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Baby rabbits and diet
You can hear the patter of tiny paws - a baby rabbit has come into your life. It’s an exciting time, but what do you feed a baby rabbit? What’s the best diet for a baby rabbit? How much should you feed your baby rabbit? Let's look at these and a host of other baby rabbit related questions to help you give them the best start in life.
A note: What are baby rabbits called?
It’s a lesser-known fact that baby rabbits are not officially called bunnies. They are called kittens. Bit confusing, we know. The female rabbit known as the doe gives birth (kindling), and the baby rabbits are called kittens or kits.
Baby rabbit’s diet from birth to adulthood
When a baby rabbit is born, it will first feed on its mother milk. This is why you should not get your rabbit from its Mother before a minimum of 8-weeks has passed. This time is crucial and helps start your baby on a healthy path.
From around 2-3 weeks old, baby bunnies start to nibble at the hay around the nest and in 3-4 weeks, baby rabbits start eating the same food as their Mum, whilst still taking her milk.
Weaning occurs at around 6-8 weeks old as their digestive system adapts from liquids to solids.
As with all young animals, baby bunnies will be very sensitive to change. Their stomachs like consistency, so it’s a good idea to keep them on the same food they have been used to and make any changes gradually.
Once your rabbit is an adult, it will eat mainly hay (like our Timothy Hay or Meadow Hay) with additional good treats like green leaves and vegetables for variety and extra goodness.
Baby rabbits and moving homes
We all know how moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. Your baby rabbit will feel the same. It is a good idea to know in advance exactly what food your baby rabbit has been eating so you can get a supply ready for them in their new home. This will help ease the transition and make your bunny feel more at home. You can slowly change their food if it is not of the best quality, but best to do this slowly rather than changing the food they are accustomed to overnight.
If you do not know what your baby bunny has been eating, then the safest bet is to offer a quality hay like our Timothy Hay and water as they settle in.
Wild and abandoned baby rabbits
It is not always easy to know if a nest of baby rabbits has been abandoned. The mother will stay away from the nest during the day to avoid alerting predators to its position, only returning under the cover of darkness.
Wild rabbits can survive on their own after 3-weeks, so even though they look small, they may be completely healthy and not orphaned. It is best to leave them alone.
If you hang around a nest and move things around, you are more likely to make the Mother abandon the nest, as she feels it is no longer safe. It's always best to keep your distance.
Convinced the rabbit's nest is abandoned? Then you can do a simple test. Leave a piece of natural string or fibre over the nest, so that if the Mother returns in the night (which she definitely would) she will disturb it. When you check again in the morning, if it is where you left it, then chances are the nest has been abandoned. The best thing you can do is phone a specialist rescue centre.
Young rabbits’ diet
A young rabbit will need lots of good food to help it grow strong and healthy. In the wild, they will eat a variety of grasses and succulents. With you at home, most young rabbits are fed with a mix of hay and pellets.
Alfalfa Hay is ideal for a growing bunny as it is rich in protein and calcium and tastes great. They will eat this happily and voraciously. As they get older, too much protein and calcium in the Alfalfa Hay will cause problems with their bladder and make them overweight.
A good approach as they get older is to combine Alfalfa Hay with another hay source like Timothy Hay, Rye Grass Hay or Meadow Hay and then gradually reduce the amount of Alfalfa Hay in the diet until you stop it completely.
Baby rabbit food list
A baby rabbit (up to 6-8 months old) can eat a variety of food.
Alfalfa hay should be available to your growing bunny every day. Give a chunk of hay roughly the same size as your bunny. You can also give your bunny an egg cup full of pellets once a day whilst they are growing. These are usually alfalfa-based pellets (not containing extra seeds or anything else). Again, these alfalfa pellets should be slowly weaned from your rabbit once they are around 6-months old and no longer need the extra calcium and protein.
As Alfalfa hay and pellets are quite tasty, moving them to Timothy Hay or Rye Grass Hay can take a bit of perseverance, but it is the best thing for your bunny and should take a few months, there's no need to rush it.
