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        11-10-2010, 05:50 PM
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    Question Rabbit question

    I breed rabbit haven't bred in a long time. I got this two white rabbit I wish to breed. But what is to hot or to cold to breed in, I don't want the babies to be to cold or hot. Is 60*F to cold?
         
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        11-10-2010, 05:59 PM
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    That should be fine as long as you have a good doe that will care for them. If she doesn't, put a heating pad (on the lowest setting) under the kitts, but well insulated so they don't get too hot.
         
        11-10-2010, 06:31 PM
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    That should be fine as long as you have a good doe that will care for them. If she doesn't, put a heating pad (on the lowest setting) under the kitts, but well insulated so they don't get too hot.
    She would eat the pad... She had once set of kitts but they die after an week in a half. I don't know if they where sick or what. One was out of the cage, the other just suddenly die.. So I haven't bred her since last year. I hope she better this time. Thanks.
         
        11-11-2010, 08:33 PM
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    If you have her in a wire cage, you can put the pad under the wire, not actually in the cage. Sounds like she might not be a good mom. Sometimes that happens. Hard to know though because if kitts are sick, even a good doe might not look after them.
         
        11-11-2010, 11:24 PM
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    If you have her in a wire cage, you can put the pad under the wire, not actually in the cage. Sounds like she might not be a good mom. Sometimes that happens. Hard to know though because if kitts are sick, even a good doe might not look after them.
    Oh okay.
    It was her first litter of kits and I bred her in the early summer too. So it was about 95*F, could they got to hot? She made a good nest and stuff just one day they where dead... I checked on them at night and the morning they die... So after that I went out and got some rabbit books on breeding and raising. I raised her and her mate for two months old.
         
        11-12-2010, 07:39 AM
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    When she had kitts in the summer was her cage near the cage with the buck/male rabbit in it? Some female rabits will kill their babies if a male is too close to them. If the cages were side by side then that might be why they died.
         
        11-12-2010, 04:13 PM
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    That never matter with the other rabbits... But oh okay..
         
        11-13-2010, 11:49 AM
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    So it was about 95*F, could they got to hot?
    Yes, they can definitely get too hot. Deyhdration is a huge issue with kitts. We used to raise them for meat and in the summer we had to have a few large (3 or 4 foot) fans running all the time.

    Good point about the buck being too close.
         
        11-13-2010, 04:04 PM
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    Yes, they can definitely get too hot. Deyhdration is a huge issue with kitts. We used to raise them for meat and in the summer we had to have a few large (3 or 4 foot) fans running all the time.

    Good point about the buck being too close.
    Yeah... it was probably to hot, thanks for everything y'all.
    Well I put an icepack in with them..
         
        11-13-2010, 04:14 PM
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    Cowgirl101-

    I've raised rabbits since I was about 6, so if you ever need any advice feel free to pm me!

    We have had kits being born in 20 degree weather, so they should be fine. (I was assumung the cage is outdoors forthe following sentance) We usually put a nseting boz in the cage and put plenty of straw and/or wood shavings in it. Then the doe will create her own nest. The mother usually we be very vigilant abot keeping the kits covered in cold weather. If it gets really cold or windy, try putting a towel/blanket over the front of the cage. Then their would still be air flow from the bottom- if wire floor-. Just make sure to not touch the kits! I have lost a litter from touching them too soon. I hope everything goes well!! I recently just lost a Dutch, Gracie, from a pregnancy complication. She gave birth to two premature kits on my lap, then she died the next morning:(
         

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