Whats the chances of a successful first time mom?

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ThunderHill

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Hi! With my first time New Zealand moms, they've all done great! I give them a nestbox full of hay on day 28 and a little pile of extra hay each day after that to use for nest building. I always check them every several hours once we get to day 31, anticipating that i might find kits all over the wire or eaten, etc., but no, i end up finding cleaned up kits in the nestbox with pulled fur, usually on day 32. They know what to do.

Honestly, I have more trouble from my two older does, who have a tendency to kindle one or two on the wire earlier than the rest of the litter. Then they pull fur and have the rest in the nestbox, sometimes even the next day.

Good luck with yours! 😄
 

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I have had about a 50/50 success rate with first time moms. Many need two or three tries before they know what to do, especially if they’re just of age for breeding.
 

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All of my first time moms have done well! Healthy moms and healthy litters. They know what to do instinctively, as long as i provide her with big piles of hay to make her nest with and a nest box around day 20-25. I just watch to make sure she doesn't use it as a potty. If she does, I take it out and try again a couple days later.
 

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Thank you so much everyone! I have 2 first time does due July 1st and 3 second time moms. Fingers crossed. I'm going to palpate on day 14 so wish me luck that they all took! Those who didt may be sold at are next 4-h/arba show.
 

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For 10 years now I never had any issue with first timers, even under less than optimal circumstances like in that hutch where one of 5 growouts had a surprise litter and I only realised when there suddnly were 10 rabbits hopping around in that hutch.
For me most problems begin to pop up when mine are getting 4-6 years old, like small litters or dead kits.

What I think is quite often is a problem is droning out that little voice in their heads that are their instincts by too much meddling and lack of privacy.
 

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Whats the chances of a successful first time mom?
I’ve only had one doe so far that wasn’t a good first time mom (overcleaned and then would not feed) but her second round when off without a hitch, another was a little sketchy at first but ended up being completely fine. Other than that, the rest have done wonderfully without any issues (no overcleaning, all well-fed, no casualties).
 

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I'd say 95% success rate for me with first timers. I had more problems with Holland Lops and Lionheads than I did with New Zealand, Rex, other larger breeds. The most common issue they had was not pulling fur and just having them on the wire. I never had a doe eat her babies or not feed them.
Make sure they aren't stressed, give them a good nest box at day 28, and they should do the rest.
 

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I've had three first time mums this year, all NZ X Cali. They all did perfectly for their first litters, gave birth in their nesting box, litter sizes 11, 4, 8. On the second round for one of them she gave birth to 15 outside the nest box, all were alive and well but ended up losing 1 that night when it strayed from the others and got cold.
 
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