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Nx2ured
25-06-2011, 09:28 PM
Hi all,
I am looking for advice on raising these guys. This morning my neighbor decided to mow his hay field next to me. I found my Great Pyrenees in the yard guarding something and went to investigate. She was guarding a dead momma rabbit (mower got her) and three babies. One of the three babies was also dead. The other two are healthy with a full coat of hair, but closed eyes. I have some expensive powdered milk that I bought last fall to raise an orphaned squirrel. The milk is also for Cottontails, has been kept in the fridge, and is still in date. Now, my problem is that I have no way to get bunny poop as my research says they need it. The closest rehabber is 4 hours away and says she cannot take these babies (same thing she said when I called her last fall for the squirrel, who by the way, was released and is doing well). Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.

Lisa

Jack's-Jane
25-06-2011, 10:22 PM
This link may be useful

http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00Man/MammalHusbandryTechniques/Indiv_Techniques/HR_M_Sylvilagus.htm

Good luck with the babies :)

Jenova
25-06-2011, 10:43 PM
Good luck. :)

William
25-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Good luck, I hope the little cottontail makes it :)

Maybe someone on craigslist or kijiji or something (I take it that you're in the US?) has pet rabbits that they could give you the caecotrophes of? But then, rabbits normally eat them straight away, I never see my rabbit's caecotrophes... :? Is there maybe another rehabber in the area? the squirrel board has a lot of rehabbers of many different animals, maybe someone on there happens to be in your area with a mom cottontail..

helgalush
25-06-2011, 11:05 PM
Oh gosh hope they will be ok. Poor little things.

(sorry to hear about the mummy and the baby that passed).

Sending vibes and hope you can find the information/help you need.

Nx2ured
26-06-2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks all. I fed them just a little while ago and they ate well. Both babies urinated and pooped a little. I have posted ads looking for someone who has rabbits, but no luck so far. I'll keep you posted.

HoppingBinky
26-06-2011, 03:07 AM
Were abouts are you? Just wondered if anyone on here might have some suggestions if they knew what area you are in.
Good Luck by the way and well done for helping the poor little buns.
Binky free mummy and baby rabbit.xxxxxx

Nx2ured
27-06-2011, 01:41 AM
I am in Tennessee...not exactly legal here. I have sent out several e-mails today searching for someone with a bunny. Someone should bottle that stuff! Anyway, both babies are doing well so far. I am feeding them Fox Valley formula for Cottontails and they are using the bathroom with stimulation.

Jack's-Jane
27-06-2011, 06:47 AM
So pleased to hear that the babies are doing well so far.
Please keep us updated :)

dizzyg
27-06-2011, 10:54 AM
glad they're doing well! Quite a few people on here have helped baby wild rabbits. If you put 'wildie' into the search function (that's what we tend to call them), you'll probably find some threads about them.

Welcome to the forum! Please do keep us updated.

xx:wave:

Nx2ured
29-06-2011, 08:18 PM
Just an update, the little guys are doing well. One has opened his eyes and started nibbling on clover. I have started adding heavy whipping cream to their milk to try to get some weight on them. So far, so good :)

William
29-06-2011, 08:30 PM
:D i'm glad they're doing well!

Hoppla
29-06-2011, 10:42 PM
Great news:-)
you need to gently stroke their tummies to support their digestion.
do you have infacol in the US (it prevents them devloping gas in their tummies, which is deadly to them) also bio lapis is very good it puts good bacteria into their gut.

Nx2ured
03-07-2011, 02:10 AM
The bunnies are now getting active. I have been adding benebac to their milk at every feeding. They are putting on weight and have started eating clover and grass. I am planning to start taking them outside in a run this week to get them used to the outdoors. I'm just not sure how to do it. Should I just put them in the run at dusk and dawn to munch, or go ahead and move them outdoors permanently and feed milk at dawn and dusk?