Your pet rabbit is now a mother. What does that mean for you? Luckily, rabbits have instincts just like every other animal and for the most part, they will know what to do. But there are a few things that you should look for to decide whether or not you should step in to help the baby bunnies, however, have you ever thought if there any situation comes when you need to take the responsibility to feed your baby rabbits milk? But which milk you should give them?
You may ask:
Can Baby Rabbits Drink Cow’s Milk?
The short answer: No. Because baby rabbits’ stomachs are too sensitive, that’s why they can’t purge her stomach if they take something toxic.
The cow’s milk is not a good replacement to feed your baby rabbit. Instead of cow’s milk, you can use goat’s milk. Well, we chose goats milk because it is more nutritious and can reach the standard of the rabbit’s milk. You can simply buy a rabbit formula from your local pet store or veterinarian clinic. Or you can just make one at your home.
How To Feed Your Baby rabbit?
First, you need to research and shop for the supplies that you need to keep the little bun alive. It is not like feeding a human baby. You cannot put cow’s milk into a bottle and feed it to your baby rabbit. Kitten Milk Replacement is common to feed to baby bunnies and adding Acidophilus (a probiotic) which helps with digestive health. The formula needs to be fed using a sterile oral syringe. These items can be found at a pet store and a pharmacy.
The suggested amount given below can vary on the type of breed of rabbit that you are feeding. This is the standard amount for a bunny that will be 5-6 pounds as an adult.
Try to divide the feeding amount into two equal feedings per day.
- Newborn or Less than one week old
- 5 cc KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)
- 1/2 cc Acidophilus
- 1 to 2 Weeks Old
- 10-15 cc KMR
- 1/2 cc Acidophilus
- 2 to 3 Weeks Old
- 26-30 cc KMR
- 1 cc Acidophilus
- 3 to 5 Weeks Old
- 30 cc KMR
- 1 cc Acidophilus
- 5 to 7 Weeks Old
- Formula milk and hay, here you have to reduce the amount of milk slowly, so they wean onto solid food.
- 8 and above
- Weaning milk so that you do not use any milk. Also, introduce solid foods like fruit and vegetables. Of course, you have to do it gradually.
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Rabbit Feeding Schedule
Below is a basic schedule that helps you navigate what to feed your baby rabbit in the different stages of their life.
- Newborn to 3 weeks – formula above or mother’s milk.
- 3 to 4 weeks – mother’s milk and pellets, nibbles of alfalfa.
- 4 to 7 weeks – mother’s milk, access to alfalfa and pellets
- 7 weeks to 7 months – unlimited hay and pellets
- 12 weeks and above – introduce vegetables (one at a time, quantities under 0.5 ounce.)
How to create your own homemade rabbit’s milk replacer?
Follow this instruction,
- Take one cup of goat’s milk and mix it with another 56 grams of goat’s milk and stir it.
- Take one tablespoon of sugar-free heavy whipping cream in it, and stir well. It can be replicate the calories found in rabbit milk.
- Now heat this formula about 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Instead of her their mother’s milk, these ingredients will be able to meet the nutritional needs of your baby rabbits adequately.
However, if you are in doubt, you can buy Pre-Mixed Milk Replacement and feed your baby rabbits.
Baby rabbits are very fragile and need care immediately if you recognize that they are being neglected. So make sure you are tentative to the mother rabbit and her babies.
As your bun grows it’s essential that you feed the correct types of quality hay to ensure a happy, healthy life for your bun.
Take care when doing this and if in any doubt at all seek advice from your veterinary. Rabbits are delicate creatures and serious damage can be caused by incorrectly administered syringe feeding.