Baby rabbits get their mother’s companion twice a day. Once in the morning and again in the evening for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Rabbits’ milk is very rich and nutritious.
The breastfeeding period of the rabbits is 5 to 6 months. After 2-3 weeks, the baby bunny starts eating solid particles like hay besides drinking milk.
In this article, you will learn how to feed the true orphan and wild and domestic baby bunny from 0 to 9 weeks.
Orphaned Rabbits Care
So, when you find a wild baby bunny in your backyard, probably it is not an orphan bunny. Probably its mom is roaming around. However, at first, you must assure that the baby bunny is orphaned before taking care.
So, How Can You Understand Whether the Wild Rabbit Is Orphaned or Not?
You already know that wild rabbits are not orphaned in most cases. Its mother will come in the evening. If you find a baby bunny without opening eyes, they are too young to take care of. If the abdomen of the baby bunny is high, please leave the bunny in the nest. It is not an orphaned bunny.
Sad but true, most of the wild baby bunny can not survive in the nest. If you find a baby bunny that is very weak but still alive, you could contact a wildlife rehabber or a vet instantly. Or you can call the Humane Society for a referral https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/how-find-wildlife-rehabilitator.
If you are confident enough and you have the time to take care, you can bring the orphan baby bunny inside your house. I appreciate your courage to bring the baby bunny inside the home.
How to Save a Baby Bunny from Dying?
If you are sure that the mom bunny is killed or died, you can bring the baby bunnies inside the home. Caring for a true orphaned wild baby bunny is not an easy task. But it is not impossible.
Before hand over the orphaned baby bunny to the wildlife rehabber, you should take care of the orphaned baby bunny.
You could make a formula to feed the baby bunny with a syringe. Please don’t provide the cow milk to the baby bunny. Cow milk is not appropriate for the baby bunny. Instead of the cow milk, you could give the goat milk with the KMR kitten. Also, you could feed the KMR kitten only to the baby bunny.
You know the mom rabbit feeds the baby bunnies twice a day. So, you should follow nature. Don’t overfeed the baby bunnies.
Before feeding the baby bunny, please sterile the syringe. The sitting position of the bunny is important. Keep the bunny in an upright position. Then feed the bunny.
Related: Do you know Hay is the main food for rabbits? Read this article to know about the facts of the best hay for rabbits.
You could consider my recommended hay and pellets for the orphaned baby rabbit.
What to Feed Baby Rabbits Without a Mother
The newborn baby or less than 1 week: 2-2.5 cc (twice a day)
1 week-2 week
5-7 cc each feeding (twice a day). The quantity may differ based on the size of the bunny. If it is a giant breed you could provide 7-cc and if it is a dwarf breed you could feed 5-cc.
7-13 cc each feeding (twice a day). At this age, the eyes are open. Start introducing the young rabbit pellet and alfalfa hay. Also, you could give the oat hay or timothy hay.
13-15 cc each feeding (twice a day). Their gut is developing. Besides the formula, they are capable of eating different vegetables, fruits, and other rabbits safe food.
you should continue the formula. This is the transmission age for the baby bunny. You could give the regular rabbit food to the baby bunny.
This formula is the same for the domestic baby rabbit. It is a bit easy to handle the pet rabbit than the wild rabbit.
Where to Keep the Orphaned Baby Rabbit?
You know wild rabbits make a nest before childbirth in the wild. Rabbits are sensitive and adorable animals. Moreover, they are prey animals. In most cases, a rabbit can not survive more than 8-10 months in the wild. Although the average life span of the rabbit is 7-10 years.
So, you should be careful with the dog and cats when keeping the orphaned bunny in your home. Although most of the cat breeds are rabbit friendly. But you should be careful.
Mother rabbits make the nest with their fur and other soft particles. So, you should provide warm and soft bedding inside the nest. Also, you could use the rabbit hutch or cage to keep the baby rabbit.
Rabbits are adorable and cute. So, if you find an abandoned baby rabbit in the wild, you can take care of the baby bunny and keep them as a pet. Rabbits are friendly and easy to adopt. They will be the best companion of your kids. your kids will be responsible.