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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Accidental litter
Last Post by Giuly1 at 9/25/2009 8:10 AM (22 Replies)
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User is Offline SophieBun
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9/24/2009 10:02 AM

I am freaking out!! Please help meeeeeeeeee I just came back from Walmart and I saw a baby crawling in the cage! She has four of them they're the cutest thing in the world, and they're warm so I'm guessing sh's feeding them. Omg guys I had no idea she had babies!! The previous breeder must have had her with other  bunnies or something. I gotta calm down I just called the vet and I made an appointment for tomorrow to take Sophie ad the babies so he checs them out.


User is Offline FluffyBunny
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9/24/2009 10:08 AM

Are all the babies in a nest?
If they're all warm and being fed, there's probably no reason to be nervous. Were they just born today?

Be sure to take pictures of them once you're able to...everyone here loves baby bunny pictures.

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User is Offline Sarita
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9/24/2009 10:08 AM
Oh heavens! Just calm down, it will be okay. Has she made a nest? Put the babies back in the nest. They do need to keep warm to digest their food. How old is Sophie again?

User is Offline SophieBun
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9/24/2009 10:21 AM
Yes she has a nest. Remember her "false" pregnancy? http://www.binkybunny.com/FORUM/tab...fault.aspx I checked her nest last Sunday and there were no babies, but I left it intact just in case. I didn't want her to pull out more hair. So i'm guessing she had them sometime this week! It's weird she didn't show signs of it and the vet checked her out last Friday and didn't feel anything. He even called another vet to be sure she wasn't pregnant. I don't know how old she is, the vet said she might be 1 year old or a little less than that.

User is Offline Sarita
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9/24/2009 10:25 AM
I do remember that now! She will probably be able to care for them just fine then since she's a little older.

I would start giving her unlimited pellets (not sure what you give her now) while she is nursing.

Make sure the cage is not in a drafty area too.

I'm sure you are stressed especially after you did your due diligence by checking with the vet to make sure she wasn't pregnant. I know I would be. It does sound too like the vet did his due diligence as well by checking with another vet as well.

User is Offline SophieBun
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9/24/2009 10:25 AM
okay the vet called and they said they were too young to take out of the house, he said to wait a couple of weeks when they're growing up, and then take them

User is Offline Sarita
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9/24/2009 10:27 AM
One thing you can do just if you think they aren't getting fed and you will probably notice soon enough if she starts rejecting one is to get one of those small kitchen scales (grams) and weigh them (same time every day though) to see if they are gaining any weight.

User is Offline Monkeybun
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9/24/2009 11:31 AM
BABIES! <3 <3 <3

Must. have. DAILY. Pics

*hands out poking sticks*

I rememebr your false pregnancy post, guess Sophie had everyone fooled! Sneaky critters, them bunnies.

User is Offline KatnipCrzy
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9/24/2009 11:48 AM

Wow, what a surprise!  I am glad that you are not mad at the vet for not being able to tell that she was pregnant- it is not 100% a true test to check by palpating the abdomen only.  But to do x-xays or an ultrasound would have been an unnecessary expense- especially if she was NOT pregnant.  I bet the vet was surprised.

You will have to keep us updated with pics.  It is a huge responsibility for you- but mainly toward the end when the babies get more mobile and then need homes.  But at least Sophie was lucky to get a great home before having a litter!  Any way you can call the breeder to see what type of rabbit she could have been bred with?  Just for your own curiosity and for the baby bunnies new owners- it would be nice to know- but not necessary.

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User is Offline katie, max & penny
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9/24/2009 12:08 PM
oh goodness! tis the season for baby bunnies! amanda, see what you started

everyone has given you great advice. i would also recommend talking to amanda and Kafrn. they both have litters.

good luck! don't panic remember, buns do this all the time in the wild- its in their instincts to take care of the babies.
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User is Offline Furface
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9/24/2009 1:11 PM
I'm so jealous!!!

I want!!!
I want!!!
I want!!!

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User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/24/2009 1:32 PM
In a way I'm glad we already had the discussion about the false pregnancy, since it gave you a little heads up and hopefully had a chance to read the posts on oops litters just in case. If not, we can give you links to some of our former posts with surprise litters.

