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could she be pregnant or is it a health problem?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning and Raising Young Rabbits' started by Spring Flower, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. Mar 23, 2019
    Spring Flower

    Spring Flower Overrun with beasties

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    Hey guys.
    So I have been having trouble breeding my silver fox since I got her about 6-12 months.

    I noticed tonight that she is really shedding mostly from her dewlap. none of the other bucks or does are shedding. And she look a little fatter but I cant say for sure...shes just uhh normally chunky haha. I put in a nest box just in case.

    I guess my question is could she be pregnant even without any fall offs despite his best efforts haha? She just wont lift.
    Could it be a health problem that is causing her sudden shedding?
     
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  2. Mar 23, 2019
    rachels.haven

    rachels.haven True BYH Addict Golden Herd Member

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    I don't keep rabbits, but as I was growing up my parents kept meat and show rabbits extensively.

    If nobody else answers, here's my advice: Watch and wait. It is spring. She could be starting to shed. She could have a fungal or parasite issue especially if her dewlap is large and it gets in water and food and she can't groom it well or it's humid. She could very likely be pregnant. I'd leave the nest box if you're in doubt. Just keep it pee free in case babies arrive. Extra hay for hay in the box may help clue you in.

    I think as far as getting more and better answers go, pictures help. Putting your approximate location in your profile might help so people close to you can give you advice or we can at least get a feel for your climate. Other than that, good luck.

    PS: Do you have you palpated her lately? Might be too late if she took, but might not and might help you.
     
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    Spring Flower

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    Thanks. She doesn't really have a big dewlap and I've seen her clean under it.

    I really hope she is but I'm not sure. I was originally thinking it was just normal shed but it's just her. But one of our horses shed before the others so I dont know. I will keep a best box in just in case.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2019
    promiseacres

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    Is she pulling the fur and making a nest or is it coming out on its own? Does physically pull their hair for a nest. Hair coming on its own generally is shedding.
     
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    Spring Flower

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    She isn't nesting or pulling hair. The hair isn't falling out on it's own but it is really easy to pull out. Easier than it normally is and easier than the other rabbits. This morning I went out to check every one and apparently that time of the morning the sun shines in all of her cage. She was either breathing heavy or panting.. if rabbits do that. I put up a board to block the sun. Normally when I open her cage she jumps up and runs to the corner. She has always done that. This time she didn't get up and she let me pet her a little before she got up.

    I'm hoping she isn't sick and will be okay. Pregnant works amazingly to but as long as she's okay

    I took some pics after the board was put up. IMG_20190324_102212841_HDR.jpg IMG_20190324_102226887_HDR.jpg
     
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    Spring Flower

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    GUYS she built a nest!!! There is no hair but there is a nest! IMG_20190325_115550093.jpg
     
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    :clap:thumbsup Good luck!
     
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    :fl for kits!
     
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    Spring Flower

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    I am really scared it's just a false pregnancy. She hasn't lifted for any buck in months. I hope some how it's possible for her to be pregnant without fall offs... I know he... Um.. yah but she never lifted.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2019
    animalmom

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    I currently have a doe with three kits and I never saw her lift nor did I see the buck fall...

    Most of the times rabbits are lusty breeders but sometimes they are stealthy.

    Good luck with your doe. Looking forward to seeing pictures of all the kits.