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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > SURPRISE! She was Pregnant! O_O
Last Post by Hokankai at 11/06/2011 6:36 PM (30 Replies)
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User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 2:37 PM

Well, the mama rabbit/three 6 week old babies I've been fostering have been doing great. Lately I've seen them sleeping on top of the house, and today I found out why. There are not 1, not 2, not even 5...but NINE newborn kits inside their home in a huge fur nest. I had NO idea she was pregnant!!! We've had them for about 3-4 weeks now. What on EARTH do I do?!?! I have no idea how to care for a mama rabbit and her now TWELVE babies!!!!! Holy Jeez. Hahahaha. Any and ALL advice would be much appreciated. Pictures will come once I get over the shock of it all.


User is Offline jerseygirl
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11/01/2011 3:39 PM
Contact the organisation you're fostering for if you haven't already. They should be helping you out with this. You might have to get them to take the older kits now. Ideally they'd stay with her for 8weeks but its prob too much stress on the mum to have all of them there.

Do create a spot she can go to away from all of them. So like a shelf type thing only she can jump too. She'll only visit the newborns once or twice to feed. The older ones won't need her around 24/7 either.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 3:49 PM

Yeah mama isn't around the babies all the time, and the older kits are at the age where they don't really care about mom anymore, so she's okay. We let them out during the day for a couple hours and they all spread out around the room.

I wish someone would call me back, I've never had a humane society that was so hard to get a hold of. Oh well, hopefully I can get a hold of them tomorrow.


User is Offline bwild
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11/01/2011 4:14 PM
WOW what a surprise! Twelve is a lot to take care of. I remember when my cat, Mischief, had babies, she had 10 and that was hard enough, I couldn't even imagine if there were two more! They are super adorable though!

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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11/01/2011 4:46 PM
Oh my goodness! That is a lot to take care of! Hopefully the humane society gets back to you soon and that advice from here gives you help in the meantime. They are so cute! (even though they're naked ;P)
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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11/01/2011 6:40 PM
Oh wow! They are very newborn. You have your hands full now. Hope you hear from the HS soon. Keep us updated.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 6:57 PM
Yep, we are officially in over our heads in rabbit fluff! Hahaha, oh well. Is there anything we really need to do at this point? Mama keeps running over to me like she wants food, but I'm not sure what she wants. She feels skinny now that there aren't any babies in there! I also am questioning her being a New Zealand now as she is pretty small and lightweight.

User is Offline LBJ10
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11/01/2011 7:17 PM

Can't you give mommy buns alfalfa-based pellets? That would have more energy in it for her.

 

By the way, they are very cute. Of course I think baby mice are cute too, even if they are all pink. Hopefully the rescue/humane society gets back to you.


User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 7:22 PM
I've tried, but I can't find alfalfa based pellets ANYWHERE but online, and I really don't have the money to pay for shipping. She has alfalfa hay blocks and alfalfa hay though, free choice.

User is Offline Monkeybun
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11/01/2011 7:22 PM
She needs free fed pellets right now to make milk to feed the babies. Make sure she gets lots

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 7:32 PM
Oh they always have full bowls, don't worry

User is Offline Monkeybun
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11/01/2011 7:36 PM
I know that usually mama buns only go to their babies a couple times a day, dusk and dawn, to feed babies. Maybe her running to you is her saying "Get me away from them!" Moms of any species need non-baby time after all

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 7:42 PM

Hahaha perhaps!


User is Offline Monkeybun
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11/01/2011 7:46 PM
you may want to amke sure they have enough of mama's fur around them to keep them warm too It gets chilly on a naked bun bum

User is Offline Hokankai
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11/01/2011 7:50 PM
Oh yes, they are covered! There's a huge mound on top of them, that video was just when I took them out to count them and put a towel underneath them.

User is Offline Monkeybun
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11/01/2011 7:52 PM
ok good I worry about little ones, as you might have noticed

User is Offline jerseygirl
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11/01/2011 11:46 PM
Look at that little one on the move!

The alf hay and blocks should be enough with unlimited pellets. You might want to weigh her so you can keep an eye on her weight.

Also, since there are so many bubs, check them each day that the belly is full. The feeding is quick and not all of them might get their share.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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11/02/2011 2:22 AM
Oh man. How incredibly frustrating! Do you have any alternate phone numbers or emails for the HS. When you get ahold of them, I would tell them to take back mama and the babies. You can keep the 6-week-olds and work on socializing them. This litter is going to be way too much work.

Also, I know they are fosters, but please refrain from posting pics/videos of the babies (at least right now) as this is against the forum rules.
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User is Offline Sarita
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11/02/2011 3:52 AM
Have you separated the first and second litter? You should do that. Poor Mama has got to be totally stressed out.

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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11/02/2011 3:53 AM

 Hi, I hate to be the spoilsport of the group but I have to ask you not to post pictures. It's one of the rules of the site, which I will copy here:

Accidental Litter:  Sometimes this happens and we will do our best to help the pregnant doe and/or babies by providing advice to the  best of our knowledge.  However, posting future baby photos will be prohibited unless it is in regards to a health or behavior question.  Posting photos of the babies just  to share the cute faces will not be allowed.  The reason for this is it draws people in to our site , via the search engines, to the subject of babies and breeding. (even though it was accidental).  We are focused on the individual rabbit and do not wish to encourage this subject for several reasons.  Again, please review FAQ .

That said, I understand you're feeling overwhelmed, and hope that the group that you are fostering from will have a more experienced person available to assist you with this brood. Hang in there!

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