Well, here’s a photo of Piper in her new digs. We put her in here about a week ago and she’s been pretty happy. She loves stretching out like this or even more fully. I spent some time observing her yesterday and she does seem larger around in the belly area. She is also acting a little grumpy. When I came out this morning she had made a giant nest with a nice rounded hole in the middle out of all of the hay and straw bedding I gave her last night. It was a big nest. I know there are a few rabbit raisers following this blog. Is it normal for her to start making a nest so early?
It has been 22 days since she was bred and now I’m worried they might come early if she is nesting. The books say to not put in the nest box until day 27. I don’t want to put the box in yet. There is no way she could have gotten pregnant sooner.
She could just be making herself really comfortable with her bedding. She isn’t pulling fur at all yet. And the size of the nest that she has made and the amount of bedding in it would be more than adequate to give birth in, but they wouldn’t survive born this early. I’ve also read about phantom pregnancies, but those usually end 18 days after they have been bred.
I am hoping she is just making practice nests out of instinct. Do they do that?
There is still no sign of Angel Bunny after the last storm. Normally she would have been back by now so I’m afraid she’s either moved on or been hurt or someone else caught her. I hope she’s okay. That’s the thing with stray animals. They hang around for a while and then sometimes you never see them again.
I didn’t get the garden weeded yesterday. Despite it being sunny, the ground is still really wet and so the dirt was caking. I think I need to let it dry out another day, possibly two. As much as I want to start planting, I don’t want to be covered with the mud that is still less than an inch under the surface. Maybe tomorrow.