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gazadams42
26-02-2011, 01:53 PM
we bought two rabbits about 6 months ago and assured bothe were girls.
about 10 weeks ago we had a litter of babies OMG!!!, i seperated one from the other which i believed to be the male into another hutch, the other i left with the babies assuming it was the mother as that one was most attentive to the nest and babies.
today in the (man hutch) there is another 2 or 3 babies!!!!
really confused and dont know what to do to stop this tidal wave of baby rabbits.
so now do i assume the other one which is still with the previous litter is male?
will he impregnate the babies?
WHAT DO WE DO!!!
hELP PLEASE

Jack's-Jane
26-02-2011, 01:59 PM
Did the first litter survive ? If so they cannot have been in with the male as he would not be able to feed them.

Did you take them to a Vet to determine which is male and which is female ?

blackspots
26-02-2011, 01:59 PM
didn't want to read and run, but I'm sure someone with know-how will be along soon to give you useful advice.

RubyTed
26-02-2011, 02:00 PM
You took the wrong bun out!!! You need to put the babies back in with mum Now or they will die.

Keep both adult buns separated.

Eta.... Ignore me. I didn't read that this was 10 weeks ago. Could any other bun get in to impregnate them both?

gazadams42
26-02-2011, 02:03 PM
no chance any other bun involved i am so confused now the other litter seem to be fine .

gazadams42
26-02-2011, 02:04 PM
didnt take to a vet just took the one out i thought was male the one who just sat in the corner and didnt look interested!!
what age can the babies be impregnated or breed

kk_kayla
26-02-2011, 02:06 PM
you will need to latch the older babies onto mum as if they have been in with the male for 10 days they havnt had any food

RubyTed
26-02-2011, 02:08 PM
So you have a litter of 10 week old babies in with one bun, and a litter of new born buns with the other?

For ten weeks the adult buns have been separate and have not had any contact with each other?

Before this you had them for 6 months? There is no possibility that they've been in any contact with another rabbit? :?


...it's like a riddle! :lol::?

kk_kayla
26-02-2011, 02:10 PM
So you have a litter of 10 week old babies in with one bun, and a litter of new born buns with the other?

For ten weeks the adult buns have been separate and have not had any contact with each other?

Before this you had them for 6 months? There is no possibility that they've been in any contact with another rabbit? :?

oh sorry 10 week old....well then they must both be female for the babies to have survived

gazadams42
26-02-2011, 02:11 PM
the adults have only been seperated for about 4 weeks as only had one cage

kk_kayla
26-02-2011, 02:13 PM
the adults have only been seperated for about 4 weeks as only had one cage

well then you prob sperated the female from her babies and then she got pregnant again by the male and had more.
at some point you will need to take mum to the vet as im pretty sure shes prob got sore bits from have 2 ltters in such a small space of time.

watever you do now you will have to keep the older babies awway from the smallers ones.

Loosy
26-02-2011, 02:13 PM
the adults have only been seperated for about 4 weeks as only had one cage

Aah, that makes sense then.
I read the rest of the thread and was getting rather confused! :lol:
You must have removed the female. She can become pregnant pretty much straight after giving birth.
By 6 weeks, I suppose the first litter were weaned already, which is why they survived.

I'm not sure what age baby rabbits can breed. Hopefully someone will be able to answer that soon!

Dustyrabbit
26-02-2011, 02:17 PM
This is like one of those maths questions the kids get!

10 weeks ago two rabbits lived together, one rabbit had a litter - 6 weeks later you separated the adults - now (4 weeks later) the lone rabbit has produced babies = Dad is in with 10 week old babies, mum (who was inpregnated for a second time before separation) has given birth to a new litter.

gazadams42
26-02-2011, 02:18 PM
so the male is in with the first litter my fears now are that he will try to impregnate the babies can he do that or are they safe for a bit

kk_kayla
26-02-2011, 02:18 PM
i dont think the rabbits can get pregnant as early as 10 weeks old so you should be ok..

Dustyrabbit
26-02-2011, 02:20 PM
You need to get the 10 week old babies reliably sexed and separated asap.

Neutering is the best option for all - boys can be done at about 12 weeks, the females a bit later.

The males will be fertile very soon, the females perhaps not for a few more weeks but with Dad around you can't chance it.

Loosy
26-02-2011, 02:20 PM
so the male is in with the first litter my fears now are that he will try to impregnate the babies can he do that or are they safe for a bit

I'm not sure what age they can become pregnant but you really need to get an extra cage to prepare for when you need to seperate them. You'll need to sex and seperate the male and female babies too.

sazzy
26-02-2011, 02:22 PM
It's not unknown though i would find suitable accomadation for the baby bunnies as they will need seperating in the next couple of weeks

RubyTed
26-02-2011, 07:25 PM
Right...that makes sense now :)


Luckily you took mum out when her first litter were just about old enough.

The males can become sexually mature from 12 weeks and will start fighting with each other and dad, so you need to seperate them (where snouts are you...someone on here might offer to help with the sexing...otherwise the vet can do it.)

You have a few options. Either you can get the males neutered AS SOON as their testicles descend, and keep them with one or two of the girls (as littermates should be ok together). Or you can separate all the boys seperately until you can afford to have them neutered, and keep the girls together for a few weeks...,.but they'd have to be seperated at some point before they're spayed, as they might start fighting due to unneutered males being about.

Option one is the best....but they're both costly I'm afraid. Don't put dad back with mum.

whitehood
26-02-2011, 07:30 PM
Will you have money to neuter and spay all the bunnies.
I think you should re home them once they are old enough to be without their mother.
And go to the vets and get everyone of them checked.
A male rabbit has to be 4-5 months old to be neutered.
And females 5-6 months. :)
It takes up to 50 to neuter and 60-90 to spay for each bunny. Some vets might charge more or less.

RubyTed
26-02-2011, 08:06 PM
Good vets will neuter males as soon as their plumbs drop. :wave:

females are 5-6 months. (but 6 is usually preferable.)

Tamsin
26-02-2011, 08:15 PM
Rabbit's can get pregnant straight after giving birth, you're lucky you didn't get a second litter 4 weeks after the first.

The 10 weeks old need to be separated into sexes now, you're right on the brink of them becoming sexual mature and the right is higher if you have an unneutered adult in there as the are already sexually mature. Get someone experienced to sex them and recheck in two weeks to be doubly sure.

I suggest you neuter dad asap, he then needs to be kept separate from any unneutered females for 4-6 weeks.

Any youngsters you plan on keeping can be neutered as soon as their testicles drop around 12-14 weeks. If you get this done then you can keep them together otherwise boys will likely start fighting.

An babies you plan to rehome are now old enough to leave home.

Lillian
26-02-2011, 08:20 PM
If you couldnt rehouse the male from the female for 4 weeks, I imagine you don't have space to separate the dad and the males and females from the first litter - if this is so I'd strongly suggest rehoming the first litter asap before they all end up pregnant and you have hundreds of rabbits all over the place.

After both litters are rehomed or sorted out, I'd suggest neutering mum and dad and rebonding them!

I hope things work out, I know how quickly it can become a problem - I ended up with two pregnant does at once before.