Care for a newborn rabbit
- 07 Sep 08:30
- First Ages of Life
- Hygiene Issues and Feeding
- Development Stages of
Rabbits The appearance of toddlers is always accompanied by a hassle. And newborn rabbits are no exception. Externally newborn rabbits look interesting, they are practically completely devoid ofcoats. They also do not have eyesight and hearing. The formation of the wool begins on the second day after birth, and eyes open only on the tenth day. To be replenished in the rabbit family, care should be taken to protect the animals from many troubles.
The first few weeks of life
Experienced rabbits know how important it is to provide rabbits with a quiet and cozy place to nibble. It is equally important to check whether live newborn rabbits immediately after the family's mother leaves the nest box. From the rabbit you can expect some aggressiveness. Therefore, you need to act very carefully and in no case to disturb or scare it. It is best to make a distracting "maneuver" in the form of treating something delicious. Yes, you can distract the animal for a time sufficient for the inspection of small rabbits.
Touching the cubs, the rabbits can not react very much to the odor of a person, but it is still necessary to act with caution. First of all, it is necessary to remove dead rabbits. They are easy to detect: they will be cold. Heavily ill will also need to be cleaned so as not to infect the entire brood.
If there were a lot of rabbits, it makes sense to sow some part of a female that does not have a very large litter. Before arranged "bastards", the female will need to be transferred from the cell to another place for about half an hour.
Krolenit need to be thoroughly cleaned from the particles of another's mother's nest and fluff. Having enclosed small migrants in the very center of the nest, you need to cover them with a feather and then start the rabbit. Some time will have to watch her behave.
Basically, as mothers of females, rabbits appear to be very caring. If the adoptive mother begins to behave aggressively, other people's cubs are better to move to another nest. There are cases when the female kills other people's cubs. At the same time, it can destroy its own.
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Hygiene and feeding issues
Small rabbits require no less care from the hygiene point of view than human infants. The cage will have to be cleaned more often than usual. It is especially important to ensure that the bedding is dry. If it is thin or excessively saturated with moisture, there is a risk of overcooling, which may cause small rabbits to become infected with lungs.
The temperature inside the slot is of great importance. A well-fed nest, even at low external temperatures, can provide a comfortable mode of staying rabbits( about 30 ° C).If the nest is poorly designed, the temperature inside will not rise above 20 ° C.In this case, the rabbits are showing great concern and, bumping and constantly moving, can even cause further damage to the poorly fortified bottom and the walls of the nest.
Generally, rabbits are very tasty animals. Therefore, they do not need any additional care. All that is required to ensure cleanliness, the rabbit will do it for herself.
The right of the owner - to clean the cell in a timely manner, to observe the activity of children( in patients with rabbits it decreases), to ensure that the bowl constantly has clean, fresh water.
With regard to feeding, in the first weeks of life it is not necessary to worry about additional nutrition of newborn rabbits. They will get everything they need with their mother's milk. But to ensure the conditions for normal feeding will have to.
It is necessary to protect the family from strangers, noise - it can scare the rabbit and adversely affect the rabbits.
A solid baby is seen from the first glance: the tumor grows elastic, fluffy, no folds. If the rabbits get little milk, they will need additional milking. Goat milk is also good, although it is less greasy. Ready-to-eat nutritional mixes can be purchased at specialized veterinary items. Some rabbits believe that conventional infant formula will also be accepted. In any case, if it is necessary to artificially feed the rabbit, it will be best to consult a veterinarian.
Many people are worried about the question: what to replace mother's nipples? The crests are so tiny. Veterinary pharmacies can offer specialist sets for newborns, which are a syringe with nozzles of various sizes. From the materials you can use a normal syringe without a needle.
When feeding babies, it is not necessary to force the mixture into the oral cavity, as it can enter the respiratory tract and damage the carrot. It is best to put a mixture on the area around the mouth, then the baby will be able to lick milk on his own. Place the body of rabbits during feeding is required vertically.
So that rabbits develop normally from the first days of life, they need to eat well. The daily requirement for the diet of a separate rabbit is 4-5 ml of milk or a mixture per day.
And this amount is given not once, but is broken down on the number of feedings, on average from 2 to 5. The frequency will depend on the baby and his appetite. Frequent feeding is also not recommended because it takes too much of a baby's weight.
A few days later, rabbits are already accustomed to an artificial "nipple", become more bolder and can absorb more and more milk. Stomach cramping should not be allowed.
The main thing - to keep absolute cleanliness with artificial feeding. Babies in the early stages of life have not yet developed immunity, so microorganisms coming from outside, can adversely affect a not-fortified organism.
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Development stages of rabbits
Rabbits are born completely unprotected. Before reaching a stable condition, young individuals will have to spend up to 3 months.
Their development takes place in several stages:
When planting young animals, it's important to take into account that this process is a great stress for them. New conditions, the transition to "adult" feeding and, as a consequence, stress can cause mortality of young animals.
First you need to select the most healthy and strong individuals and plant in separate cells for 3-4 rabbits from a single brood. It is better to leave weaker babies with your mother for a while. It is also practiced to leave the rabbit with the rest of the individuals in a separate cage. So rabbits will be more likely to get used to independent life, because their habitat does not change, and therefore, the stress is slightly smaller.
It is often the case that a mother is able to give up her rabbits. This can happen for several reasons: due to lack of milk or stress. Sometimes the reason for the refusal is the desire for a strong hunt, it happens immediately after the fire. Being in this state, the female simply does not let go of rabbits, does not feed them and even can trample. In this case, it is better to remove the rabbit from the nest or arrange a new bundle, after which it should calm down and normally feed the babies.
Do not worry if the rabbit mother is not at all times with her cubs: rabbits come only to feed offspring( as needed).Do not be scared if your younger rabbit misses the first one. The main thing is not to lose hope, to exercise perseverance and to take care of your wards.