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    So long story short I have a male and female Rex rabbit. I have been searching for a vet to neuter my male and assumed my young female hadn’t gone into heat yet. Assumption was wrong and we have 3 kits today. Never bred rabbits and don’t plan on more litters but want to do everything I can to
    Take care of these babies. Doe made nest from fur and hay. I bought nesting material and she continues to hold nest frantically. She is still tender and busy with the nesting even after having 3 babies. Any chance she still can birth more. She ate and tank a lot, then nested a lot, followed by flopping and panting heavily. She wants me to pet her coming up to me but doesn’t want to be held. What can I do to help her and should I expect kore it’s woth her continuous frantic nesting and panting ? It’s been hours since she had her first 3. Thank you in advance and sorry for my ignorance ahead of time.


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    LBJ10
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    First things first… if you haven’t separated the male and female yet, do so ASAP. Rabbits do not go into “heat”. Mating is what triggers ovulation. That means females can become pregnant almost immediately after giving birth.

    As for the frantic nesting, it isn’t unusual for first time mothers to be confused. I’m assuming she didn’t have much of a nest built before the babies were born. Give her a box with a hole cut in the side, leaving a lip at the bottom of the “doorway” so the babies cannot fall out. Move the nest and babies to this box. Feeling more secure may help calm her down. It’s unlikely there are still more babies, but it doesn’t hurt to consult a vet.

    Since we are a house rabbit forum, very few members have experience with mothers and babies. If you have specific questions regarding the babies and their care, Rabbits Online is a forum that offers that type of information.


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    Pepper the Bunny
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    When I was first getting into buns I had an accidental litter. We started off with 3 bunnies, one sadly passed away and we still aren’t sure why. Our 2 other bunnies were sad so we got a baby. The breeder/neighbor told us that he was a she. Before we found out it was too late. Both of our females had litters. We had 14 babies bunnies! Since we had so many bunnies we had to move the male to the barn so he wasn’t crammed into a tiny space, sadly he escaped. We separated males and females but one male sneaked through. Now we had another 9 bunnies. We found amazing homes for almost all of them (sadly I know that one was not taken well care of and realeased into the wild without them telling us ?) but I ended up with an amazing bunny named Pepper and my friend got a cute bun named sugar. The rest went to amazing homes as well! My advice to you is to check the babies EVERY DAY. You dont want to miss a male on accident and get more babies! She probably isn’t going to have more babies but nesting boxes help so much! Add some hay, straw, or bedding if you think he isnt pulling enough fur. Keep us updated!!! Best wishes❤️


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