People feeding baby rabbits do need to be trained on proper technique and schedule. Many baby rabbits die from inexperienced people trying to feed them and injuring or overfeeding them.
Owners should primarily feed their pet rabbits hay. Rabbit owners often use Timothy hay, but other grass hays, such as meadow and oat, can provide healthy variety. Dark, leafy, washed greens are also important to feed a rabbit, and owners can supplement their diets with a good-quality pellet.
Tips for feeding young and mature rabbits include providing a type of food they are used to eating in the wild, such as fresh greens and hay. If feeding rabbits pellets, choose high-quality pellets that are high in fiber. Another tip is to add new food gradually into the old diet, as a sudden change
Mother rabbits feed their babies twice per day. They typically feed them in the morning and in the evening, usually taking no more than five minutes for each feeding.
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.
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.
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.
Wild rabbits eat a variety of foods but the major component of their diet should always be grass. Grass helps keep wild rabbits' digestive tracts working. Twigs and hay also are healthy for wild rabbits.
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.