I would have expected them to grow at a more steady rate. From what I’d read, much like bears hibernating, rabbits seem to have the ability to go into a form of suspended animation when their body temps dropped too low. Developing a therapist’s mindset and skills encompasses many other things as well including: Working with the veterinarian and therapist to develop methods to treat or compensate for the problems. Cute, aren't they? Be extremely careful, as when handling any wild animal. Hi Kathryn I had two litters of rabbits born late last week. I wean kits around six weeks of age. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Its heartbreaking to find cold kits on the wire. Do not feed the bun cow's milk! For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet. My rabbit had an unexpected litter last night and this morning we went out to give her water and we found 3 kits 8n the fur she had pulled and 1 kit on the other side of her pen and they were all very cold so we brought them inside and used a hair dryer to thaw them out and we have been waiting all day but they seem lifeless and are not moving but we do not know wether to bury them or not what should we do with the kits. I was doing this for quite some time because we had rats (UUUUUGH!) don’t feel like a failure, there might be another time that you will know how to try to save them, and if it works for you your a savior! Thank you for this post. Ask for professional assistance as necessary to avoid harming your rabbit. Luckily my daughter checked on it… silly boo. ", KMR and after two days, his eyes opened. Glad you found them. this is her first litter, but we were not expecting this, and she gave birth to them with the male still in with her. At this point there really isn't much that you can do other than wait and see, and make changes to the nest box to ensure the kits don't bounce out accidentally. It sounds like taking it to the vet will not help at this point. Thanks for sharing. I have them outside now with a bunny hutch for safety in a pen with a cover on top to keep them safe. He wore it full-time, and it helped keep him from falling over. ", we found. Handle the babies as little as possible. They can become distressed from excessive handling and die. This allows me to do things like I just did, and foster kits with another mother. The brace allows him to sit and scoot around. I am so sad and the mom is not even caring for them. If you have another doe with a litter you can try moving that one to the other mama. If you look closely can you see them breathing? ", in until morning. How do I know if our doe has finished birthing? Sometimes one or two just don’t make it. To care for a wild baby rabbit, line a wooden or plastic box with pesticide-free soil and dried hay, then scoop out a circular nest in the hay and nestle the bunny into it. Bunny, Connie Conine’s special rabbit. It’s best to always give them plenty of space, if they feel threatened in any way they will be more likely to abandon their kits (babies). She only feeds her babies once or twice during a 24-hour period, usually between dusk and dawn. I am still kinda of Clueless on this I just know the basics could I get some help? They were born on the wire (she’s a first time mom so I guess she was pretty confused about where to have them..) and they both looked pretty dead. Sorry you lost so many already. "I'm so grateful for the straightforward info here! The fabric used for all his adaptive devices was ripstop nylon (easy to clean and resistant to bunny teeth) or cotton knit from old soft tee shirts (also easy to clean and somewhat resistant to ingesting). It’s not unusual for first time does to have difficulties, get everything wrong, and possibly loose entire litters. As an at home mom I’ve raised goats, rats, chickens, guineas, puppies and…well kids. My question is, you inevitably will lose kits over time, how do you dispose of them? This fear of a doe kindling on a wire is one very important reason to check frequently on rabbits that are pregnant and due to give birth. As I pulled pitiful little kits from the nest, I recalled something I’d read about saving cold kits from exposure. Yes, its horrible to be threatened with a CHANCE of frost. So I am leaving her be for a while. Ms. Conine comments: Disabled Sugar is being gently held in the meatloaf position by her therapist. Yes, the first batch of kits nursing up to the point when the second litter was born. You can carry the rabbits in to the mother and wait for her to feed them and leave the nest. There is one wiggling alive kit in the box. If you need to care for truly orphaned baby rabbits while you get them to a vet or wildlife rehabilitator, read this article for help. It’s also an opportunity to meet a challenge – to think creatively outside normal parameters. I can’t bury them in my yard, I’m in an urban rental house. Some ways to spur a rabbit’s interest are rearranging the furniture (most rabbits love to explore new environments), offering new toys, and playing with him or her. For the future, you can save a little bag of fur that your does pull either for false pregnancy or if they pull too much for a litter and use it for when they don’t pull enough. Unfortunately there is no way to force your rabbit to feed them, but your rabbit will know what to do. I had no Idea how to feed him, so I came on here. I feel the tension and excitement as the does busily build their nests. Achieving that quiet state can be a challenge though, especially at the beginning. You may have to show them how it works first, however. Once you have the knowledge, you can sit next to your bunny on the couch or floor and help him get into or hold the position, taking care not to pull or force any joints. The perfect spot for this is in your bra (if you’re a gal and wear a bra). Give the little bodies several hours to see if they recover. In order for you to see this page as it is meant to appear, we ask that you please re-enable your Javascript! I’m so sorry, baby rabbits are so fragile, and there’s not much you can do for a singleton rabbit, especially if it is experience heart rate problems. We have been feeding him, "Feeding wild bunnies and was very helpful. It’s very helpful to track progress by keeping an evaluation form, journal, or calendar notes. Writing Contributions, Link Sharing, Advertising, or Product reviews. As the home-therapy program develops, it’s important to include steps to avoid caregiver burnout. Though this may seem too short a time to be effective, she reminds caregivers that a new position (normal though it may be) can be uncomfortable – even painful – for the rabbit. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. So far one hasn’t made it. Learn what a normal bunny’s body feels like and how it moves – then you will have a basis for recognizing what problems your rabbit has. Her left front leg was also very weak and uncoordinated, and that shows in this photo – you can see how she is unable to use that foreleg as she attempts to stand and get a tiny piece of carrot. If your bunny gives any indication of stress or discomfort, consult with your veterinarian or therapist. I am always a little nervous when kindling time draws near. The mixture should be thick as mother rabbit's milk is thicker than most other small mammals. However, a hot water bottle, or any water bottle with warm water in it is a good way to try to warm them up. Find what works for you. Temperatures above 80 can be dangerous for all rabbits. I came home to find my bunny like this its a new born only two days, and it seemed dead, it was stiff and cold so we thought it passed away then dad burried it in the garden and I just read your post. If you put them in a box with a closed lid, make sure to poke holes in it. Just wondered what you think went wrong. but no far to cover it, this was its first pregnancy. I had two litters of rabbits born late last week. If they don’t start to reanimate and move after being warmed up you should go ahead and bury them.

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