The other food source to slowly introduce is green leaves. A small amount at first (one or two leaves) and only slowly building up or adding new green leaves as you progress.
Green leaves to try: Basil, broccoli leaves, butter lettuce, cabbage, dandelion greens, dill, kale, mint, oregano, parsley, spinach, watercress, rosemary, carrot tops and others. With such a range, you can find out your rabbit's favoured green leaf with a bit of experimentation and keep them interested with variety.
Hay for baby rabbits
Baby rabbits will start to nibble on hay after a few weeks and then should be moved to a diet full of hay after they are weaned from their mother’s milk. The type of hay they eat is important.
Alfalfa hay is ideal hay for baby bunnies as it is richer in calcium (which helps their bones grow strong) and protein which gives them the energy they need to grow up healthily. Alfalfa hay also tastes good to a baby bunny. This is also its downfall. As your bunny gets bigger and enters adulthood, everything that makes alfalfa hay good for them as a baby is bad for them as an adult. Too much calcium will cause bladder issues and too much protein will make them overweight. This creates additional health issues for rabbits.
Timothy hay and Meadow hay or another adult type of hay have less calcium and protein, so is much healthier for your bunny. Learn all about all the different hay types for your bunny. The trick is to move your young rabbit over to Timothy Hay without them missing Alfalfa hay too much. To do this takes time but is essential. Start the process slowly by adding more Timothy Hay and taking out some Alfalfa, over a few months complete the process until there is no alfalfa hay being given to your bunny at all.
Dry pellets for your baby rabbit
Should I feed unlimited pellets?
In short, no. A baby rabbit will love eating pellets and giving them an unending supply will create problems with their diet. A quality hay diet like the Timothy Hay created by The Little Hay Co. mixed with alfalfa hay whilst they are young is the best for your rabbit, with pellets added for extra nutrients. A baby rabbit will usually only have an egg cup full of pellets when young, with this only increasing a little as they get bigger. Moving a rabbit onto hay as soon as possible is more natural and will help with their teeth health. Hay naturally wears down their teeth to a manageable and healthy size.
Changing dry food/pellets
You should swap out your pellets daily, so they always have a fresh supply. You will probably find most young bunnies eat all the pellets they are offered anyway, but if any are leftover, swap them out with new fresh ones.
Fresh fruits and vegetables for baby rabbits
When can a baby rabbit have fresh foods?
Around 3-months is a good time to introduce fresh foods to your rabbit. Ideally, you should introduce fresh food to a rabbit one at a time. This will allow you the chance to see which ones they like most and if any affect their digestive system in negative ways.
Which fresh fruits and vegetables are suitable for a baby rabbit?
Leafy greens are an excellent fresh food to give a baby rabbit. Carrot tops, dandelion leaves, kale, spinach, spring greens, herbs like parsley or basil, watercress, broccoli greens and cilantro can be offered to baby rabbits in moderation.
Can baby rabbits eat grapes, apples, bananas?
Giving a baby rabbit fruit is a little trickier. Fresh fruit often contains too much sugar for a baby rabbit, so should only be offered as a treat once a week. These treats for rabbits include apple (without seeds), banana, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries (no seeds), melon, grapes, orange and nectarine.
At what age can rabbits eat grass?
Baby rabbits can usually eat grass after about 8-weeks. They’ll probably pick at grass or hay whilst still feeding on their Mother's milk and will transition across to hay completely at around 8-weeks. Fresh grass is not always practical for a bunny owner, hay (which is dried grass) is usually the main diet of all rabbits.
Should I give meat to a baby rabbit?
No. Rabbits are herbivores and do not ever eat meat.
Can baby rabbits drink water?
Baby rabbits are getting milk from their mother, but at around 3-4 weeks old, they will start to drink small amounts of water too. As they grow and their diet changes, so will their water intake. Hay is dry, so a rabbit eating hay will want more water than a rabbit eating fresh leafy greens. But all animals need fresh water to survive, so it should be a plentiful resource to your bunny.
