HomesteadingTaking Care of Baby Rabbits

Taking Care of Baby Rabbits


Raising Rabbits website shares one approach to helping a mother doe (rabbit) if she needs a little help with her kits (rabbit babies).

Only rarely does a mother rabbit truly abandon or ignore her babies. This may occur when a very immature rabbit gives birth. In which case, she usually does not build a nest or make any preparations. Her milk production can also delayed. Sometimes the babies can be hand fed for short time until the mother rabbit can take over the job.

A mother rabbit does not lie down in the nest, as a cat would do, but stands over the babies to nurse them. She does, however, clean them and lick their bellies and bottoms to stimulate pooping.

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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