5 Day old baby rabbits

Written by Dr. Dolittle on August 10, 2009 – 3:22 am -

5 day old rabbits

Just fed 5 day old rabbits

Momma rabbits normally feed their young only twice a day. The young sleep in a nest made of hay and momma’s fur. When she hops into the nesting box to nurse, the mad scramble is on. The baby bunnies, born naked and with their eyes closed, wiggle until they come in contact with momma. At that time they flip on to their back, wiggling until they find a spigot. Since it’s going to be a long time until they eat again, they eat until they can hold no more. Once the babies turn loose, momma hops out and babies go back to their nest to sleep it off. Sometimes that takes a while due to over full bellies.

Baby rabbits are weaned at 3-4 weeks old. As long as they are eating and drinking by themselves they have no need for momma, and can actually be an awful bother to her. Just imagine spending your day having anywhere from 5-10 kids bugging you for a drink all the time. Weaning is a kindness to momma.

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4 Comments to “5 Day old baby rabbits”

  1. jordan timbrook Says:

    i have baby bunnies and they are only 4 days old . But the momma tries to attack me when i have or am holding my blue knitted cap.

  2. Dr. Dolittle Says:

    She’s a good momma then. She just wants to protect her babies. Aren’t baby bunnies cute?

  3. Abigail Says:

    Hi, I have a rabbit that gave birth to 6. The mom won’t feed them so we had to handle it ourselves. 3 already died and we dont know why.

    I would like to ask how to handle it. the other rabbit grows lighter and lighter, is it okay?

  4. Dr. Dolittle Says:

    Baby rabbits don’t so well without their momma. They need special milk (milk replacer or something like it) but it is very hard to feed them. They eat while on their backs when momma feeds them. She will feed them just twice a day, and they have to be kept very warm. I wish I could give you better news, but maybe they will just suddenly start to do better.

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