Thursday, June 18, 2020
Little Nursery Update
As you can see in this photograph, the nest looks a little different than in the last photograph. When a mama bunny gives birth to her babies in the nest, she then covers them up with more grass, leaves, and flowers and pats it all down on top of them. My husband saw her doing this. I wish I'd seen it!
Mama and Papa bunny are in the garden each morning and evening. We've seen the mama jump into the zucchini patch. Mama bunnies generally take only five minutes (twice a day) to nurse their babies. (It used to take me an hour to nurse each of my babies...) She is quite efficient!
The papa bunny is there for encouragement and protection. Nature can be brutal. We have seen actual fights in the last few days between the mama bunny and a chipmunk. I don't know if the chipmunk was trying to steal one of her babies or what but it kept lunging at the mama bunny. The chipmunk actually lunged and bit the mama in the neck. We also saw a chipmunk running around and around the mama bunny. The chipmunk did finally run off. Yikes! Since the attack, we have seen the papa bunny around more often.
Baby bunnies usually leave the nest after 15 - 20 days. At that point, they can take care of themselves. Fun fact (unless you are the mama bunny) ~ the mama bunny has two wombs and can be pregnant with two different litters at the same time. She can give birth to one litter and then shortly afterwards give birth to the next one. Bunny gestation is about 31 days. That could possibly make for a very big bunny family.