Hi there, My female rabbit has mated twice with the same male and still no babies? She is showing signs of being pregnant like eating a lot doesnt want you to touch her,makes grunting and hissing noises,building a nest etc.I know that rabbits can have phatom pregnancies which I think she has had already.How would I be able to tell if she is infertile.She is just a 1yr old and I have been trying to mate her for about 3 months now.Can you help ? Shaz
Type of Animal: Rabbit
Age: 1 yr
Name of Animal: Bonnie
Tried to mate her twice now with the same male.
Hello Shaz,I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. I have been raising and showing rabbits for over 30 years, and I would like to help you. Some additional information will be helpful.When was the last time you bred the rabbits? How far apart were the two times?What kind of rabbit is Bonnie?After the rabbits mated, did the male fall over to the side?How old is the male? Thank you.Anna
I have never mated rabbits before.Bonnie is a lop ear.I dont remember if he fell over to the side.The male is 4 yrs old.I hope this helps.
Thank you for getting back to me. First of all, there is no way to be certain a rabbit is infertile without having a veterinary specialists do a lot of expensive testing. However, when we wait to long to breed a rabbit for the first time, she often is unable to conceive. The best age for a first litter with a small-breed rabbit is 6 months. Large breeds can wait a bit longer, but after one year of age, the chances of a rabbit conceiving a first litter drop, and the chances of her having problems if she does conceive are greater at that age. In my experience, the fertility problem is just as likely to be with male as with a female. Despite the old saying of 'reproduces like rabbits,' it is much more difficult to breed domestic rabbits than most people imagine. Hormone imbalances, uterine infections, and tumors or cysts on the ovaries or other reproductive organs can trigger false pregnancies. You can read more about false pregnancy herehttp://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/furloss.html#falsepregnancyIf you're rabbit is undergoing a false pregnancy, you'll want to take her to a vet to rule out health problems. This link will take you to a directory of rabbit vets in the UK:http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/Vet_EU-UK.htmlRabbits need to be supervised when being bred to make sure everything proceeds as it should. You need to take the male to the female's cage. They usually will sniff each other, run around in little circles, and both of them may try to mount the other. When they're ready, the female stops and slightly lifts her back end. The male mounts her. Mating is very quick, and the buck often (but not always) lets out a little squeal and falls on his side when they're finished. If the doe seems aggressive when you first put them together, separate them, and leave them in adjoining cages over night. Try breeding again the next day. Once they do actually breed, return the female to the male a couple of days later. If she's willing to mate again, it means she didn't get pregnant. If she growls at him or runs from him, she may be pregnant already. The babies are normally born 28 to 32 days later. You'll need to provide a nest box and bedding. A few days before giving birth, the female will probably carry bedding around in her mouth and arrange it for her nest. She'll also pull hair from her stomach and chest to line the nest.If you plan to try breeding again, you do need to be aware of other problems that may appear. Most rabbits (about 75%) do not care for their first litter. They may give birth on the cage floor instead of the nest box. The babies may then die of exposure or even be trampled by the mother. Some first time mothers kill their babies, and may even eat them. Some chew off ears or toes. Many first litters are simply still born. I'm only telling you about these possibilities so they won't surprise you if they do occur. Here's a site where you can read more about breeding and raising rabbits:http://www.debmark.com/rabbits/breeding.htm If you have further questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I wish you success.AnnaIf you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask! There’s no additional fee for such follow-up questions.Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either of the two faces on the left, please stop, and instead reply to me via the REPLY button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Please note that you are rating the completeness and accuracy of the answer and the quality of service you received, not how happy you are with the actual information provided.Thank you.
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I am going try to mate her with another male and closely observe them.I think thats all I can do now.
That is a good next step. Be sure to try again in a couple of days to see how she reacts.I hope you'll successfully raise a litter this time. Anna
Hi Mrs XXXXXX XXXXXXon,I'm just following up on our conversation about Bonnie. How is everything going?Anna
Just waiting for a male partner for Bonnie ,it should be a couple more days yet.
I apologize that you got the above information request. I didn't send it out, but it was an automated response from JustAnswer. If you get any more in the future, just ignore them. I do hope you'll find a male quickly and that everything will go well this time.Anna
Its 10:30pm on Friday 6/7/12 about an 1hr ago Bonnie was crying and I saw blood in her hutch she ran away in the back.I kept checking on her and then I saw a baby its dead it was motionless.She must have been pregnant after all. I feel awful now its dead and I cant stop crying.She is fine eating away.Will she be ok or will I take her to the vet?
I'm so sorry to hear about this. As I told you above, there was nothing you could have done to save the baby. First litters are very frequently born dead. Don't feel bad about that. However, it would be unusual (but it does happen) for a female to have only one baby. If there are more babies inside Bonnie, that will cause problems for her. Since she is now eating and seems fine, this isn't an emergency. But you will need to watch her closely. If she cries again, loses her appetite, becomes inactive, strains as if she's trying to have more babies but can't, or if there is bleeding or a brownish discharge from the vulva, you'll need to take her to the vet right away. If you want to be sure, you can take her in the morning for an x-ray (radiograph) to see if any more babies are inside her. If there are, the vet may be able to give her a hormone injection to help her give birth to them. Sometimes a c-section is needed. This link will take you to a directory of UK rabbit vets:http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/Vet_EU-UK.htmlI hope Bonnie will have no complications. Just let me know if you need anything else.Anna
Its saturday night we were out at the cinema.When i came back I went to see Bonnie straight away,there was another dead baby rabbit.It measured 6" long it looked ok all paws, ears,claws present.Do you think there will be any more?She seems ok not in pain no crying.
There's no way to be sure of how many babies she might have, short of taking an x-ray.. Sometimes they do have only two. Just keep watching her. Remember if she cries again, loses her appetite, becomes inactive, strains as if she's trying to have more babies but can't, or if there is bleeding or a brownish discharge from the vulva, you'll need to take her to the vet right away. As long as none of those things happen, it's not an emergency. That is a long time to go between having babies, and it means she has had some trouble. It's the kind of thing we often see when an older doe is bred for the first time. She may have such troubles again if you breed her once more, or everything may go well. You'll have to decide if you want to try it or not. I hope she won't have any more trouble this time.Anna