After hunting, some females refuse to care for their offspring. In this case, the farmer has two options for how to proceed: to feed the rabbits without the rabbit, or to put them on another female, which has recently become awkward. If there is no nurse on the farm, the care of the newborns falls entirely on the shoulders of the kroleferme owner.
Care for rabbits without rabbit
Is it possible to raise rabbits without rabbits?
Newborn baby rabbits need breast milk. Especially important for them is the first portion of colostrum, which contains various antibodies. If the kids did not get it, their immunity would be too vulnerable. Artificial feeding will not replace maternal care, but there is still a chance that the babies will survive. If the farm did not manage to find a bunny-breadwinner for new-born pets, you will have to take care of them yourself.
In what situations it is necessary to consider artificial feeding of offspring:
- if the rabbit has thrown rabbits;
- when the female has no milk or mastitis has developed;
- the little rabbit died after a choke;
- not found a nurse for a rabbit.
The chances of survival with artificial feeding are small, especially when it comes to ornamental rabbits. Meat breeds are more robust immunity, so it makes sense to try to feed the newborns of rabbits without rabbits. Rabbit milk is very fat and nutritious, so it is important to know what can replace it. Properly chosen food – a pledge of health of babies left without maternal care.
What can replace rabbit milk?
- cow’s milk;
- goat milk;
- baby food;
- special mixtures for animals.
Eating mother’s milk, rabbits quickly gain weight. Within a week, their weight doubles. However, if the kids do not have the opportunity to eat from the rabbit, you will have to look for an alternative.
Cow’s milk can not be compared with rabbit in terms of nutritional value. It is 4 times less fat, 3 times less protein, and the content of mineral substances, it is also three times lower than the rabbit. To provide newborns with normal nutrition, farmers mix cow’s milk with condensed milk in a 1: 1 ratio. In this way they increase the nutritional value of the mixture.
You can’t be completely sure that condensed milk is good for baby rabbits, because it contains a lot of sugar and various preservatives. In this case, there is another option for the preparation of the mixture. Here is his recipe:
- 100 ml of the most fat cow’s milk;
- 25 grams of milk powder;
- 50 ml Bifidumbacterin.
Newborn rabbits reluctantly eat this mixture in the first few days, but then they get used to her taste and eat normally.
Attention! You can not feed the little rabbit cream. Such food is hard to digest and can cause diarrhea or even death in newborns.
Goat’s milk is more suitable for feeding baby rabbits. Experienced farmers note that this product has a high fat content. The animals, which are fed only with one goat’s milk, gain weight well and grow quickly. To prevent babies from experiencing problems with the gastrointestinal tract, it is best to add half the dose of Bifidumbacterin to the goat’s milk when feeding.
Some rabbit breeders use infant formula feeds for baby rabbits. They contain vitamins and trace elements necessary for the development and growth of newborn pets, but their nutritional value is very low. In order to increase it, it is necessary to add twice the amount of milk powder to water in dilution, then the mixture will be more concentrated.
Special mixtures for animals
Artificial feeding rules
Rabbits in the first 10 days after their birth are completely defenseless: they are blind. Being hungry, babies crawl in search of my mother’s nipple. In order for them to grow strong and grow up, they need to be fed in the same way as the mother rabbit does. The owner of the animals will have to learn all the necessary skills and follow the rules of feeding. First you need to stock up on the necessary inventory. The following devices can be used as a bottle:
For convenience, you can pull the rubber cap from the pipette on the tip of the syringe or the bottle from the drops, having made several holes in it. When the rabbits grow up a little, they will already be able to eat from a baby bottle, and at the age of 3-4 weeks they will begin to drink milk from a saucer.
Properly feed the bunny rabbit by holding it upright. It is important not to squeeze the body of the baby. If the newborn has not yet eaten milk from a pipette, perhaps he will not immediately understand how to do this. Experienced breeders recommend in the first few feedings only to lubricate the mouth of the newborn with a mixture so that he licked it. Over time, the baby learns to swallow life-saving liquid.
Proper feeding pet rabbit
Rabbit’s stomach in the first days of his life quickly overflows. You can not overfeed newborns: they are able to drink no more than 1 ml of milk at a time. The satiety of pets is determined by their tummies. If they look puffed up, and there are no folds on the skin of the abdomen, then the babies are full. Well-fed rabbit calm and sleep a lot. If they are hungry, they begin to look for a source of food, creeping to the side.
Attention! The first feeding must be done no later than one day after the appearance of the rabbits into the light.
The farmer is required not only to feed the cubs who are left without maternal care, but also to help them defecate. So does the rabbit: before each feeding, she licks the tummies of her babies. In newborns, the intestinal muscles work very poorly, so they cannot go to the toilet without help.
Massage the abdomen gently with fingertips, stroking the abdomen from top to bottom, towards the tail. Do this before each feeding. This procedure helps to increase the intestinal motility of babies and contributes to the bowel movement and the discharge of gases.
Feeding scheme by age
Artificial feeding of baby rabbits needs to be organized correctly. Newborn baby rabbits before they reach the age of weeks should eat 5 times a day. At the same time the daily rate of milk does not exceed 5 ml. This amount of nutrient fluid is divided by the number of meals. The prepared mixture can not be stored. Rabbits should be fed fresh milk, warming it before it to a temperature of 37-38 degrees.
Attention! In the first two days, the babies are unable to drink one milliliter of milk at a time at a time. A few drops are enough for them to eat. In the future, the appetite of rabbits will increase, they will begin to consume more food.
Starting from the second week, rabbit give 7-10 ml of milk per day. Feeding is done 4 times a day. That is, each baby should receive approximately 2-2.5 ml of the mixture at a time.
Feeding the pet rabbit
From three weeks of age, cubs eat more – up to 15-17 ml of milk per day, while feeding them should be 3 times a day. At this time, the babies can already enter the first feed and teach them to drink from the saucer. Up to one month of age, baby rabbits should eat milk formula, although other foods are already present in their diet.
If after a rabbit rabbit for some reason can not take care of their offspring, you have to feed the little rabbits without a mother. This is not easy, as it requires time and energy from the farmer. To count on the fact that the entire offspring will survive, it is impossible under artificial feeding. The strongest rabbits will survive. It is important to accurately follow the rules of feeding and closely monitor the weekly weight gain of cubs.