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I have found a rabbit and decided to keep it. To our suprise we have noticed that there is something moving in the abdomen of the rabbit. I am a mom so it is clearly obvious that our new found friend is pregnant. My question is at this point, How can I tell respectivly how pregnant? I don't know how old the rabbit is or anything about her. What should I do?

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Hi Cindy,
The rabbit gestation period is about 28 to 32 days. By the sound of it, she is pretty far along. You can give her a nesting box and some hat to build a nest in for her babies. She will also stop eating before she has the babies and she will begin to make a nest with her hair. Check on her every so often to see that she is doing well and you may even catch her in the act of kindling. When she does have her babies make sure that both the mom and babies both are doing well. If the mom is not eating or feeding her babies and just sitting still and not acting like herself, she may have a kit stuck in her and it will have to be surgically removed by a vet asap! She will not feed them often, mostly at night or early in the morning. This is perfectly normal and the babied are ok if they have full tummies and are toasty warm in their nest. Rabbit milk is extremely rich and when they drink it it can last them all day long until their mother feeds them again at night. But if you see the mother feeding them in the day too then that is also fine. Be sure to check on the kits every day to be sure that they are being fed. The mother will not mind if you handle them although it is not the best if you handle them too much. They will open their eyes at about 2 weeks of age and will also start eating a little grownup food but they will still need their mother's milk until they are 7-8 weeks old, then you can wean them one at a time.
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I have learned a lot about rabbits in research and personal experience. My specialties include questions about raising orphaned baby rabbits (What to feed, how to feed, and become the surrogate mother), rabbit behavior (I speak fluent rabbit), showing bunnies (I am showing rabbits in 4-H), rabbit diet (What’s edible or poisonous), rabbit housing (I built my own hutch), good rabbit toys (Safe toys for a bored bunny), treating wounds (Ouch!), keeping rabbits cool in the summer, and basic rabbit care. I can also answer questions about breeding (From buck and doe to kits), grooming (Clipping toenails?), determining the gender of your rabbit (Doe or Buck?), and training (Rabbits can use a litter box too!). The subject in which I may not be able to answer all of the questions is rabbit health because I am not familiar with all of the rabbit sicknesses, otherwise I know how to prevent hairballs, ringworm, overgrown teeth, about spay and neuter, and etc. I will answer all of your questions to the best of my knowledge.

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I currently have one California mix doe and her litter of five (4 does and 1 buck); and I have previously cared for six other bunnies. The first rabbit that I had was a California buck; the other four were wild baby rabbits that my dogs brought home injured. I treated their wounds and cared for them. One died from the trauma that the dog had caused, two were released back into the wild, and the last one disappeared out of its escape proof box. To this day we have no idea what happened to it. I recently sold one of my rabbits(the sister of my current bunny)at the county fair. She got first in the class of Sr. Does. I have also bread my second place doe twice. In the Veterinary field, I have assisted in procedures ranging from spays and neuters to the normal pet checkup.

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4-H: Rabbits

Education/Credentials
I have completed my Pre-school through 11th grade education otherwise no college yet though I plan to become a veterinarian. I have spent time learning about animals at the local vet. I have also done quite a bit of research on rabbits.

Awards and Honors
I recently received 1st and 2nd in the county fair in the same class(Sr. Does)for both of my rabbits. I also won reserve champion in rabbit showmanship.

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