How often should I feed a baby bunny?
As you should have picked up your bunny after it has weaned from its mother and not before 8-weeks old, your bunny will already be eating hay and pellets and fresh greens. A ball about the same size as your bunny is the right amount of hay each day. The fresh food should be limited and slowly added over time.
If your baby rabbit is refusing to eat?
A rabbit’s digestive system needs to work constantly to avoid health problems, so any interruption in eating habits needs addressing quickly. If your rabbit is eating a small amount, they may be bored, so you can try to tempt them with leafy greens and remove the pellets. If they are still not interested in any food, you should get them checked by your nearest specialist.
Transitioning into adult rabbits
Rabbits grow fast to help them survive in the wild. The period a rabbit is a baby is short. After 3-weeks a wild rabbit will leave the nest, fend for itself and return at night. A baby rabbit should stay with its mother for 8-weeks to get all the protection her milk offers at this critical life stage.
The transition into adulthood is quick, after 6-8 months they will be eating a quality Timothy Hay, begging for treats and still starring in your latest Instagram posts.
Diet for Young/Baby Rabbits
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What you feed you rabbit has a big impact on their health and well-being. Feeding the correct diet to a young rabbit will support their growth and help them form good eating habits, which in turn will help avoid many diet related issues in adulthood.
Although young rabbits eat the same types of foods as adults, we need to take into account the different nutritional needs of their growing bodies and the extra sensitivity of their developing digestive system.
Baby rabbits' diet
Like all mammals rabbit's initial diet is their mother's milk, which they'll continue to drink until 6-8 weeks old. They first start nibbling on solids (usually hay from around the nest) between 2-3 weeks and by 3-4 they'll be eating the same foods as their mum (plus milk).
As rabbits are weaning between 6-8 weeks their digestive system is adjusting from milk to adult solids, which is a particularly sensitive time and why rabbits should stay with their mother for a minimum of 8 weeks. If your rabbit is younger than 8 weeks: one, never get a rabbit from that source again they shouldn't be selling them, and two, you'll need to be particularly careful about your bunny's diet and try to avoid any changes.
One of the key points in feeding any young rabbit is consistency. Baby's digestive systems are much more sensitive to changes in food and they are more susceptible to digestive related problems and can go downhill more quickly if they do get sick. Moving home is already a stressful time for a young rabbit so it is best to avoid changes to food at the same time.
When you get a rabbit you should ask exactly what food your baby has been eating and make sure you get a supply of the same brand food to start you off. In most cases it will do less harm to continue temporarily with a bad diet e.g. low quality pellets or mix, rather than make a sudden change to a 'good' diet.
If you don't know what your rabbit was fed prior to you getting it or you can't get hold of a supply then the safest option is to start with just hay and water. You can then introduce the other components to their diet gradually.
Ideal diet for young rabbits
The diet of young rabbits and adults is very similar. Hay is the most important component and this is supplemented with dry food (pellets) and fresh foods. There are a few extra considerations for young rabbits though.
Like adults, hay should play an important role in young rabbit's diet. Grass hay (e.g. meadow or timothy) is the one food you should introduce from the start, even if your rabbit isn't already eating it. This is the gentlest food on the gut and will provide the fibre needed for the digestive process to function.
Young rabbits can also have alfalfa, which looks a bit like chopped up hay but is made from lucerne rather than grass. It is higher in calcium and protein than grass hay, which is ideal for growing rabbits but too rich for adults.
If you are feeding alfalfa it's a good idea to feed it mixed with grass hay. This stops your rabbits getting so hooked on alfalfa that it's difficult to make the transition to grass hay when they reach adulthood. You should phase out alfalfa at around 4-5 months old.
Learn more about types of hay here
Baby rabbits have higher protein requirements to support their growth, so whilst an adult requires dry food around 12-14% protein, for a baby rabbit around 16% protein is ideal. Many manufactures offer junior versions of their foods specifically formulated with this in mind.
