I try not to get too anxious about the timing of when the does who are bred start to nest. The exception to this rule is when they start a nest at 17-21 days, which is a sign of false pregnancy, although there have been exceptions. We passed that hurdle last weekend with no movement on their parts. So, I was prepared to fill their nest boxes with hay on this Monday up and coming, which will be 6 days before they are due.
Lo and behold, when I went out to the the barn this morning, Gretel greeted me with a mouthful of her hay ration from last night.
I am not heartless, and proceeded to fill her nest box early with fresh hay so she can start the pre-kindling activity that is so typical of does. The doe's energy needs an outlet, and frantic nest building is it for cage-bound rabbits.
I have constructed deep nesting drop boxes, 24" x 7" x 7", to allow for lots of hay digging, and also so the does can find the perfect spot to remake and rearrange hay to their heart's content.
Here is Gretel, nose deep in her nest. Making plans, I am sure!