How to tell if my rabbit is pregnant – Palpating – Part 2

How to tell if my rabbit is pregnant – Palpating – Part 2


hello Liz here with Syman Says farm for
another video today I’m in the rabbitry and I have a doe Sydney who is a Holland
lap about nine months old and she is thirteen days post breeding and today is
the day that I’m going to palpate her to confirm whether she is pregnant or not
so if you’ve never palpated before it can be quite tricky what you’re trying
to do is feel the little embryos inside of their uterus and this is done by
placing them on a table and opening up their back legs and really trying to
feel inside of their abdomen I’m not a vet here so my words are not textbook words clearly but you have a rabbit you’re
going to put her on a carpet or towel pulled her back and take her why is this
so hard to explain belly and you’re going to gently with these two fingers
you’re going to gently squeeze and kind of roll you’re trying to feel are these
blueberry two grapes eyes round firm but soft balls you know what squeezed too
hard because you don’t want to harm the embryos which I read is pretty hard to
do so you can apply some pressure they’ll be so gentle that you can’t feel
you do want to do a firm squeeze and once you feel them you know you know not
to squeeze anymore the trickiest part about palpating is
that you don’t want to go too far up because above the uterus is actually
where their fecal matter is so if you’re feeling up too high you’ll actually feel
little round hard balls that are about the size of a pea and that’s fecal
matter not embryos little embryos are going to be kind of suspended in the
middle part of that abdominal cavity so I’m going to grab Sydney our Blue Holland
Lop and see if she’s pregnant so this is Sydney
this will be her second pregnancy if she is in fact pregnant so are you ready
you kind of calm I don’t know okay so since I am right-handed I’m going to
place my left hand over her head so that she kind of stays a little calm and she
is not cooperating right now all right mama he’s okay okay and so now that
she’s laying down I’m going to take my right hand and I’m going to put it
underneath the front of her rear legs so that my hand is here but under
underneath or popping her abdomen the uterus in a rabbit there’s two sides of
it that run along pretty much right in here so they could have babies on this
side they have babies on this side but it’s tubular so I’m feeling some embryos which means
this little girl is pregnant another way to tell if your rabbit is pregnant is by
watching their behavior you breed your doe a week or two ago and she’s had a
major change in behavior this is a pretty good indicator that she might be
pregnant a pregnant Doe will also begin to dig in
the back of her cage so if you’re not comfortable with palpating some people
bring the doe back to the Bucks cage and they try to rebreathe her and if she
wants nothing to do with breeding or if he was nothing to do with breeding her
that’s also another indicator that she could be pregnant
a rabbit gestation period is 28 to 31 days so it’s all else fails you put a
nesting box in their cage on day 28 and if they start making a nest and hay
stashing which is when they pick up their hay in their mouth and they bring
it to their cage and they really start forming that nest that’s also another
indicator that they are in fact pregnant up to a week before they’re ready to
Kindle they will start to pull fur now I’ve never had a doe pull fur that early
my doe usually pull fur hours two minutes before they actually deliver
their kits so but pulling fur is a clear sign that labor is beginning now your
doe can do all of these things and still not be pregnant and this is called
a false pregnancy if that happens and you let your doe go 32 35 38 days by
day 40 if she hasn’t delivered that he’s not going to so at that point you can
re-breed your doe back to your buck and do a rebreathing so thank you for
joining us today I hope you learned a little more about
palpating palpating is definitely a tool that needs to be practiced so I would
suggest that you practice on an un-breed doe and this way you can kind of
get an idea of what a normal abdominal cavity will feel like
and then if you have a doe at day 10 to 14 go ahead and start feeling on a day
10 you’re really going to feel small balls embryos after 14 days leaves the doe
alone and let her continue with her pregnancy until nest box day if you have
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best to answer any questions if you have any suggestions for me as to how I can
explain palpating any better that would be great as well please make sure that
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