Jealous doe?

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Feb 13, 2021
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Our first doe, Becky, now aged about 18 months kindled successfully 3 times.
Now in the last 3-4 months, she has once appeared pregnant but never kindled (can kits be re-absobed somehow if they abort at an early age?!)
She then carried a pregnancy to term but the kits all died from a parasite a few days later (one of the other young does died too).
The fluffle was treated and all appear healthy again.
Another pregnancy resulted in 6 stillborn kits a few weeks ago.
Since then, Becky been very aggressive towards our 2 other young does (who are just now reaching maturity but haven't had babies yet) and also attacked a third doe, a new mom and injured one of the kits (about 1 month old) when they accidentally were introduced to each other by my well-meaning 10 year-old daughter.
Our rabbits are free-range but we have a rabbit run as well to keep certain animals isolated if needed, and we have a hutch with a small and a large cage (this is where our new mom and her kits are living at the moment)
Will Becky get over this aggression towards the other females with time or with a successful pregnancy?
Do we need to keep her isolated (she's perfectly fine with our buck)
At what point do we need to consider culling her?
(We raised our rabbits for meat so while we love and care for the animals, we try to be emotionally un-attached!)


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Dec 26, 2009
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near London, Ontario
it's not jealousy, it's just a doe wanting to be left on her own. She'd be fine with her own kits but would most likely need to be separated from them upon their maturity.