Just an update on the babies. I have two white, one caster, brown, and one opal, gray. They are almost a month old and starting to leave the nest box. They are nibbling alfalfa but i havent seen them get into the food yet. It will be another proud day when they do though! I just went out and took out their next box so they more free motion to try out their legs but they still have a WHOLE lot of hay so they can burrow and hide. Here are some pictures:
Sorry... i know its an old thread... but jeez louise what an idiot. I have not "bred" rabbits, but I own several when I was a teenager and had a couple of rabbits give birth... one when a male rabbit learned to open the door of his cage, then open the door of the hutch of the female above him (that takes some talent) and another when my father- bless him, apparently he never heard the term "breeding like rabbits" - decided to see what would happen when he put a male rabbit and female rabbit together. (We still tease him for that one, his famous last words were, "well they werent at it long enough for anything to happen!) If you OWN rabbits, you should know they are very sensitve to any variation of temperature, too hot or too cold. On a nice sunny day they enjoy time in an outdoor hutch or run, with access to shade and cool water. But ADULT rabbits need to live primarily in an enviroment that is temperature controlled. Newborn rabbits HAVE NO FUR and like all infants CANNOT CONTROL their internal temperature very well. It is therefore even more so vital for them to be in a warm enviroment. Furthermore, the Mini lop is definately getting pregnant, because female rabbits go into heat in the presense of another male - they will get pregnant EVERY TIME. (Just ask my father) The Mini lop is not giving birth because rabbits have the ability to reabsorb their fetus into their body when the mother find her living space UNSUITABLE for survival of her babies... perhaps because she was COLD. This saves her from have to make sacrifices for her survival when the survival of the litter isn't likely. So she wont have to DEFUR herself in the COLD to make a nest, and her body doesn't have to give up precious nutrition to the milk so she can put on some BODY FAT to keep WARM with. Obviously you do not know what you are doing if 5 in a litter of 5 are dead. Obviously you do not care if they die, because you still insist, although 5 out of 5 are dead, that you acted apporpriately and will still not bring a pregnant rabbit indoors. Please do not breed anymore, I'm sure the petstores will find someone else hopefully more responsible to supply them.
BTW I was a first timer when my rabbit gave birth and her whole litter survived, even the runt.