Hello everyone! First off, I hope I'm posting in the right section, had a lot of trouble deciding which topic to post this with!
To put it simply, our bunny had bunnies! Our Dutch bunny gave birth Halloween night to three beautiful healthy kits. All three of them are moving and have nice plump bellies. Mama has been doing a great job keeping them healthy. I do have some questions about caring for them and for her.
Now we haven't touched the babies at all, they are in a wooden bird nest box we converted into a rabbit nest when we noticed she was pregnant. It's actually very convenient because we can check up on them by lifting the top of the box without touching them. We've had the mother since she was about 3 months old, so she's very trusting of us, and I've noticed her going into her nest a lot more often then domestic rabbits normally do. In fact, the majority of the time we go in there, she'll come greet us then go into her nest, almost like she wants to show her babies off to us. Is this normal? I've researched that normally we would need to wait two+ weeks before we can handle them, is it safe to handle them now or does two weeks sound about right?
Also, we separated the male from her a few days before she gave birth and put him in a separate cage next to hers so they can still see and smell each other, the pair of them are soul mates and get very depressed when they aren't together! The female is fine with this but the male has gotten very depressed, any suggestions on how to make him feel better?
Lastly, I've noticed Mama continuing to pull out her fur and cover the babies throughout the last few days, to the point where we can hardly see the kits because there's so much fur on top of them! Is it possible the babies could suffocate if Mama goes overboard with the fur?
Thank you so much in advance, all help is greatly appreciated!