Having engaged in breeding rabbits, you need to learn a lot about these animals: what they eat, how they multiply, how many times a day the rabbit feeds the little rabbits after the past and how it happens. This knowledge will help the pet owner to properly care for them. Sometimes there are situations when the female does not want to feed the rabbits after she has been hatched, or she has little milk for the whole offspring. This article will tell you how to determine whether newborn rabbits are fed and what to do if the bunny does not feed them.
Why does the rabbit not fit the rabbit?
Some rabbit breeders are interested in why after a rabbit the rabbit is not constantly near its offspring, but leaves the nest. They have the impression that she does not feed babies. In fact, rabbits have a well-developed maternal instinct. This is evidenced by their behavior shortly before birth. Rabbits tear their down on themselves, settling the nest. This is done not only to keep babies warm, but also to provide access to the nipples.
Being in the wild, okolilivshiesya females behave just like this: they leave the nest, while they themselves follow it from afar. This natural instinct helps them protect their offspring from wild animals that can smell a rabbit. Since the adult animal smells stronger, the rabbit leaves the nest in order not to attract animals with its smell. Only occasionally does the mother go to the rabbit to feed them. This usually happens at night in complete silence.
The first feeding is carried out immediately after okrol, if the milk has already arrived at that time. Otherwise, the female will feed the babies later, in a few hours.
Attention! If the rabbit does not feed the rabbits during the first days of life, you need to take action, otherwise the kids will die.
How many times a day do rabbits suck mother’s milk?
After the rabbit is around, the rabbit comes to his children no more than once or twice a day to feed them. This happens usually at night or at dawn, when the situation in the room where the family lives is calmer. These animals react sharply to any sounds, so they choose the time for feeding at night, when no one bothers them, and the owner may get the impression that the bunny does not feed cubs.
Little rabbit before feeding the little rabbits
In the first days after the harvest, it is advisable for the farmer to control the feeding process. The kids are still blind and sometimes accidentally crawl away from the mother, fall out of the nest. If this happens, the lost little rabbit mum will go hungry. The bunny rabbit will feed only those in the queen mother.
Attention! If the rabbit crawled out of the nest, it must be returned to its place, while wearing gloves, so as not to leave its smell on his body.
When the eyes of the kids open, they become more independent and can already find a mother in a cage. However, she still will not allow cubs to come up to her more than 1-2 times a day. The farmer should not worry, because rabbit milk is very fat and nutritious. Attached to the nipple, kids get all the necessary nutrients.
How to determine the satiety of rabbits?
Without noticing how and when the rabbit feeds the cubs, the owner of the rabbit family is experiencing, suddenly the newborn are hungry. To make sure they ate, just look at their tummies. Rabbits are born completely naked, and their skin is so thin that veins can be seen through it. With the naked eye you can see whether the kids eat or not. If the skin on the stomachs of a rabbit is stretched, there are no folds on it, then the pets are full. If the tummies are sunken and the skin is wrinkled, they are hungry.
Attention! If most of the cubs are constantly outside the nest, this is a sign that the hungry kids were trying to find a mother.
How to check if the rabbit has milk?
Sometimes doubts do not leave the owner of the animal, he suspects that the kids are hungry. In this case, you can check whether the female has milk. How to do it:
- Take the female and lay her on her back.
- Inspect the nipples. If all the mammary glands are slightly enlarged, then milk is produced.
- Gently squeeze the nipple. The released drop of milk is a sign of normal lactation.
The presence of milk in the glands does not yet indicate that it is sufficient for all rabbits. It is worth paying attention to the stomachs of babies – whether they are filled.
How many rabbits can be fed by one rabbit?
Rabbits have 8 nipples for feeding offspring. That is how many babies the rabbit is able to feed, not infringing on anyone. However, the offspring can be up to 15 rabbits. If many babies are born, they will fight for the opportunity to suck mother’s milk. Usually, the strongest and strongest rabbits manage to stick to the nipples first, it is they who get good nutrition in the right amount. Weak and unviable kids are not so agile, they eat up what’s left.