If I'm understanding you right, you got Sophie from the breeder recently enough that she was impregnated by one of the breeder's bunnies just before you got her? If so, I wonder if it is the breeder's responsibility to take the babies after they are weaned from Sophie. I don't think you should be stuck with a new bunny and the dilemma of caring for a litter, then having to rehome them. That breeder should be speutering any bunny she sells. Unless the others have a valid objection, I would suggest letting the breeder know and see what she says. (Obviously your Sophie was used for breeding without your knowledge or consent.)
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User is Online jerseygirl
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9/24/2009 2:49 PM

Hi Giuly - take deep breaths. Wow, and you went to effort to get her checked when you suspected preganancy - and set up her spay for tomorrow! This must have floored you. It's really hard to tell they're preganant even for vets.

I have looked back again over your previous post. You estimated you would have had Sophie for 4 weeks on Saturday just past? I'm wondering too if the babies are a few days old already. Do they have much fur yet?

In you intro thread you wrote:-  

What made you choose to have a rabbit companion in your life? I went to a friend's house and she told me she had rescued a bunny. What happened was that a bunny breeder didn't want a bunny litter she had so she left them at a Petsmart. Petsmart couldn't sell them because they can't sell rabbits that are from a breeder that is not theirs. So my friend was in Petsmart and rescued one of them (Sophie) and was fostering her. I loved her the moment I met her!

Can your friend tell you if Sophie was alone or housed with other rabbits at the pet store? Or does your friend have her own unfixed rabbits? Rabbits can even breed through cage bars so even if the store or your friend thought they had 2 unfixed rabbits separated, they might not have taken enough care.

Now to the breeder............I'm frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, this person just left an unwanted litter at a pet store and very possibly didn't keep her rabbits separated when they were sexually mature. All assumptions on my part but it would be good if you could get more information. Personally, if the breeder (who should know better) was responsible, I would want to speak to them about the burden they have placed on you. And the bad name they may give other responsible breeders.

All that aside, you now have 4 babies to care for and we will be here to help as best we can. You also have a good vet to assist you too. 
 

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline charliesmom
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9/24/2009 2:57 PM
I love how when one of you all has a bunny that has babies, we all get to feel a part of the whole thing! I'm so excited!

User is Offline SophieBun
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9/24/2009 5:25 PM
Hey guys!! I'm gonna shower cause I just came back and come and explain more in detail!But I hva e a question, Sophie put newspaper on the babies to cover them. ShouldI leave it or move it?

User is Online jerseygirl
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9/24/2009 5:43 PM

I would leave it - it's probably keeping them warm. This artilce is really indepth. When you have a chance, just look over it for the relevant stuff. 
www.rabbit.org/care/babies.html 

 

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline bunnymum
PA
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9/24/2009 5:55 PM
Boy that is a surprise! I guess it's hard to tell if a rabbit is pregnant? It sounds like Sophie is a good mom and she is taking care of her babies. I would read Amanda's post, "Lola had babies," that was really informative! Good luck Be sure to take pics of the lil cuties!!
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User is Offline Kafrn
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9/24/2009 5:57 PM
Hi Giuly,
We just had baby rabbits ourselves, and their mother (Stu) would cover them in a good 15cm of fur and straw every morning to keep them warm. It sounds like your bunny is doing the same with the newspaper. I would leave it. your rabbit is doing a great job


Dont panic if it looks like your bunny mum isnt feeding the babies either, she will only do it once or twice a day, when no one is around. She will uncover them to do this Ours are nearly 3 weeks old and we havent seen Stu feed them at all yet! Just make sure that they are warm, and have chubby bellies
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User is Offline SophieBun
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9/24/2009 6:44 PM

Thank you guys so much fr the support!! I've been following Amanda's thread too so I'm kinda relieved. Tomorrow during daylight I'm gonna take  peek at them to see how they're doing. So, I went to see my friend today to see if I could contact the person who abandoned Sophie and she said this woman went to the petstore with Sophie in a box and went up to the counter and told them she didn't want her anymore and left Poor my baby I was so sad when she told me that. Maybe the woman knew she was impregnated with one of her bunnies so she just dumped her? So the petstore couldn't sell her because she wasn't from their breeder. That's when my friend took her home and when I went to her house one day I took her with me. There is defnitely something fishy going on! Because the vet said Sophie was 1 year old or a little less, so Sophie is not a baby. Why would the woman go to a petstore and leave her like that? There's no way I can contact Sophie's previous owner or whatever she is or know who's the babies' daddy All I know now is that I am so happy she's with us because she makes us smile everyday, and she's so sociable and special, and we're gonna take care of the babies (I'm keeping a male one ) until they're ready for adoption.


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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9/24/2009 7:41 PM
Well, good thing you came along and she adopted you then! Sounds to me liek you'll do fine with Sophie and her babies.
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