Autumn brings with it the promise of new rabbit litters. We choose to breed our rabbits from fall to spring in order to give them a summer break during the hottest months. No one wants to be pregnant in the summer wearing a wool sweater. No one.
Three of our doe rabbits are bred, but with this being the first round of breeding for the season, I only expect one… maybe two litters right out the gate. Philly has pulled fur and made a nest which is very promising, as in my experience, does only pull fur if they are indeed pregnant. This will be Philly’s second litter so far in her lifetime, but I have confidence she will kindle (give birth) in the nest box and not on the wire.
Khaleesi is not exhibiting any signs, but given rabbits general orneriness, that doesn’t mean much. This would be her first litter so she may not be “with it” until the last minute. She has been spending the last few days using her nest box as a litter box and hay buffet. Typical newbie mother. Typical newbie rabbit mother anyways…
Blackberry was bred two weeks after both Philly and Khaleesi so she is not due until mid-September. Blackberry was about as easy to breed as her mother, Dandelion, was– which is: not easy at all. When deciding to breed a doe, I take into account both her physical and mental readiness. Philly was both physically and mentally ready to breed at just six months old (a very controversial subject, I know, so bring on the hate-mail) while Blackberry was not mentally ready to be bred until a little over a year old. Some does are ready before others, but when you have an angora with a fabulous, well-producing wool coat, you wait for that sucker no matter how long it takes to get a litter from her. And that’s just what I’ve done with Blackberry. I can’t wait to see how kits from her line turn out… I’ve waited plenty just for the opportunity.
Fingers crossed for my big girl Blackberry!