Sometimes the rabbit itself destroys part of the offspring immediately after caul. She eats up the weakest rabbits in order to fully feed the rest. It is important for the farmer to make sure that all the babies are able to get milk. If there is a female at disposal that has recently been nicked, and her offspring is not so numerous, then it makes sense to plant a part of rabbits with her that lack mother’s milk.
If there is no such nurse on the farm, it is worth trying to increase the lactation of the large rabbit in such ways:
- introduce more succulent feeds into the diet of the nursing female;
- include boiled potatoes, beets and carrots in the menu;
- Every day, offer dill and some walnuts to a lactating rabbit.
These products help increase milk production. The farmer must observe the degree of fatness of the rabbits during the first 6-7 days of their life. If they crawl away in a cage, their stomachs are not filled, and their skin is dry and shriveled, it means that there is clearly not enough milk for them. In this case, it is necessary to remove 2-3 babies from the female and place them on the adoptive mother, or feed them artificially.
Walnuts for lactation rabbit
What to do if the rabbit does not feed the babies?
There are cases when the female does not feed offspring. Consider the reasons why this happens:
- Milk is not produced in the right quantity.
- Mastitis. If the animal has inflamed nipples, feeding becomes impossible.
- Inexperience. After the first childbirth, some rabbit girls cannot realize their new role, their maternal instinct has not yet manifested itself.
Attention! Refusal to feed is often manifested in apparent cruelty. The female can get rid of part of the offspring when she is unable to feed the whole offspring. This is just a natural instinct. This happens when the rabbit herself is in need of food.
Having found that during the first days after the birth, the mother did not feed the children, the farmer would have to take care of the little rabbits himself. There are 2 ways to do this:
- feed the offspring artificially;
- find a nurse.
Is it possible to sit down rabbits to another rabbit?
The owner of the rabbit family can solve the problem of feeding rabbit-refusers with the help of a wet nurse, if there is one on the farm. There is a chance that she will take and feed other babies. Among potential foster mothers, it is recommended to choose one that meets the following requirements:
- she has not too large offspring (5-7 rabbits);
- she was nolol no earlier than 3-4 days before the birth of abandoned babies.
Getting a rabbit to another rabbit needs to be correct. It is important that the adoptive mother did not notice the trick. How to perform a replanting:
- We remove the future nurse from the cage.
- From its nest we take down and we rub the little bodies of receivers.
- We place the abandoned rabbits right in the center of the new queen cell. We dispose of them between native cubs.
- Cover them with mother fluff.
- After 30-40 minutes, when the kids get a new smell, we return the rabbit to the cage.
If everything is done correctly, the nurse will not distinguish her cubs from strangers. She will take them and feed them. In rare cases, this does not happen. Then the kids will have to take care of their owner.
How to feed a rabbit without a rabbit?
Caring for newborn rabbits is not an easy task. An animal owner will have to find alternative feeding methods.
Goat milk is suitable and baby rabbits
Instead of rabbit milk, you can use:
- cow with the addition of the third part of condensed milk;
- dry mixes intended for puppies and kittens.
Feed babies need warm milk 2-3 times a day from a pipette or syringe without a needle. Before each meal will have to stroke their tummies to stimulate the digestive tract, as newborns can not properly emptied. Mother rabbit usually licks them, thereby increasing intestinal motility. Feeding produced according to the scheme:
- In the first week of life, babies get 5 ml of milk per day – 2.5 ml in the morning and evening;
- at 2 weeks of life, the daily rate is increased to 10-12 ml;
- at week 3, rabbits consume about 15-17 ml of milk per day.
Reference. Starting from three weeks of age, babies are gradually and gently injected complementary foods and teach them to drink.
Rabbit feeds rabbits only 1 or 2 times a day, and does it at night or at dawn, when no one is near. In connection with such a regime, it sometimes seems that she does not care about them. If there is a suspicion that the female does not feed the cubs, you need to check if she has enough milk. In the event of his absence or the mother’s refusal to fulfill his duty in relation to the cubs, rabbits are brought to the nurse or they take care of the newborns themselves.