How do you care for newborn bunnies?

Serious answers only, please. I don't need anyone telling me to eat them. I just rescued an adult rabbit from the animal shelter 2 weeks ago. I was told that the workers at the animal shelter didn't know whether it was a male or a female. I had planned on taking the rabbit to the vet, but before I could, she gave birth to 5 babies. It completely caught me off-guard and I was totally unprepared. She actually gave birth in my son's blanket on our sofa. As much as I didn't want to handle the babies, I had to get them off of the furniture and into a box I had filled with soft blankets. I did so about 5 minutes after they were born. All of this took place around 11 am on Monday morning. I have been watching the mother with the babies ever since, and I have yet to see her nurse the little ones. She protects them, but from far away. Occasionally she'll jump in the box with them, but she gets right back out. I went to the pet store and bought some K.M.R., but I don't want to use it... Obviously, it would be best for the mother to feed the babies, but I'm just not sure if she is. Their tummies were fat when they were born, but now they are getting kind of skinny. They seem healthy, but I don't know if they've been fed. If not, how long can they go without food? I've ready several articles about this, and everything said not to worry and that the mother feeds them when no one's looking, but I've been keeping a close eye on her. Maybe she's feeding them when I'm asleep, but is that enough for the babies if so?

Asked By: georgia_mommy - 4/18/2007
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You will need to help the Mom feed the babies, If need be hold her down so the the baby bunnies can feed, you may need to help them find the nips. Most bunnies only eat once in the wild but you can do this once in the morning and once at night. The Mom may be more than willing to nurse them once she understands it is... More
Answered By: nadreptilesru - 4/18/2007
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i'm not sure but i would like you to know that male parents often eat their young or animals believed to be theirs, so be careful if you ever decide to mix them with a male rabbit
Answered By: ttbl - 4/18/2007
its very hard to take care of baby bunnies. try not to touch them the mother will not want anything to do with them. if she is not nursing them then get a formula located at a pet store or goats milk and get an eye dropper to feed them... More
Answered By: bubbly - 4/18/2007
She should be fine. Just let her be. Touching the babies is fine. Contrary to popular belief, animals don't reject their babies because of that.
Answered By: sniffydogs - 4/18/2007
leave them alone, if they are still alive today then she is taking care of them. she wont stay with them alot just to feed them. they get really hot even though they are hairless, my mother rabbits sit on top of the box most of the time. I never see her feed them, she just does. make sure mom has lots of water and... More
Answered By: gigi34 - 4/18/2007
Please ! you've to lend a hand. The mother will nurse the little bunnies, but the it's not enough. Here's what you can do. Get seated and place a cloth on your lap, and slowly rest the mother on it , with its tummy faced up. Now get the little bunnies and place them on its n*****s for them to feed. Do this twice a day... More
Answered By: stevlm - 4/18/2007
Really, when it comes to touching kits, it all depends on the mother. If she knows your sent and trusts you, she's not going to be bothered if you handle her young. If you're scared about handling the kits, you can always pet the doe(rub her sent on your hands), or do the same with timothy hay... More
Answered By: aerosmithluvin - 4/18/2007
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