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Tuesday Terms – Pulling Fur

October 25, 2011

Sometimes non-rabbit folks don’t understand our ‘rabbit talk’. We can tell when a doe is ready to kindle (give birth) when she pulls fur.

Typically a doe will pull fur from her belly – this not only provides fur to keep the litter warm but also makes it less furry so the babies can find the teats to nurse. Some does will pick up clumps of fur and rearrange it.Rabbit babies, called kits, are born with eyes closed and no hair, so the fur is necessary to keep them warm until their bodies learn to regulate themselves and hair grows in.

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  1. Tom Elie permalink
    October 26, 2011 1:03 PM

    Trying to contact you about midget white turkeys and other poultry and rabbits. Link on you website for email appears to be “broken”. No number listed on the web either. Would appreciate an email if possible.

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