We have 4 rabbits in a 'cage'. One of them had babies today but I don't know which one.
We now have 4 adorable new bunnies but I'm not sure how to care for them. Will the mom do it? Will the other rabbits disturb the babies? I was told to separate them (with their mom) but like I said, I don't know which one it is???
We raised rabbits when I was younger so I know for a fact you need to seperate them as for telling which one is the mother she should have milk so look to see which one of them do that means she should have tits that you can gently squeeze to tell.
The moms will usually loose a lot of hair for making the nest, so who ever seems to have lost a lot of hair might help figure it out and see if it has milk as well. Are they all white or are they different colors.
Well I have had baby bunnies before. So you should figure out which one is mom, flip her over and look for her little nippies, they will be full with milk. And you should flip over all the rabbits and look for little pink testicles. If you find them, remove the male immediately. Amd sorry to say but, she is probably pregnant again. Because rabbits can reproduce that quickly. Cause it happened to me. So in like 28 days don't be surprised to find some more babies. Put the male or males in seperate cage from from the female. If there is more than one female you should remove her too. And don't really try to disturb the mom to much because she will panic at first and thump her back feet and possibly kill the babies. Also happened to me. What kind of rabbits are they?
Thanks for all your great help. 2 of our rabbits have lost hair - but one more than the other. I'll check for nipples - never even thought of that. We're not experienced rabbit owners, we've had them for almost a year now and this is our first litter. I'm really hoping they will survive.
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Ok. What you want to do is feel each rabbit and see if her teats are purtruding. That could be a sign she is the one who had them. Also you could try holding on of the babies on the teat and seeing if it will nurse.
If you can not find which one had them, i mean really tryed because raising rabbits is hard, then you need to get an eye dropper and mix 1/3 evaporated milk and 1/3 water and sit it on their mouth, dont force it, and let it lick it up. They only nurse about once a day but to make sure they are ok i would try morning and night. I am currently haveing to do this with one of my rabbits. Then for bedding what i am doing is heating up like rice just for like 2 min. in the micorwave and putting it in a bowl, then placeing a towel down, then some hay, them place the other side of the towel over them. We have a piolit light oven so we leave the door ajar and leave it in there. It stays nice and warm so if the rice looses heat the over produces more.
But if you can find the mom thats great. Put them in another cage and have a nesting box wiht lots of hay and make sure they are warm. Also look at their tummies and if they appear hard and full then that means they are eating which is excellant.
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When I raised rabbits we never touched the babies until they were able to leave the nest for fear the mother would kill them. First time mothers are already nervous. If you do need to pick up the babies grab some of the rabbit fur and blanket the baby in it. Better to move the other rabbits and leave mom and babies alone. If the mother isn't staying with the babies most of the time they will mostly die without intervention. I hope you have a lot of cages because it looks like you are going to need them.