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.
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.
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.
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.
A mother rabbit may eat her babies because something has frightened her or because she is skittish and confused. She may also be suffering from a dietary deficiency.
Rabbits like to eat plenty of grass and grass hay, but pellets and greens can be added to their diet. They also eat seeds, tree barks, tender twigs and fruits. Ideally, their diet should mimic the wild as much as possible. High fiber content in their diet is crucial to their digestion.
Rabbits eat timothy-grass, hay, fruit, flowers, pellets and fresh vegetables. Hay is the main staple of the pet rabbit diet and should comprise 90 percent of what their diet.
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.
Foxes, bobcats, dogs, hawks and owls are various predators of rabbits. Snakes, crows and red squirrels consume rabbits on occasion. Humans also kill many rabbits, both deliberately as small game hunters and inadvertently when they run them over with their cars.
Fences, habitat removal, trunk guards, repellents and deterrent plants are some of the methods that are effective at keeping rabbits out of the garden and from eating plants. If these measures fail, trapping rabbits with live traps and relocating or eliminating them is a last resort.