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What Are Nestboxes

March 20, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are often many ways to do something, and preferences come into play. Agriculture is no different, and within that specifically rabbit raising is guided by experience and preferences.

There are many commercial nest boxes fabricated. This is the place where, ideally, a doe will go to have her babies. The babies spend their first weeks in the safety of this, often with bedding and fur (if by the textbook!) to keep them warm. The nest box is put in a few days before her due date.

A few years ago we tried drop down nest boxes – and love them so much we added another cage row of them. The biggest advantages are shown in this photo. As the name indicates, the nest box is lower than the rest of the cage. This makes it impossible for babies to fall out, and if one should hang on when the doe leaves from nursing, chances are it will fall safely back into the nest rather than being stranded outside the nest. The other reason I like these is it gives the mother time to be away from her babies and yet watch over them. She can rest comfortably without babies trying to nurse on her.

This way the doe can have a little extra time eating and drinking and resting as the bunnies are usually a couple of weeks old before they can get out of the box on their own. It’s saved accidental deaths from falling out of the nest box.

Be it show prospects or meat rabbits, all deserve a nurturing start! This doe was a first timer – these bunnies are six days old in the photo. They’re growing well, and keeping them healthy and alive is a benefit to the breeding and maternity environment.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jeremy mcdonald permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:45 AM

    Is that a light grey Flemish giant doe?? She ix beautiful whether she is or not… I am in Alabama. I am trying to somewhat homestead due to the economy here and, thank The Lord, my children’s interest in animals and my interest in self sustainability and personal love for animals as well. I have acquired one full blood Flemish doe but have yet to find another buck and two more does than I can afford, they are very rare and prized animals down here. If you can ship or know of anyone down south that doesn’t charge an arm and a Legg for rabbits could you plz let me know? Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you! My email address is or can be reached by text message at 706-518-0514

    • March 26, 2013 8:48 PM

      Thank you! She’s actually a Giant Chinchilla – often confused with the light grey Flemish. They do tend to be a bit pricey, as they eat more and it seems good ones are tough to find. Will be in touch – maybe I can help. (Am in AL too at this point!)


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