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Hello we have 2 lop eared rabbits in our classroom for an inquiry learning for a kindergarten classroom.... We have bred the rabbits (they have been separated since and their cages are side by side) We have been told by 2 others that the Doe is pregnant... we have given her a nesting box on day 28 and today is day 30.... She made a nest in the box as well as pulled some of her fur for her nest. Today we went to the school to check on her and she still has no babies. Is it possible she is not pregnant? Can they go past day 30? Any info you can give is appreciated!!! Thank You!

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Dear Jodi

Normal gestation is 28-31 days.  If she still has no babies by day 32-33, I would have her checked by a rabbit-savvy veterinarian who can check to be sure all is well.  If too much time goes by, the babies can become too big for her to deliver safely.

For important information regarding breeding your rabbits, please see:

http://www.bio.miami/edu/hare/breeding.html

and for information regarding classroom rabbits, please see:

http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/classroom.html

and

http://www.rabbit.org/journal/3-10/classroom.html

I hope these articles will help you discover what's best for the rabbits, the children, and everyone involved.

Sincerely,

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

Publications
Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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