Questions and Answers – Rabbits

General

When shopping for vegetables, look for a selection of different veggies–look for both dark leafy veggies. Stay away from beans and rhubarb. Here’s a suggested veggie list.

Fresh woodcuts from the right kind of tree would be without risk for rabbits pets.

Safe Woods for Rabbits are:

  • alfalfa
  • apple (seeds are toxic)1
  • arbutus
  • ash
  • aspen
  • apricot (only when dried for at least one month)
  • bamboo cane
  • basil
  • blackberry
  • blackcurrant
  • borage
  • carrot (no seeds)
  • cat-tail
  • chickweed
  • chicory (wild)
  • cholla
  • cilantro1
  • clover (red and white)
  • coconut shell
  • common comfrey (dried)
  • cottonwood
  • crabapple
  • dandelion
  • dogwood
  • grapevine
  • hackberry
  • hawthorn
  • hazelnut
  • jewelweed
  • kiwi
  • kudzu
  • lambs-quarters
  • lemon balm
  • linden
  • mallow
  • manzanita
  • maple (sugar and silver)
  • mesquite
  • mint (do not give to pregnant or nursing does)
  • mulberry (white)
  • parsley
  • peach (only when dried for at least one month)
  • pear (no seeds)
  • pecan
  • pigweed
  • pine - kiln-dried white only
  • plantain
  • purslane
  • poplar
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • quince
  • radish
  • raspberry
  • redroot pigweed
  • rose (any above-ground parts including hips)
  • shepherd's purse
  • sow thistle (annual, spiny annual, perennial)
  • stinging nettle (dried)
  • strawberry1
  • squash
  • sunflower
  • sweet potato
  • sycamore
  • willow
  • wingstem
  • yarrow

If you cut the healthy twigs fresh from the tree the wood is tasty for your bunnies and you have no worries about fouling or similar things. Additionally, it gives important vitamins and such for your rabbits.

You could give them the leaves too. They will like the variety of their other greens. My rabbits like to peel the skin of and bite the twigs into small parts and after all, they let me bigger match-like parts.

Rabbits Pregnancy

During the first week of pregnancy, it is difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain for sure whether or not your doe is pregnant. If
you are familiar with your doe and have gone through several litters with her already, you might be able to discern those subtle, subjective behavioral changes that indicate rising pregnancy hormone levels.
Otherwise, simply palpate at day 10 or 12 and see what you find.

The calendar is your best friend. Mark when the doe was bred
and count forward 31 days. If you don’t know that date, then careful palpation may help reveal the size of the fetuses and hence give you a ballpark idea of about when she might kindle.
• Marble-sized at day 8
• Olive- or grape-sized at day 10
• Quarter- or half-dollar-sized at day 14
• The size of a small egg at day 21
By the time the fetuses are egg-sized, it becomes harder to distinguish them from the guts. But you should be able to feel that the abdomen is unusually full. Additionally, the pregnancy is quite advanced if
you can see or feel the kicks of tiny feet from the outside of the doe’s
abdomen or flanks. If you can’t determine exactly when she’s due, it’s
safest to simply give her a nest box packed with nesting materials and
leave her alone so she can do her thing.