Tuesday, April 04, 2006

More on the Rabbits

So we have 7 baby rabbits in a nesting box with Ma Rabbit. She decides to make a new nest outside of the nesting box and transfer baby rabbits out. (Of course this is starts happening at 8:30 PM). All the best sources claim that Ma Rabbit will NOT move her babies (guess I have a special Ma Rabbit). Sources do say that sometimes Ma Rabbit will try to make next outside of the nesting box, but this is usually BEFORE the bunnies are born.

So Ma Rabbit and I dueled for the ensuing hours. She would pull more fur and set it outside the box. If I went to put it inside the box, she would grab it in her mouth and hop to the corner. I remove fur from mouth and place in nesting box. Ma Rabbit lies still til I leave. Then she begins again.

I remember years ago visiting friends who were raising a horse. Some comment was made about bottle-feeding the colt at 2:00 AM. I remember laughing to myself that I would never do that....(Reminder to self: don't laugh at others to self). I never dreamed I would be dueling with Ma Rabbit at midnight.

From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...Oremus pro invicem!


Auntie Kay said...

Having a good friend that rasied rabbits, and I had a few of my own. I can say that the ma rabbit will not make nest in a box, she usually makes her own (nest) like birdies.
Hope this helps!

JCurley said...

Thanks, for the tip. We'll keep this in mind. We lost one baby rabbit yesterday but the rest seem to be okay. We're not sure if Ma Rabbit has tried to feed the babies or not. We'll have to keep an eye on things today.