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How do rabbits reproduce?

If you have a couple of rabbits at home, it is best that you pay attention to this article. If you don’t want them to have babies (there are quite a few rodents in shelters), it is best to keep them separated from 16 to 24 weeks of age.

Rabbits use reproduction to ensure offspring, to ensure that their genes continue to remain on planet Earth throughout the years.

In the specific case of small mammals, we are faced with animal species with a great capacity to “produce offspring” which are technically known as “prolific animals”. This inexhaustible reproductive capacity of rabbits and rodents has generated more than one problem: pests.

When these animals live in freedom, their high reproductive capacity, if it is helped by good weather conditions and comfortable obtaining food, will cause an uncontrollable population explosion that generates serious, devastating problems in the places where they occur.

In the case of rabbits and rodents that develop their life cycle in a home, as pets, reproduction can also generate more than one problem.

About seven rabbits are born at each birth and they will be blind and deaf

As in the rest of small mammals and as we can see below, the rabbit has a great reproductive capacity. Pay attention to the following points:

The sexual maturity of the rabbit is completed between 16 and 24 weeks of life. This fact makes us think that we should never have two different-sex rabbits together, no matter how young they may seem … from a very young age they are capable of reproducing. We should never breed these animals before they are six months old.

Their normal gestation period lasts between 30 and 33 days. Pregnancy can be diagnosed with a palpation of the abdomen from 12 or 14 days of gestation.

During the last week of gestation, the female plucks hairs from the abdomen and flank (sides) to cover the nest.

The litter is usually 4 to 12 offspring, although the average is 7. The smaller the breed of rabbit, the number of offspring will be less (purebred specimens usually have between 2 and 3 kits per litter, the specimens without breed or crossed between four and eight kits).

After delivery it is very important not to disturb the mother or touch the kits. Discomfort and changes in the smell of newborns can be the cause of maternal rejection and even cause the mother to kill the kits. It is advisable not to clean the cage bed until 2 or 3 weeks after birth.

Young kits are born deaf, blind and totally dependent on their mother. On the fifth day their hair begins to grow and on the ninth they open their eyes and lift their ears.

After the first four weeks, it is appropriate to pet the little ones and handle them on a regular basis. This procedure allows them to easily get used to the human presence. After seven or eight weeks they can be changed owner without problem.

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