We found out a while back that rabbits are generally horrible mothers the first time around. Horrible to the point that the entire first litter usually dies. The second litter is usually a little better, but 100% survival of the kits doesn’t usually happen until at least the third litter. It’s a little disturbing to walk into the garage in the morning and find dead baby rabbits spread around the cage, usually in varying stages of being eaten. For their reputation as breeders, you’d think they’d be better parents. The people selling cute little rabbits don’t tell you what to expect, and surprisingly, most of the informational books don’t mention it either.
We finally had our 2nd litter from TR today. (The does are named according to which cage they’re in. This one is in the top right.) This time she made a nice nest in her nest box and started lining it with fur before the babies were born. She had the kits in the box, didn’t eat them, and did let them nurse. Looks like this attempt will go better than the first.
I’ve decided to call her Octomom, since there are 8 kits in the litter.