How Will You Know When Your Rabbit Is in Labor?

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Rabbit pregnancy lasts approximately one month. If you know when your doe was bred, you can estimate her delivery date. It's not unusual for owners to not realize a bunny is pregnant until they find her with the babies. It takes a bunny less than half an hour to deliver her kits, so watch your rabbit carefully for the impending birth.

Appetite Loss

Approximately 24 to 48 hours before delivery, your pregnant rabbit will likely stop eating. She might also appear restless and nervous. Generally, rabbits give birth in the wee hours of the morning.

Pulling Fur

If you know your rabbit is pregnant, put a nesting box lined with straw in her cage around the 26th day of her pregnancy. Place it in an area that she doesn't generally urinate or defecate. If she does eliminate in it, clean the box, replace the straw and put it in another area of the cage. When she starts pulling out her fur to line the nest, she'll probably deliver within the next 48 hours.

Birth

Rabbit kits arrive rapidly, one after the other. Don't bother your bunny or touch the babies during the process. However, if it take more than an hour for the rabbit to deliver all of her babies, something is wrong and you should take the doe and the kits to the emergency vet.

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    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.