What happens after a rabbit gives birth?

The babies burrow to the bottom of the nest where they remain hidden until Mamma Rabbit wakes them up at mealtime. Only rarely does a mother rabbit nurse her young right after giving birth. Most often the first nursing will occur the night after the kindling.

How long does it take for a doe to give birth?

The “gestation period” is the amount of time the doe carries the babies before delivering. A doe has an average gestation period of around 31 days. Once the doe is ready to give birth the process takes around 10 minutes to deliver all of her young. To ensure the babies don’t die, make sure to check on them every 1-3 days to see how they are doing.

Can a doe give birth on the ground?

If you noticed the doe making a nest on the ground and moved the nesting box, that is a great way to intervene. However, there is still a chance that she may birth them on the ground. If you notice she has done this, place them back into the nesting box as soon as possible. They may still be able to survive.

What to do if a pregnant rabbit is past her due date?

Another great idea any time a doe is due to deliver is to give her half a crushed Tums tablet dissolved in her water. This — or simply a handful of alfalfa hay– will provide the calcium her body needs at a time like this. Here’s wishing you a healthy doe and plenty of these little things:

Why does a doe not move her baby?

If the babies are not in the right spot the doe will not move the babies. Even if one baby somehow gets out of the nesting box, a doe does not have the instinct a cat or dog may to retrieve that baby. The doe does not move the entire litter if they are birthed in an unsafe spot, so why would she do that for one baby?

Can a doe be born with a retained kit?

Live kits born after a retained kit 3. Retained kits passed more than 7 days after the due date 4. Live birth from a doe with a confirmed permanently retained kit 5. Death of a doe after using oxytocin 6. Any other unusual situation related to stuck or retained kits.

How long does it take for a doe rabbit to give birth?

Check the kits. The pregnancy for your doe will last roughly thirty-one to thirty-three days. She doesn’t need any help with the birthing process, which usually happens at night or in the very early hours of the morning. This means you’ll likely wake up one morning to the new litter of kits.

What happens if a DOE has a stuck kit?

And in all cases, any further babies have been born dead. But the good news is that none of the does who had a stuck kit had ever had one before or since. So having a stuck kit isn’t necessarily the kiss of death for that doe as a producer.

What to do if your rabbit’s Birth Kit gets stuck?

I generally find after two or three contractions that the kit will dislodge. If not, massage the vent opening with more oil, re-apply the compress, and keep at it. You can continue these steps until you have success OR until your doe shows signs of being in distress. So far, I haven’t had this problem.