The most popular brands in the UK are Supreme and Burgess. Allen & Page is only available in large bags, aimed at breeders rather than people feeding one or two bunnies. Oxbow is also a good brand and very popular in the US, it's more expensive in the UK as it's imported.
|Supreme Science Selective Junior Rabbit
|Alfalfa, wheat, soybean hulls...
|£3.13 for 1.5kg (£2.09 / kg)
|Burgess Excel - Junior and Dwarf
|Grass, Oat Bran, Wheat...
|£8.50 for 2kg (£4.25 per kg)
|Allen & Page Breeder Grower
|Grass meal wheatfeed, oat feed, nutritionally improved straw...
|£16 for 20kg (80p/kg)
|Oxbow Essentials/Bunny Basics - Young Rabbit Food
|Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Wheat Middlings. ..
|£11.55 for 2.25kg (£5.13 per kg)
It's also possible to meet young rabbit's protein needs simply by feeding a larger portion of adult pellets, but it's important to ensure they don't eat fill up on pellets and avoid hay.
Should I feed unlimited pellets?
It's suggested in some books that young rabbits be given unlimited access to pellets but doing this can create issues later on.
As with people, good habits are often formed when young, and it is very important for your rabbit's future health that they get into the habit of eating lots of hay. It's much more difficult to introduce hay to an adult that has not grown up eating it. Pellets are extremely tasty and rabbits often prefer them to hay, so having unlimited pellets available can mean young rabbits eat little or no hay, a habit that can cause dental problems and make them more prone to digestive issues.
Pellets were designed for commercial breeders to make rabbits grow quickly, but in this situation little attention was given to the long term health or lifespan. Remember, wild rabbits grow up just fine on a diet exclusively plant material. Unlimited pellets are not necessary to rabbit's development.
For these reasons, it's a good idea to restrict pellets to a certain extent even in young rabbits, although they can have more than an adult.
How much dry food?
It's difficult to give an exact quantity because it will depend on the nutritional content of the pellets (high or low protein), your individual rabbit's growth, what other foods they are eating (e.g. alfalfa) and their activity levels. I also know though, it's difficult to estimate, particularly if you're a first time owner so as a rough guide 25g per 1kg of expected adult weight for high protein pellets and a little more if you are feeding adult pellets. You can split the feed into two so they are spread out over the day/night.
With this as a basis you can observe your rabbit and adjust if necessary. If your rabbit is active and healthy looking, and eating lots of hay you have it about right. If they are not eating much hay or produce soft droppings then reduce the quantity.
Changing dry food
Changes to dry food brands or varieties need to be done gradually over 7-10 days, by gradually reducing the amount of old food and increasing the new. If you have enough of the old food, it's a good idea to allow your rabbit to settle in before making a change, even if the old food isn't great quality.
If you don't have any of the old food, then just gradually introduce the new food over the same period, gradually building up the quantity over 7-10 days. Your rabbit will top up on hay in the interim.
When can a baby rabbit have fresh foods?
If you read some old books you might find it suggested that rabbits are not given any fresh foods until they are 6 months old. This is an over simplified approach that came about because people would buy young rabbits, often at an age when they should still be with their mum, take them home and feed them things like carrot or lettuce, and then find that they become ill with digestive problems. Telling people not to give any fresh foods was easy to remember and helped bypass these issues.
However, providing you follow a few simple rules, it's fine to introduce fresh foods to young rabbits.
If a rabbit's mother was fed fresh foods whilst she was raising the litter, your baby will have been nibbling those too and it's fine to continue providing these same foods. The key is to ask what your rabbit is used to and continue that - consistency.
If your rabbit has not access to fresh foods before, then allow them to settle in before introducing new foods so you aren't making lots of changes at an already stressful time. Twelve weeks or two weeks after you've got your bunny, whichever is later, is a good guide. If your rabbit has had any digestive issues then hold off a little longer.
