Dwarfs: 12″ long x 8″ wide x 8″ tall
Medium: 15″ long x 10″ wide x 10″ tall
Large: 18″ long x 12″ wide x 12″ tall
Wait before you line the nest box with hay. Did you sterilize the nest box? Whether it is a new box or a box that has been used before, It needs to be sterilized before putting it in your doe’s cage.
Wash the nest box in warm soap and bleach (1/4 cup per gallon of water) water. Rinse using clean warm water. Allow to dry in the sun if possible before use.
I find it best to fill the nest box by Putting some absorbent pine shavings (not cedar!) (not saw dust!) on the bottom about 1 inch deep. Then put good clean hay in the rest of the way. Hollow out a hole in the hay that she can get in and put the young.
When you put a nest box in, the doe will start taking up hay in its mouth to prepare her nest. Watch carefully to make sure that she is putting it in the nest box and not spreading it on the floor of the hutch.
If she is spreading it on the floor, she is intending to have her litter on the floor instead of the nest box. You can move the nest box to where she was spreading it on the cage floor, she may then prepare her nest in the nest box instead. Make sure you watch for this because if she has her litter outside the nest box, the odds of the kits surviving are very slim.
Kits are born with their eyes closed and nearly hairless. They must be protected from exposure and must be confined together with their litter mates.
Sometimes a doe will give birth on the cage floor. Be vigilant and watch for this. Unless you gather up the babies in time and put them in the nest box, they will die from exposure. Once in the nest box, the mother will care for them. The position of the babies is very important. The mother will NEVER move the babies anywhere. If they are on the cage floor, on the cage floor they will remain, unless YOU intervene. Even in the nest box, they have to be in the right place and it is up to you to make sure of this. Make sure that they are lying on fur in a good depression in the hay where they cannot climb out of the nest box. If they climb out before their eyes are open, their chances of survival are slim. Remember! The mother will NEVER move her kits anywhere! YOU must ensure that they are in the right position.
Check the kits soon after birth. Count them and eliminate dead kits, runts and deformed kits.
Wow, you have done everything right and now you have a litter of new born kits. What’s your game plan now?
As kits go from birth to 10 days, they get more and more of their own fur. They are born almost hairless, but develop enough fur to keep themselves warm by the ninth day. On the tenth or eleventh day, their eyes are open and sometimes they will come out of the nest box. They will start to eat solids between the 11th and 14th days.
When the weather is above 60 degrees, you may remove the nest box on the 14th-16th day after birth. Allowing them to stand on a piece of plywood until the 18th day. On cold days, remove the nest box on the 18th-20th days. It is necessary to remove the nest box before the 21st day because they will poop and pee in it, which makes it harbor a lot of germs that they can easily become infected.
Kits may be weaned as early as 4 weeks after birth. Usually, it is best to keep them with their mother until they are 6 to 8 weeks old. At time of weaning, you should sex the kits and separate the males and females into their own cages.
You may keep the rabbits you’ve weaned together, separated by sex, until about 4 months of age, then they need to be butchered or totally separated one rabbit per cage.
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