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Old 05-02-2008, 18:41   #1
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Baby rabbit.... I mean BABY... HELP!

Ok, dog brought me a baby rabbit... barely any fur, just gray skin... eyes not open.... tiny.

Somehow or another, it is not injured at all.

My brother's wife told me a bit of how to take care of it...

Any experts on here? HELP.

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Old 05-02-2008, 19:28   #2
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Found this hope it's helpful

http://www.geocities.com/crawdadcree...anedBunny.html
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Old 05-02-2008, 20:12   #3
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In much the same way as we raised my Miss Kitty who was a few days old when we got her would be my first guess

Feeding every hour, maybe 30 minutes up to two hours depending on bunnie's needs, twenty-four hours a day. Use an animal formula. I don't know if bunnies are lactose intolerant or not, but I would use kitten formula since it is lactose free just in case.

I suspect you will have to teach bunnie to poop and pee like you do with a kitten. I did this by gently wiping the area with a warm, damp paper towel. It is rough like the mama cat's tongue so it is ideal. Not sure what a rabbit tongue is like...

One thing to remember is bunnie is going to be tame and not safe to release when older. You might see if any local animal rescue groups do rehab in your area. They will know exactly what bunnie needs.

Oh, and post some pics. Do one with something to show the size of the baby bunnie.
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Old 05-02-2008, 20:26   #4
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"Fryer or young rabbit - the terms 'fryer' or 'young rabbit' refer to a rabbit weighing not less than 1 pounds and rarely more than 3 pounds, and less than 12 weeks of age. The flesh is tender, fine grained, and a bright pearly pink color. These rabbits may be cooked in much the same way as young poultry."

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Old 05-02-2008, 21:39   #5
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I get terribly conflicting methods from online, and there is no one to take it. I called the state and their rehabilitators.... this is going to be tough.
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Old 05-02-2008, 21:44   #6
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I really mean conflicting, too.

Some folks say that some formulas are the only ones you can use and that all others will kill them, and then others say the exact EXACT opposite.

These aren't just anyone either, these things are what the state told me, and what vets have told me.

WTF?
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Pick one and go with it. The odds are stacked against you and you shouldn't beat yourself up over it. Do the best you can and accept the fate.

Good luck and thanks for caring.
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Just FYI, in the wild - rabbits only nurse their young twice a day on average. They then leave to eat, etc.. and not attract other wildlife to the nest. This business of only feeding about 2x's a day is why so many people find a nest of youngsters and think they have been abandoned.

I can't answer as to whether you should keep this up in captivity, or feed more often like you would other animals.

I have never raised a baby rabbit, but I'm fairly sure you're supposed to use goats milk formula as opposed to kitten/puppy formula. The petstores will sell it. The general rule of thumb regarding use of heat pads is that if the animal can move around (IE: OFF the heat pad), then you are safe to use one under half the enclosure you're keeping it in. If the animal can't move around much, don't use one or he could quickly overheat and die.

Unless you plan to keep it after it's grown up (should you prove successful in raising it, that is), I'd turn this guy over to a wildlife rehabber. You can't turn a bottle fed baby loose in the wild - it will not know how to survive.
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So many people raise bunnies. They multiply so quickly I think they would be pretty hardy.
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Go out and find the big hole your dog dug up to get to the burrow and return it.

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Old 05-03-2008, 18:01   #11
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A goats milk mix is what I settled on, hasn't killed him yet.

I did know that they only feed twice a day, that is one thing that all info sources agreed on.

I tried to turn it over to a wildlife rehabber, no one that the state recommended would take it.. due to my location in relation to theirs and their volume of the same kind of animal to care for.

So far so good though. Thanks for everyones help.

I'd find where the dog found it, but they roam a good 50 acres here and I have NO clue where she got it from.

It is funny, it is so small, eyes still closed, but the dang thing will still jump, pretty good, too.
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OMG. I think I just fell in love.

If the goat's milk isn't giving him diarrhea or constipating him, he should be OK.

My uncle's friend got a momma rabbit while cutting hay. He discovered the den (went looking for it actually) and my uncle told me where it was. By the time I got there, something had ate the bunnies. I would have tried to save them but I have no idea what I would have done with them if they had lived...

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If the goat's milk isn't giving him diarrhea or constipating him, he should be OK.
I have only had him for one day now, I have fed him twice, and gave him gatorade once before that.... I have had no luck getting him to use the bathroom at all yet, even with a warm wet cloth.... any ideas?

I'm not sure how regularly or in what way they should go, so as I'll know if he is constipated.
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Is he peeing for you? If he isn't peeing, he is dehydrating! If that is the case, try giving him some sugar water. It will give him some energy and get water back in him and hopefully, it being sweet will encourage him to drink plenty.

I dunno how often rabbits crap. It doesn't seem like they "waste" a lot based on the rabbit piles I have seen... I have no ideas on that.

There wasn't much from the kittens until they got older. Then there wasn't a lot.

I would just keep trying pretty often.
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I did know that they only feed twice a day, that is one thing that all info sources agreed on.


The site I linked you to says if they don't have their eyes open yet, they need fed more often. Otherwise 3x per day. Please re-read and again, good luck.
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The site I linked you to says if they don't have their eyes open yet, they need fed more often. Otherwise 3x per day. Please re-read and again, good luck.
That's interesting, because in the wild they only feed twice per day - even from birth.
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Contact the nearest Animal Rescue or humane society or ASPCA. The information you get from them will be "more" reliable than sifting through everything you read on the ERRORnet, while the bunny starves to death because you're afraid of what to do and what not to do. If you have to drive there, who cares how far it is or what gas costs- you are saving a life. This is one of those times where a LIFE depends on you getting PROFESSIONAL HELP 10-18.
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Old 05-04-2008, 23:21   #19
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Thanks again for the advice.

I did get some info from the state when I called them.

He made it through day 2 with me, so far so good.

It is funny, but I can actually tell that he has grown in 2 days.

He can almost stand up, and jumps.

These suckers grow fast.
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just tagging along to see how it all turns out...good luck with the little guy!
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Good luck. No matter how it turns out. You are a good person for trying.
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Just an update... eyes are open, he is strong and looks like a rabbit now
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Just an update... eyes are open, he is strong and looks like a rabbit now

Oh my gosh!!! You have done a great job being a 'bunny-caretaker"

Please post another pic soon
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That's great news GSD. Any idea what you're going to do with it when it's weaned?
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