What Is: Gestation

Gestation in rabbits is the period of time between conception and the birth of their offspring, also known as the pregnancy period.

The gestation period for rabbits varies depending on the breed but typically ranges from 28 to 31 days.

Most rabbit breeds have an average gestation period of around 30 days.

Rabbit does (females) have the ability to carry multiple litters simultaneously, which is called superfetation.

But, this is a rare occurrence.

Rabbits are prolific breeders, and it’s important for rabbit owners to be aware of this fact and take the necessary steps to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

This includes keeping males and females separate if they are not spayed or neutered and monitoring their interactions if housed together.

Pregnant rabbits will usually begin to prepare a nest a few days before giving birth, using hay, fur, and other materials.

If you suspect your rabbit is pregnant, provide her with a nesting box and plenty of soft, clean bedding material to ensure a safe and comfortable birthing environment.

Regular veterinary check-ups can help ensure the health of both the doe and her kits throughout the pregnancy and after birth.

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