Rabbits can have 12 or more babies per litter, so choosing how many to breed at one time is not something to take lightly. I always breed at least two because if I end up with too many in one litter or a doe dies (rare but it does happen) or there is a great discrepancy in sizes or one doe loses all or most of her babies, babies can be shuffled to a foster doe. Fortunately, litter sizes are more commonly 6 to 8 and things go well, so two bred at a time tends to result in a reasonable number of babies. Since it has been over a year since any babies were born here, I was hoping for that 6 to 8 per doe average but would have been happy with larger litters, too.
Yeah, hope. Ha! Bred two does. How many babies?
One. Yep, one. Chubby little porker, weighs 2.8 ounces. This is Katniss' baby. Hollyhop did not have any. She still could, but I don't think she has any. It is also possible Kat could still have more but again, I'm not expecting that.
Singletons have a tough time. Newborn baby rabbits are usually naked at birth. This one is slightly fuzzy, cooked for a little extra time and with no competition, developed faster. But even with that hint of fuzz, newborns need siblings for warmth in the nest. Mother rabbits do not stay with their babies for more than about 5 minutes once or twice a day to feed. The best protection a doe can give her babies is to stay away from the nest so she doesn't lead predators to the nest. Mother rabbits stay within sight of the nest and keep a watchful eye on it and if a predator gets too close, the doe's instinct is to run openly to draw the predator away from the nest.
I have successfully raised singletons before. As long as Kat will feed the baby, this one should be ok, but I will have to keep the baby in the house to make sure the kit stays warm by itself. Yep, that much hands on means I will get very attached to this baby.