How much weight should my baby bunnies be gaining each day?

by Anna
(Surrey)

Hi

Our lionhead and dwarf lionhead have had 7 bunnies- this is mums first litter and she has been struggling with having 7.

We have one obvious runt we interfered at about 8 days old when they were loosing weight and had her sitting in my lap with the bunnies between my legs and bribed her with food and petting to get her to stay whilst they fed.

This worked for about 5 days but she then became really stressed and agitated and we cannot interfere anymore. The bunnies are now 20 days old but still tiny and only putting on between 1 and 6 grams per day depending on the rabbit.

I would like some advice as to what they should be gaining per day and what if anything I can do to help. Cannot let any die- not after getting them this far.

Thanks for any help

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Nov 19, 2015
Thanks paul NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks Paul- it's take a. While for my query to reach the site and now the bunnies are thriving! I persevered with trying to help what we could and as soon as they started to eat solids they are doing great. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Nov 19, 2015
Great so far NEW
by: Paul

You did great so far. Drinking from their mother's milk is essential and irreplaceable. The mother's milk is priority of course but it does a have a close substitute. You can buy kitten milk powder from your vet or pet shop. You prepare their home made milk and heat it till its warm enough but not hot neither cold. Give them the milk through a seringe(solid plastic is preferable not the rubber ends like kid's drinking bottle because the rabbits can easilly chew it even at a young age).
Give them each to drink for around 2 minutes until they get tired and aren't agitated anymore. Be careful not to release too much milk suddenly through the seringe the babies may choke on the milk and bubles will pop out from their nose let them rest if that happens.

Good luck !

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