Introducing fresh foods
New fresh foods need to be introduced slowly so your rabbit's gut bacteria can adapt to processing the new food. It's a good idea to introduce one type of food at a time, then if your rabbit is sensitive to one type it's easy to identify and avoid in future.
If you find your rabbit's droppings change from their normal solid round pellets, this is a sign that you may be going too fast or that particular food doesn't agree with them. Stopping the fresh foods for a few days should return them to normal.
What fresh foods for a baby rabbit?
Leafy greens, except lettuce, are best for rabbits for example dandelion leaves, carrot tops, kale, spinach, spring greens, raspberry/blackberry leaves and herbs such as parsley and basil. For young rabbits first introduction to greens it's best to avoid fruits, though these can be introduced as treats later.
Start with small pieces e.g. 2" square as a test as build up the amount and variety gradually.
Keep an eye on your rabbit's droppings, changes in these are generally the first sign that you've gone a little fast with introducing new foods. The most common problem is excess cecotropes - the type of dropping that rabbits usually eat. They are soft and can end up stick the fur or squidged on the floor. They are usually resolved by cutting out fresh foods and reducing dry food for a couple of days so your rabbit eats plenty of hay.
If your rabbit stops producing droppings, refuses food or has watery droppings seek immediate veterinary advice. Young rabbits are very fragile and can become very sick in a matter of hours.
Transitioning to an Adult Diet
Rabbit's grow most rapidly in the first three months of life. At four months you should begin reducing pellets, and if you are feeding a higher protein pellets changing over to adult pellets. If you've fed alfalfa, it's also time to start decreasing this in favour of grass hay. Your rabbit should be on an adult ration by 6-7 months old. Giant breed rabbits mature more slowly and do more growing than small ones so you may want to delay by a month for breeds like Giants and French Lops. Rabbit's will continue to growing at a much slower rate for a few more months, filling out rather than getting larger.
weekly, monthly and after jigging
Little rabbits, like all babies in the animal kingdom, need a balanced diet. In the first days and weeks, their life is completely dependent on mother's milk. And then the whole responsibility falls on the shoulders of a person. There are several options for feeding little rabbits and how to organize their diet at different ages.
At home, the most difficult thing is the proper nutrition of young animals after birth. All the most important elements for life at first come to animals with colostrum and rabbit milk. But even if the mother does not feed the kids, you can create the most complete diet for them. Young animals after the first weeks of life, for example, at the age of 14-20 days, it is already easier to keep, but there are some nuances. So, let's find out how to feed rabbits in different periods of their lives. nine0004
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Birth to one week old
From the very birth, the main food of rabbits is mother's milk. If the female behaves normally, she is healthy and feeds the babies well, there is no cause for concern. During this period, the task of a person is to monitor the relationship between mother and newborn children as much as possible. Otherwise, there will be little milk and artificial feeding will be needed. nine0004
If a mother for various reasons does not feed her cubs, then improvised means will already be used. Small rabbits that are less than seven days old can be given milk or formula milk. Milk is taken from goat or cow, at the rate of 1 ml for each feeding. In total, babies eat five times a day with an 8-hour night break. The number of daily feedings is at least 3, plus one in the late evening and one in the early morning.
At the age of one week, apart from milk, nothing else is included in the diet of rabbits. nine0004
At the end of the first week, babies are already covered in down, becoming heavier, ideally they should double their birth weight. Young animals eat the same amount as at birth, however, after 7 days, you can slightly increase the amount of food for feeding. An important clarification: cow's milk is mixed 1:1 with condensed milk and so given, and goat's milk is given in its pure form. The milk mixture at home is diluted twice as concentrated as indicated on the jar.
Complementary foods for 2 week old babies
Small rabbits that are already 14 days old are fed more intensively. At this time, you need to look to see if they have enough mother's milk. If not, the babies squeak and constantly reach for the nipples of the rabbit, it is worth turning on the feeding. Like week-old babies, they are fed only milk, they do not offer other food. You also need to feed babies if they are stunted and not gaining weight.
