In my limited experience thus far, I have found that my rabbits get along well together and show every sign of enjoying each other's company. So I would very much like to keep my buck in with the pregnant doe until her time approaches. But I have just read about some issue that this can cause called double pregnancy. Apparently, rabbits can get pregnant twise and carry both to term at the same time, and this can cause serious issues for both batches.

How likely I this to happen and cause serious issues? Is their some alternative to bucks living mostly solitary lives?


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I recommend you separate your buck and doe immediately.

A quick glance at Wikipedia teaches us that rabbits are induced ovulators That don't have regular cycles like many mammals do.

Rabbits are fertile with in hours after giving birth.

If males are not removed at or prior to birth of the young, postpartum breeding is possible. Does that become pregnant on a postpartum breeding will not be able to nurse their previous litter until normal weaning age, and this can lead to decreased survival rates in both litters of Kids Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets; Cheryl Lopate; John Wiley & Sons, May 22, 2012

If you leave the babies in with the parents, you could in theory have 1300 rabbits in one year, of course your initial mother will be be physically wasted from spending 12 months pregnant and nursing at the same time, if she survives 12 months.

Agressive breeders will breed as often as every 60 days, but a healthier recommendation is not more more than every 90 days. Once mature your rabbits can breed with only a few seconds of contact. The buck should only be placed with the doe when sufficient time has passed for the mother to recover, and you are attempting to breed her.

The other point to consider is the rabbit bond. Rabbits form very strong bonds, that are difficult to create and to break. When rabbits break their existing bond due to death or forced separation care must be take to keep the "rabbit from sinking into deep depression which can threaten his or her life as well, especially if they were very devoted".

Additionally once the rabbits are separated, putting them together for short times are problematic. It can take days to months to get rabbits to live together happily without fighting.

If you have left young rabbits together until they are old enough to result in pregnancy that you have probably allowed the mother to get pregnant before she is physically mature enough for a healthy pregnancy. If you have placed intact (not spayed or neutered) rabbits together who are mature enough have a healthy pregnancy and allowed them to bond you have set them up for forced depression when the bond is broken.

Double Pregnancy (Superfetation) has been reported in rabbits but is not well documented in domestic rabbits. Additionally partial re-absorption and delayed delivery have been reported on some blogs. I did not find strong scientific studies on Superfetation for domestic rabbits, the possibility can not be ruled out, providing yet another reason for buck and doe separation.


You can get the guy fixed and they can live together without the female getting pregnant I would look for signs that the female is close to pregnancy and take the male away once she shows these signs as for the double pregnancy it's pretty rare but if you want to be sure she doesn't have a double pregnancy seperate them until you get the male fixed

  • While the concept of separating boys and girls to prevent pregnancy is good it problematic with rabbits see Can bonded rabbits die of loneliness? also assuming both rabbits survive, reintroducing a bond may not be possible and it will further be complicated by the hormone change that occurs as one or both are fixed. Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 10:14
  • If you are prepared for separation (i.e. in case of illness or the time after getting one fixed) you have a wall between the rabbits, and they both live in one half of the enclosure/cage. In this way they will not be this lonely to die from, but not able to get in physical contact. You need to choose the smaller risk. Be separated for some time and suffer a little, or have babies and more babies you will not find a good home for and a doe who have risk of health issues Commented Feb 17 at 13:28

Rabbits can get pregnant up to 4 days before giving birth so be careful! I currently have 1 litter that was only 23 days old when my rabbit gave birth to her second litter.

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