View Full Version : help required with Babies

21-06-2005, 10:51 PM
Hi there everyone,
I was woundering if any one can help. i have never had baby rabbits before and my doe has had a suprise litter and im a bit unsure on the following 2 things.
1st of all - where my doe Jemima has built her nest with the babies in - what will happen when it needs cleaning out. Do i just leave the nest and clean round them for the moment or what. dont want to do anything to hurt them are make her ignore them. :?
2nd of all - how old are they before their eyes open.
Sorry for the long post but im just unsure and want to get things right. Thanks in advance for your help. :bunny:

21-06-2005, 10:58 PM
hi there leave the nest and clean around it until they are three weeks this is when they will start to emerge from the nest! infact you shoulld really not touch the nest or babies at this point and if you do (obviously you need to know they are all alive) rub your hands on the mother and her droppings to remove your sent from your hands.

the kits open there eyes around the tenth day!

eve x

21-06-2005, 11:03 PM
thanx for that. i got told off a pet shop to wear rubber gloves when i check the babies to make sure they are all alive. Upto now have not touched any just opened the door and looked. was a bit scared incase i disturbed them.

22-06-2005, 11:43 AM
Here are a couple of old topics that may help.



and a new one: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=6559

I believe that you do need to remove any dead babies if the mum hasn't as otherwise they can chill the live ones. Rexy Bexy says as long as the mother is used to you and not nervous then your scent on the babies won't put her off but it is probably best to rub in a bit of bedding first. I would have thought the smell of latex gloves would be more off putting if she had never smelt it before.