One female rabbit is capable of giving birth to between one and 14 baby rabbits, also known as kits or kittens, per litter. However, the average litter size consist of six babies.
The gestation period for rabbits is 29-35 days with 1-12 babies per litter; birthing can occur in as little as 10 minutes per litter. The short birthing cycle means a female rabbit can give birth to a new litter before she is finished weaning the previous litter.
Find free baby rabbits by visiting rabbit rescue groups classifieds through online websites or newspapers. Ads for free rabbits or discounted rabbits may also be visible in pet stores or veterinary offices.
Proper care of a rabbit requires providing suitable housing, time for exercise, a healthy diet, gentle handling and routine veterinary visits. Rabbits are delicate creatures but can make great pets.
When taking care of a rabbit, feed the rabbit plenty of hay; provide it with a quiet place to sleep and room to play, and socialize with it regularly. Rabbits are very prolific breeders, so separate members of the opposite sex. Spay or neuter the animal as soon as possible to reduce spraying and pre
Rabbits do not eat their babies, according to the House Rabbit Society. After birthing baby bunnies, a mother rabbit eats the afterbirth because it is rich in nutrients, and this discourages predators from finding the nest.
Children should remember that rabbits are easily frightened and have delicate bodies, according to the House Rabbit Society. Generally, they are best suited for kids who are patient, mature and careful with their pets.
A good diet for a baby rabbit, or kit, should contain a pellet food high in fiber (18 percent minimum), hay, vegetables and water. Vegetables with a high amount of vitamin A should be provided daily, including romaine lettuce, carrots, collard greens and parsley.
To find baby rabbits for sale, contact rabbit breed clubs to locate reputable breeders in your area. Check with animal shelters and rabbit rescues as well, since they may have young rabbits available for adoption.
Taking care of a domestic rabbit starts with knowing that the safest place for them is the indoors. Unlike wild rabbits, domestic rabbits do not have the endurance to withstand harsh temperature extremes and are always at a risk for predators, even while inside a cage.