If during this period, the female no longer feeds, then we switch to artificial feeding. The number of feedings is reduced to 3 per day. Young animals after two weeks from about 20 days will already be able to drink from a saucer, so you will not need a nipple or syringe. Strong young animals already weigh 500 grams by this age, and by 20 days already almost 600 (consider the breed). A milk ration will be necessary for rabbits at least until they are one month old. nine0004
From birth to three weeks, rabbits are fed only with mother's milk or are fed artificially with milk mixtures. From 17-20 days you can offer them fresh hay in small quantities, as well as a little finely grated fresh carrots.
If the children are kept together with the rabbit and feed on her milk, the transition to adult food will be smoother and more natural. The rabbits will instinctively eat what is good for them if the female leads by example.
nine0028 How to feed monthly rabbits
Young rabbits after the age of 20 days and up to a month can already chew their own food. This is due to the fact that after a 20-day milestone, the teeth of the rodents will partially change, part of the milk ones will be replaced by permanent ones. For monthly pets, milk is no longer so necessary, in the diet it takes about 25%. Strengthened rabbits begin to give more hay, green mash, bran, dried wild plants. After a month, many breeders generally transfer their rabbits to an adult diet. nine0004
Ever since the gradual decrease in the milk content and the increase in the proportion of solid and succulent feed, babies also need clean water. The more rabbits drink, the less kidney problems they will have. Young animals must be forced to drink (from a syringe), if they do not drink themselves. Until the age of 30-45 days, it is better to compensate for the liquid not with water, but with milk, especially in winter.
After weaning from mother
After jigging rabbits from their mother (and this happens at different times, but not earlier than 20-24 days), you need to carefully monitor their digestion. Having ceased to receive part of the enzymes from the mother with milk, grown-up babies learn to digest coarser food. From the age of 20 days, the rabbits fed by their mother try a little adult food. Therefore, after jigging, the process of adaptation to coarser, juicier or green food goes naturally. nine0004
During this period, animals are boldly given vegetables and cereals. Good soft hay is also introduced, a small amount of grass pellets (about 3% of the rabbit's weight per day). You can give young animals cooled grain brewed with boiling water, greens of wild plants, a little bran. When more than 20 days have passed since jigging, the rabbits can be completely transferred to an adult diet. In the morning they give dry food, more moist food - in the middle of the day.
So, your rabbits are no longer a week, not 20 days, or even a month, but two whole - how to feed two-month-old individuals? Here the matter is small - just arrange for them the right diet with plenty of fiber. Let's have some purchased compound feed, again, hay, herbal mixtures with nettle, dandelion, fireweed and other herbs, bran. nine0004
What about your favorite treat - vegetables? Some breeders of rabbits say that juicy food should be given only after 2 months. However, if your pets live with their mother in a cage, they will inevitably try such food sooner. Do not worry, it is important to control their nutrition after transplanting, then everything will be fine.
Video "Rabbits eat salad with a rabbit"
In this video, we can watch how already grown cubs, together with their mother, appetizingly crunch salad, which belongs just to juicy food. In small quantities, such a product will not harm, but will be useful. nine0004
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Newborn rabbits open up a wonderful world for humans. Furry animals encourage their owner to smile when he watches them. Increasingly, people are buying decorative rabbits to enjoy being with them. There is a wide variety of species of these animals. There are large individuals that are grown to be eaten later or for the sake of the skin. A rabbit gives birth to up to 12 babies at a time. nine0004
How rabbits spend their first days
Newborn rabbits in the first days of their lives cannot do without maternal care. They are born blind, deaf and hairless. It is for this reason that before giving birth, the uterus instinctively plucks out the fluff on its abdomen and chest in order to insulate the nest.
Despite helplessness, newborns already have 16 teeth.
The behavior of the female rabbit should be carefully observed after giving birth, as she may become aggressive. If everything is fine, you need to give mommy and cubs a few days of complete rest. You just need to make sure that there is always clean water in the drinker. nine0004
Since in the first days of life the baby rabbit exists only at the expense of mother's milk, care must be taken that the female's nutrition is balanced, then the lactation period will be successful. You need to add foods with vitamins and minerals to the rabbit's diet.
