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Aprilb
24-07-2011, 07:37 AM
Hi, i'm not a breeder and never wanted to be a breeder but long story short one of my boys found his way into my 2 girls (no we didn't put him there breeding was never intended) so we seperated the girls the other day just in case and checked them yesterday and both bave babies .

I have no idea what to do with baby rabbits and would appreciate any advice on looking after them.

When i went to check on them yesterday there was a baby outside on the slabs freezing so we brought him in warmed him through and after rubbing him in his mums fur we put him back as so far he's still in there.

As i said any advice would be appreciated. Do we check the nests or do we just leave them?

Sky-O
24-07-2011, 07:51 AM
Firstly, well done for saving the kit :)

It's fine to touch the nests as long as mum is comfortable with it, just make sure you have nothing strong smelling on your hands, and stroke mum first. You will need to check them daily anyway to check there are no dead kits and all babies have been fed. You also need to check it now to ensure there are no placentas there.

You will need to check all babies have had their first feed, which normally occurs between 24-36 hours. If they have been fed then they will look like they swallowed a ping pong ball. If they don't look yet like they have been fed, then come back and ask for more advice. You've found yourself in a better situation than the average accidental litter receiver, because you have two does- so one can potentially foster, if necessary.

You will need to increase the mum's food until you are free feeding her by about day 4 (day 0 being the day the kits were born) to give her enough energy to produce all the milk she needs to.

Can't think what else you may need to know initially. Around 10 days you will need info about eye opening and suchlike but it might be worth asking for that then, so as not to overload you.

angel242c
24-07-2011, 07:57 AM
I was in a similar position after the rabbit I was looking after for a friend gave birth. Luckily she was a great mum and I didn't have to do much.

Hope it all goes ok and well done for rescuing the little one. Good luck.

Aprilb
24-07-2011, 07:59 AM
Thank you so much, both mums seem fine for me to be in the hutches but as yet i haven't really disturbed the nests too much and everytime i go in i rub my hands with there fur. The babies will be 2 days old today and when i looked in yesterday they all looked round and kinda shiny apart from the one i found out which was wrinkly.

I really appreciate the advice, i don't want too loose the babies :(

Should i check each baby for a placenta?

Sky-O
24-07-2011, 08:10 AM
Sounds like both mum's are feeding, and hopefully this morning will have fed again (they normally feed at dawn or dusk, standing over the babies for about five minutes).

The placentas will be obvious if they are there (about the size of the babies heads and pretty minging) but mum should eat them, so it's just a precaution to check they aren't there because obviously you don't want them rotting in the nest.

Aprilb
24-07-2011, 08:18 AM
Thank you, will let you know how i get on :/

Sky-O
24-07-2011, 08:20 AM
:) Good luck.

I woudl also say don't go from one nest t the other straight away. Wash your hands and have a break in between- to minimise the risk of transferring the wrong smell.

Aprilb
24-07-2011, 02:26 PM
:D all the babies are nice and plump and neither mum was bothered about me being in there, my french lop has 8 and my mini lop has 7.
There's nothing horrible attached to them and there all wiggling round like mad.

Can't seem to find a runt in either litter though :?

Sky-O
24-07-2011, 05:08 PM
That all sounds very fantastic :)

Litters don't need a runt in them, they just sometimes have them.

Hopefully all will thrive :)

Aprilb
25-07-2011, 12:27 PM
all babies still looking well this morning :D. I'm not coming round to the idea and turning into a very proud nanny lol

Sky-O
25-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Awesome! Your bunny mummies sound brilliant :D

loulou84
25-07-2011, 12:58 PM
they sound cute, what are you going to do with the babies? was your buck a mini or a French?

Aprilb
25-07-2011, 01:28 PM
No daddies a lion head lol

Biscuit's Mum!
25-07-2011, 01:41 PM
No advice, I just want to say how lovely it is that you are trying to save all the little ones and do the best by your buns.

I'd definitely recommend a neuter for the future :lol:

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Day 4 and still 15 very wiggly plump bunnies, they seem to be staring to hop too? :?.and there starting to get fur :D. Ow so cute. I did try to put a pic on but haven't got a clue how too.

GrahamL
26-07-2011, 10:52 AM
Day 4 and still 15 very wiggly plump bunnies, they seem to be staring to hop too? :?.and there starting to get fur :D. Ow so cute. I did try to put a pic on but haven't got a clue how too.

Glad they are thriving :)

Here is a guide to images on RU: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=136183

:wave:

Sky-O
26-07-2011, 10:53 AM
:D Awesome!

They will start to move about a bit more. You will also start to see their reflex, which is quite funny and clearly there to drive predators away- where basically they jump towards you (presumably to scare off a predator) and then recoil often looking confused. :lol:

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 10:58 AM
:D Awesome!

They will start to move about a bit more. You will also start to see their reflex, which is quite funny and clearly there to drive predators away- where basically they jump towards you (presumably to scare off a predator) and then recoil often looking confused. :lol:

lol, i thought they were hopping

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 11:05 AM
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z418/abarabula/P1020680.jpg

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 11:06 AM
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z418/abarabula/P1020680.jpg

This was daiseys yesterday :D:D

lucy24
26-07-2011, 11:07 AM
awww is Daisy the frenchie or mini?

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 11:10 AM
Daisys the french.
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z418/abarabula/P1020681.jpg
Theses are tilly's yesterday.

lucy24
26-07-2011, 11:11 AM
They are just :love::love::love::love:

Sky-O
26-07-2011, 11:12 AM
BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So very, VERY cute :D

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 11:13 AM
Thanks, i'm a very proud nan lol.

Going to have to try and get the pics smaller lol.

loulou84
26-07-2011, 11:20 AM
Thanks, i'm a very proud nan lol.

Going to have to try and get the pics smaller lol.

So cute!!!!!!!!

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 04:54 PM
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z418/abarabula/P1020687.jpg
Daisys babies 4 days old

Aprilb
26-07-2011, 04:56 PM
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z418/abarabula/P1020686.jpg

One of tillys 4 days old

angel242c
26-07-2011, 05:07 PM
They are so cute :love:

DemiS
26-07-2011, 05:09 PM
Aww they're lovely :) Be careful when they start walking around, babies have a tendancy to lean against the doors and could easily fall out if you don't check first

Aprilb
27-07-2011, 09:37 AM
My babies suprise me every morning when i check them. They have little stompers and bigger ears this morning:D.

Would there be any reason that daisey would have seperated 2 very large babies to the other side of the nest, still covered but away from her smaller other 6?
They may have made there own way over there but they look like they'd been put there.

angel242c
27-07-2011, 10:31 AM
Be careful when they start walking around, babies have a tendancy to lean against the doors and could easily fall out if you don't check first

That happened to me!! Luckily I caught the baby. :D

Sky-O
27-07-2011, 10:43 AM
The mum can't move them, so they haven't been put there. My suspicion would be that she was feeding, and was ready to stop and move and they clung on as she moved. If a baby does this then mum will tend to just look after both nests.

If they were mine I would move them back to the original nest.

parsnipbun
27-07-2011, 12:48 PM
How old are they - mine all moved at about 4 weeks - the whole lot - from one corner to another!

And someone else on here told me theirs did as well.

I wondered if it was a hygiene thing.

Maybe leave them for the day and see if the others join them?

If not - then put them back (or if they are cold at all on their own, or under 4 weeks then also move them)

EDIT: just looked at first post and realised how young they are - put them back with the others asap!

Aprilb
27-07-2011, 02:28 PM
yes thank you i put them back when i went out this morning and found them. They seem to be able to crawl round the bed area pretty well though lol