Is rabbit pregnant, palpation and other random questions

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I already asked a question(s) similar to these but I was going to ask it again in hopes that I will get a few more answers. So I bred my Netherland dwarf bunny on the 21st of June in the evening. I put her in with the buck for 30 minutes and saw 3 successful "fall offs" and possibly a fourth but I wasn't sure if that one was successful. I checked her behind and saw the clear gunk and then put her back in her cage. I tried palpating her on day 10 and couldn't feel anything (note: I have never done it before and don't really know what I'm supposed to feel) I was hoping to try again on day 14 but I was gone all day and missed it. I didn't want to try after that because I heard this could harm the kits. I read that the 28th-32nd days are usually when the kits are born. For my doe the 28th-32nd days are July 19th-23rd (I hope that makes sense.) Do Netherland dwarfs deliver earlier than those dates? I was planning on putting the nesting box in on day 28th, should I do it before? She dug a hole in her straw and sat in it but it has been hot and my buck is doing a similar thing (I read that digging in straw may mean pregnancy.) Do you always see kits moving around in her belly because I haven't seen anything. But I really haven't noticed anything different in her behavior, eating habits, etc. Does anyone think she is pregnant? She will be older than a year if I just wait and see if she delivers or not...Is that bad if I breed her again after? Sorry, I already asked most of these questions before:)
 

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we have never been able to palpate our does to check if bred. We will put nest boxes in 3-4 days before day 28 to give them time to start making a nest if they want-some do and some wait. We have Californian and French Angora breeds and they usually have their kits between day 28-32, not sure on Netherland dwarf.

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99% of my normal litters have been born on day 31-32, regardless of breed. If a doe goes past day 33, either I've got a miss or a fetal giant on my hands.:he I had 1 doe, a Holland Lop, that always kindled on day 30 . . . but that was just her way of doing things. The only litters I have had that were delivered on day 28 were enormous litters, to a large (10 lbs+) doe. That doe had one litter on day 27; that's the earliest I have seen a litter be born and survive. Babies born day 26 or younger were too premature to make it (I've only had this happen a few times).

Both bucks and does will dig and play with hay. The only rabbits I have ever seen "haystaching" (carrying a big handful of hay in their mouths) have been pregnant females. Usually, a pregnant doe will start digging in a corner several days before the babies are due, but waits a couple days more before she starts accumulating nesting material. A few does will pull a mouthful or two of fur before their due date, but if I see a lot of fur in the nest, I expect to see babies under it. Of course, every doe is different, and until you have some experience with a doe, you can't be sure exactly what she will do and when . . . sometimes, she doesn't know, either (particularly young first timers).:barnie

And then, of course, there is the rabbit that does everything exactly as expected, exactly on time, and produces nothing because it was a false pregnancy.:th
 

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In late May this same doe had made a nest, filled it with fur but never delivered. I didn't breed her but the buck got into her cage and i never saw a breeding. And was totally sure she was pregnant but...nope :)
 

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Today is the 21st day. Should I give her the nesting box or wait until day 25 or 28? And if I do give her a nest box, should I put the nest she made in it or see if she does it herself?
 

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you could put the nest box in now if you want. We usually put hay in the box and let the doe decide what she is going to do.

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She just started "haystaching" how long after this do you think she will kindle?
 

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