Important! If the female does not want to eat after giving birth, you need to contact the veterinarian.
When the female rabbit is well, she takes good care of the newborn rabbits, feeding them with milk. If there is little or no milk, you need to introduce carrots, beets, turnips into the diet of the female. Among other things, as prescribed by the veterinarian, oxytocin is given if the rabbit has no contraindications to it. A female can only feed eight babies at a time. If the offspring is larger in number, then the cubs need to be distributed to other nests. nine0004
The process of caring for baby rabbits is complex. In the first days of life, they are guided only by the smell of their mother. Despite this, the female often leaves the nest. This is the best time to slip someone else's rabbit. In the case of quick and imperceptible actions, the mother will not even notice that there are more children.
Important! It is natural for rabbits to visit their nest twice a day, usually at night.
It can be determined that queen cells have enough mother care by the fact that they do not squeak, are well-fed and grow. Why do rabbits leave the nest after giving birth to offspring? Since an adult has a strong smell, and babies do not smell at all, in order to protect themselves from predators, females try to be less likely to be with babies. Such is the instinct. nine0004
How to behave after the birth of baby rabbits
How many times a day does a female rabbit feed newborn baby rabbits
How does a mother take care of her baby rabbits? After okrol, she licks all the babies. The owner must check that the placenta has come out, remove it and look at the newborns. This is to make sure how many rabbits are alive and who are dead. The strongest should be put to the mother. The weak who will not survive, as well as the dead, to be removed.
Since the time of the year when the rabbit gives birth is winter, you need to take care of the warmth in the nest. To do this, put the kids under an infrared lamp. If it is not there, then a bottle of warm water, but not hot, is placed under the bedding. nine0004
You should also do the following:
- observe the development of babies once a day;
- move the cage with newborns to a quiet place, because if the rabbit is frightened, she can crush the cubs;
- often do not look into the nest because it irritates the animal;
- in case the rabbit is aggressive, try to disturb her less often;
- to separate the individual from the males so that she does not become pregnant. nine0025
- viruses, for example, hemorrhagic disease; nine0012
- diseases of the eye;
- scabies fleas.
Important! Before lambing, you need to cut the nails of the mother in labor, otherwise she will injure the babies with them.
How baby rabbits develop day by day
Rabbits grow fast. In less than a week, the rabbits are covered with wool, along with this, body weight also grows. After how many days do rabbits begin to open their eyes? On the tenth. After they are able to see, they begin to crawl, sniffing everything. This continues for 3 weeks. The care of the babies lies entirely with the mother, a person does not need to do anything, just make sure that the temperature in the room is high enough in the cold month of the year. nine0004
Why does a rabbit eat her babies
When rabbits begin to open their eyes, care must be taken to keep the cage closed, otherwise these helpless creatures may inadvertently crawl out of their pen, where they will be lost in a large apartment, house or barn ( depending on where the cage is, where they live).
Please note! Despite the fact that eared ones start to crawl out of their house on the 10th day of life, when their eyes open, they can look like adults only on the 25th day. nine0004
Some rabbits may die in the first days of life. When their eyes have not yet opened, it is impossible to determine whether the animal is sick or not. Some may freeze. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on them, especially what kind of stool the babies have, and if it is liquid, it is better to contact the veterinarian.
On the 25th day from birth, fluffies completely change their teeth from milk to molars. At this age, the rabbit becomes independent, and it can already be separated from its mother. In one cage, you can keep 2 or 3 individuals. And it is imperative that one of the rabbits be a male. nine0004
Please note! The rabbit burrows a month after fertilization, and after another 4 weeks her babies are already adults who can live on their own. Here's a quick process.
