Do you think if we put her back with the buck they will breed?
 
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Do you think if we put her back with the buck they will breed?

Almost certainly (; Bucks are typically go-getters at that sort of thing. The doe may or may not be eager to breed. I find that they're less receptive until after their first litter. After that, the majority of my does do most of the initiating.

It depends on breed/size and the individual rabbit, but once the male is 6 months old is when he is fertile. Does are fertile sooner, so she would be good to go.

Good luck!
 

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Almost certainly (; Bucks are typically go-getters at that sort of thing. The doe may or may not be eager to breed. I find that they're less receptive until after their first litter. After that, the majority of my does do most of the initiating.

It depends on breed/size and the individual rabbit, but once the male is 6 months old is when he is fertile. Does are fertile sooner, so she would be good to go.

Good luck!
Thank you
 

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Still no kits. I think its safe to say we can put her in with our other doe again right?
 

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Still no kits. I think its safe to say we can put her in with our other doe again right?

For how long have they been separated? It's not granted that they will get along, so you'll have to watch them and their interaction . Putting them together in neutral territory can help. Read up on bonding rabbits.

I keep my does in pairs, and do not seperate them for more than 1-2 days when one is about to kindle to give her some privacy, but otherwise they get at least some hours garden time together so their hierachy doesn't get messed up.

I keep the buck with the two girls up to three weeks, this year the two litters were two weeks apart, so if left on their own it can take quite some time.
 
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