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    We have woken up this morning to fur lining the hutch and a much more slender mummy rabbit! I've put pellets in her bowl and she came out to eat. She was happy to be welcomed by myself. While she was eating I slightly peeked into the bedding area of the hutch to see babies! I really need advise as what to do now. We didn't know she was pregnant so we haven't done anything different regarding her diet but as I wondered if she was, she's been having more pellets per serving. Is there anything I really need to do and anything I definitely should not do. I know they are blind for 3 days so I'm definitely going to keep that door closed. But please...everyone...help! Lots of Thanks in advance from a very grateful and happy and excited Bunny Owner!xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise H View Post
    We have woken up this morning to fur lining the hutch and a much more slender mummy rabbit! I've put pellets in her bowl and she came out to eat. She was happy to be welcomed by myself. While she was eating I slightly peeked into the bedding area of the hutch to see babies! I really need advise as what to do now. We didn't know she was pregnant so we haven't done anything different regarding her diet but as I wondered if she was, she's been having more pellets per serving. Is there anything I really need to do and anything I definitely should not do. I know they are blind for 3 days so I'm definitely going to keep that door closed. But please...everyone...help! Lots of Thanks in advance from a very grateful and happy and excited Bunny Owner!xx




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    There are 4. But 1 of them is stone cold and still in amniotic sac right at the back corner of the nest away from the others. When I first realised this morning they were in straw nest but all the fur was in main living area. Within an hour she had been in and covered them with fur so when I was checking them it was really difficult to spot them but I think it's just the 3 survivors. Fingers crossed she's a good mummy. How often should I check them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise H View Post
    There are 4. But 1 of them is stone cold and still in amniotic sac right at the back corner of the nest away from the others. When I first realised this morning they were in straw nest but all the fur was in main living area. Within an hour she had been in and covered them with fur so when I was checking them it was really difficult to spot them but I think it's just the 3 survivors. Fingers crossed she's a good mummy. How often should I check them?
    I've no experience of babies so sorry I can't help but I wish you & everybun well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise H View Post
    There are 4. But 1 of them is stone cold and still in amniotic sac right at the back corner of the nest away from the others. When I first realised this morning they were in straw nest but all the fur was in main living area. Within an hour she had been in and covered them with fur so when I was checking them it was really difficult to spot them but I think it's just the 3 survivors. Fingers crossed she's a good mummy. How often should I check them?
    Is the Buck still with her ?

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    No. They've lived in separate hitches for the last 6 weeks but we let them go out and run together. Obviously a mistake but I didn't want to break their bond. Now we have a run and the garden is secure so now, when I can let her out, she will go in the run. He will be going to be neutered in the next 2 weeks so he'll be infertile by the time they can go back together. When can she go out for exercise? How long should she stay cage confined for??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise H View Post
    No. They've lived in separate hitches for the last 6 weeks but we let them go out and run together. Obviously a mistake but I didn't want to break their bond. Now we have a run and the garden is secure so now, when I can let her out, she will go in the run. He will be going to be neutered in the next 2 weeks so he'll be infertile by the time they can go back together. When can she go out for exercise? How long should she stay cage confined for??
    She does not have to be confined to her cage. Does she not have a run permanently attached to it ?

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    No. Because we have an upstairs down stairs hutch we took out the ladder and screwed a board down. We kept her upstairs with the seperste dark bedding area incase of a litter. So she needs lifting out for a run. He however had downstairs so he hops out and gas the run of the garden (when we are in). She'll need lifting into the pen now though (husband erected it this morning upon our discovery!).
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    I personally wouldn't want to prevent her from accessing her babies, so if you can find a way to allow her access to some space whilst also having the option to be in, that would be much preferred.

    I would suggest checking them daily. She will be most active around them at dawn/dusk and be most likely to feed them then so checking them after one of those times would be good, to make sure all have been fed.

    Also, congratulations- you are about to experience a most amazing thing! but also commiserations, because it is also a highly stressful and potentially grief laiden thing too.
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