Doe - female rabbitDoes kindle kits.
Buck - male rabbit
Palpate - feeling a rabbits stomach to see if she's pregnant
Kindle - birth process
Kits - baby rabbits
We have two does - Big Bertha and Matilda - and two bucks - Davidson and Happy Jack. We bred both does on January 29th. Only Big Bertha became pregnant. Despite the saying "they multiply like rabbits", it's not always so easy to get them to multiply like rabbits! We rebred Matilda about two weeks ago after palpating her and not feeling any kits in her.
|Big Bertha in her hutch with her nesting box|
The next step will be when she starts pulling out her own chest and stomach fur. Her fur will keep her naked babies nice and toasty warm since she will only go into the nesting box with them twice a day to feed them.
The anticipation is building. This is our first rabbit breeding so we are (I am) overly anxious. I keep reading and researching so we're prepared for any possibility, but I know that experience is the best teacher.