Rebreeding a third time or poor mother?

Roseatebunny

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I'm not a rabbit breeder or owner (just studier) but I'm pretty sure you can. If she's the type to struggle then maybe not, but if you can calmly pick her up without her thrashing and without squeezing her it should be fine.
thank you.
She's super docile.
whether in a season or with babies. She's still fine.

She tried mating with my new bunny. Had to put her away, keep chasing it to mate again. She's heavily in season.

might try tomorrow.
 

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Hi everyone,
Followed your advice and Rebred her.

sent my step mum an email with your quotes and telling her I've done it.
 

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Hi,

I have a Netherland dwarf doe who has failed her first and second litter.

The first they were born dead.
The second she had only one and it died of cold outside the nest area.

Is there any point to breed her a third time?
Is she just a poor mother?

Are Netherland dwarfs hard to breed?
Or is it just that doe?

Ps. Both mum and dad are false dwarfs

Thank you,
Lauren
I raise New Zealand but have run into this before. Sometimes it takes the moms a few times to figure things out, and in my experience they do improve. Make sure you have proper nesting boxes. It was recommended to me to use nesting boxes from wire mesh material, but the does could not figure out where to kindle, so they just had their babies on the floor of the cage. Like your one almost-surviving Kit, they died from exposure outside the nest. A nest with solid walls and plenty of fresh straw does the trick.

Pay attention to the timing you put the nesting box in. She needs plenty of time to nest, but if you put it in too early she will pee and poop in it, then not want to put her babies in the filth. I put mine in at the end of day 28, and they usually kindle day 30-31.

Don’t give up on her. If she is a pet anyway, might as well keep trying. Best of luck
 

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I raise New Zealand but have run into this before. Sometimes it takes the moms a few times to figure things out, and in my experience they do improve. Make sure you have proper nesting boxes. It was recommended to me to use nesting boxes from wire mesh material, but the does could not figure out where to kindle, so they just had their babies on the floor of the cage. Like your one almost-surviving Kit, they died from exposure outside the nest. A nest with solid walls and plenty of fresh straw does the trick.

Pay attention to the timing you put the nesting box in. She needs plenty of time to nest, but if you put it in too early she will pee and poop in it, then not want to put her babies in the filth. I put mine in at the end of day 28, and they usually kindle day 30-31.

Don’t give up on her. If she is a pet anyway, might as well keep trying. Best of luck
I was recommended no nest box.
My parents won't buy one or make one anyway.

babies that are old enough to move about can't get back in themselves.
T he babies will be June 13 now. Warmer weather, more chance for me to rescue any stray kits.

unfortunately, this may has been coldest on record.
 

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I was recommended no nest box.
My parents won't buy one or make one anyway.

babies that are old enough to move about can't get back in themselves.
T he babies will be June 13 now. Warmer weather, more chance for me to rescue any stray kits.

unfortunately, this may has been coldest on record.
Who recommended not to use a nest box? I have NEVER heard of that being suggested as a good idea.
 

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If you have had 2 failed births with no nest box, it seems like a pretty important variable to just assume is not the issue. Not a single reason not to try a nest box on the next attempt. Here is a link for making one out of one piece of 1x10. My NZ, first time mom, is currently mothering her first litter in hers. 9 healthy babies.

For 3 weeks my kits have done nothing but utilize that nest box. They cuddle for warmth in it ALL DAY EVERY DAY, and it keeps them contained so mom can quickly feed them in a group twice daily. I don't see how a rabbit mom could be successful WITHOUT some sort of nest.

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And the lovely burrow she made/kindled in
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If you have had 2 failed births with no nest box, it seems like a pretty important variable to just assume is not the issue. Not a single reason not to try a nest box on the next attempt. Here is a link for making one out of one piece of 1x10. My NZ, first time mom, is currently mothering her first litter in hers. 9 healthy babies.

For 3 weeks my kits have done nothing but utilize that nest box. They cuddle for warmth in it ALL DAY EVERY DAY, and it keeps them contained so mom can quickly feed them in a group twice daily. I don't see how a rabbit mom could be successful WITHOUT some sort of nest.

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And the lovely burrow she made/kindled in
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My parents have bred rabbits when they were young with no nest box.
therefore they argue I don't need one and won't let me do it.

I would love to, but they won't let me.

thanks anyway
 

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Who recommended not to use a nest box? I have NEVER heard of that being suggested as a good idea.
My rabbit book.
The book of netherland dwarf.

My parents and grandparents who have bred successfuly for years.
they won't let me do it even though I wanted too.
 
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