The Art Of Palpation

Practice, practice and more practice! Try feeling a pregnant doe and try feeling a non-pregnant doe. That was what I have been told to do and that was exactly what I have done.

Palpating is a very valuable skill for breeders. It helps us determine if our does are pregnant at least 10 days after mating. And since the gestation period could go a little beyond 28 days, it helps us to decide if rebreeding should be done without having to wait another 18 days more.

What can I say about my palpation experiences? I don’t have much to share since I am only beginning to learn this valuable skill. But I would like to share the most hilarious parts of the learning process.

Bearing in mind that fetuses after 10 days should feel like marbles or grapes, I put hands into practice.

There was once that I tried palpating my does and felt a PEARL NECKLACE in her! I was ecstatic! I thought I hit the jackpot. But when I palpated further, I realized that these little pearls are very close to each other. Trying to be optimistic, I just made a mental note and went to bed that night with a joyful heart. I tried again the next day and realized that my pearl necklace was gone!

As I looked into the doe’s litter tray, I realized that what I felt the day before was now in it. I was actually feeling her rectum where all the poops were. LOL!

So basically my first lesson was to differentiate between poops and kits.

I have also read about breeders mistaken the kidney for a kit. When I palpated my non pregnant does, I felt the kidney in one of them. It is very hard and rounded in shape just like how a fetus should feel like.

Wish that I could have more does to palpate in order to improve this valuable skill.



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5 responses to “The Art Of Palpation

  1. furfurries

    Pearl neclace? hahahhahahahhah >_<!

  2. Try it on a New Zealand! Its a whole lot easier! Forget the whole pearl necklace thing, they are like large grapes in there.

  3. lukehakim

    i love love love ur rabbits.but in current economic condition, its not quite affordable yet.LOL.
    thats why im askin my readers to buy me one,who knows one day ill get it. 😛

    • Dear Luke, I don’t have much up for sale either. I guess we’ll both wait for the right time yah. Thanks for dropping a comment. Affordability can be discussed, that’s if I have got any to offer.

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