Fluffy diseases and care
The rabbit does not feed the rabbits - what to do
After birth, all small rabbits are at risk of various illnesses. Among the common diseases of rabbits, the following are distinguished:
This is just a list of what young animals face. You can tell if an animal is sick by looking at its eyes. The lens and eyeball change their color and appearance. Also, if the ears are screaming, then they are sick. Inactivity also indicates a health problem.
Habitat is important for rabbits. What you need to start with is the bedding. Ordinary for newborns is not suitable. The best way to this day is a clean and not very stiff cloth, maybe a towel, to prevent dust from getting into the mucous membrane of the babies' eyes. nineBaby rabbits more often this happens in the third or fourth week after birth. This is one of the most important stages when you need to carefully monitor the successful change of location of the rabbits, who should already look like they are quite mature and independent, because they will face many new difficulties. nine0004
When do rabbits start feeding on their own
The biggest change is the switch from mother's milk to adult food, when the rabbits begin to eat complete and normal food on their own. You need to start feeding in small portions. This will allow the animal to get used to the new diet, prepare its body for the perception of solid food.
Changes in the diet should be extremely gradual. Never give large portions at once. It is better to try a little, offering different options, so that you can see if the eared ones are ready to switch to solid food. After successful attempts, you can try to give large portions, which is already guaranteed not to bring any harm to the rabbits. But do not forget about clean water in a bowl so that the rabbits have something to drink. nine0004
Additional information! If you need to determine if the fluffy ones are eating and growing normally, this is easy to do by assessing the weight of the rabbit: too much indicates obesity, too little indicates a lack of food or its poor quality.
Mineral supplements are also important for the eared organism. With their lack, in the worst case, the young will develop stomach problems, which in most cases will lead to death.
Adolescents are weaned from their mothers at the fifth or sixth week of life. If the animal is ready to eat adult food, does without milk, does not get sick, then it's time to start weaning the rabbits from the uterus. And this is done gradually. nine0004
When you can pick up rabbits
This can be done immediately after the birth of the offspring. Why is there such confidence? You should not be afraid that the rabbit will not want to feed them later or will eat them. Cannibalism is a kind of myth that is misinterpreted. The female can accidentally kill the rabbit due to her inexperience only when she tries to gnaw the umbilical cord on her own. Therefore, rabbits can be touched immediately after birth and then during their growing up.
Bunny in hand
Why do baby rabbits leave the nest prematurely
In the practice of rabbit breeding, there are cases when baby rabbits left their nests and cages earlier than it should have happened. There are several reasons for this phenomenon, but the most popular is not enough milk. This happens when the female's diet is not effective enough to produce the right amount. Then you need to try to transfer a few rabbits to another rabbit so that the first one has a little balance.
Another reason is not enough space or too stuffy environment in the mother liquor. This only happens in the summer, when the temperature drives even people crazy. The rabbits are quite crowded, so they are looking for a way to a more open space. The solution to this problem may be to replace the bedding or reduce its amount in order to affect the temperature inside the cage itself. Another option is to replace the cage with a more ventilated one, but this is only suitable for the summer season. nine0004
Important! The place must be chosen carefully, as the presence of drafts will negatively affect young animals.
Artificial feeding of abandoned offspring
If the female rabbit has abandoned her children, then they will have to be artificially fed if there is no other lactating female. To do this, you need to take a syringe without a needle as a substitute for a natural nipple and goat milk or a mixture for rabbits (a mixture for cats is also suitable) as a milk substitute. At first, babies may ignore the fake nipple, but over time they get used to it, because it depends on whether they live or not. nine0004
You need to drip a little into the oral cavity, and for safety reasons you can even lubricate a little. Every week the doses taken should be increased.
At first, the rabbit also needs help emptying the stomach and bladder. To do this, you should run a cloth over the lower part of the body, not pressing hard on the stomach. You need to do this until the rabbit completely goes to the toilet.
Important! A rabbit can swear if his diet is not balanced. nine0004
Keeping babies in an open cage in winter is undesirable. This is permissible only in the summer in the heat. The reason is that they can freeze during the cold season.