Friday, May 14, 2010

Can a pregnant rabbit live with another female during and after the birth?

I have a pregnant rabbit who lives with her daughter from a previous litter is it ok to leave her daughter in with her, through the pregnancy and birth or will she have to be removed.Can a pregnant rabbit live with another female during and after the birth?
Some people do 'colony breeding', where they place several does in an area with one buck. For some people it works OK, but personally I do not suggest this method, especially if only one doe is pregnant.





Even a doe who is generally a calm, friendly bunny, or used to living with another rabbit, may become aggressive when she is pregnant. This is just natural instinct and most often, this behavior will subside after the litter is weaned. So you may be able to re-introduce them at that point. But during the pregnancy, kindling, and raising of the litter, I would suggest that your two does be housed separately.





The one who is not pregnant will also not have the same motherly instinct going on and she may not be as careful or gentle with the babies, and may hurt or kill them.





It's really just a preference in the way you choose to breed, but personally I don't feel that colony breeding is the safest idea. And like I said, the situation this time is not 'colony breeding' if only one is pregnant.Can a pregnant rabbit live with another female during and after the birth?
No it is not OK. Pretty soon she's gonna start fighting off the older offspring and it could get really ugly. The pregnant rabbit is not gonna want another rabbit in there. Mine will run around the barn when let out, and rattle on the other females' cages to try to get at them to fight when they're pregnant.
i do not think it would be good for the other rabbit because very soon the would start fighting and thats bad

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