Thursday, June 18, 2020

Little Nursery Update

The days seem to just fly by.  I thought it was high time for a bunny nursery update.  Last week, I posted that we discovered a mama bunny digging and filling a nest with grass and leaves in our zucchini patch.

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.

8 comments:

  1. I didn't know this. I love your bunny updates!

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    1. Ginny, makes me happy I am not a mama bunny!!

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  2. They are being very protective of their young. How sweet to have a bunny nursery in the garden! Watch that they dont eat everything!

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    1. Barbara, we have added little wire fencing or netting around almost all the plants except the zucchini right now. After the babies are born, we made add fencing then.

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  3. Thank you for sharing, Gina! We haven't had any bunnies in our yard this year. I miss them!

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    1. Robin, you can have some of mine! Still no sign of babies but we should see them in the next few days!

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  4. Wow I didn't know they had two wombs, hope that chipmunk stays away!

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    1. Connie, I didn't know either before this. I would really hate to be a bunny. One is plenty for me! xo

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