Orphan rabbits, advice?

Discussion in 'The Tailgate' started by dblevens, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. We found three little baby rabbits today, and the wife is wanting to try and raise them. I've never had any luck with little rabbits, and these don't even have their eyes open. But they're swampers, so I wanted to give it a try. Anybody got any advice? Thanks.
  2. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    Wish I could help you out Blev but the only thing I would suggest is to google the topic and see what comes up. I imagine you have your work cut out for you, good luck.


  3. Ripmochiro

    Ripmochiro New Member

    We successfully raised one and released it into the wild when it was eating
    solid food. We used kitten milk replacer (the package will tell you the
    amount and how often to feed per weight). They also sell small bottles with
    nipples. If that doesn't work, a syringe or eyedropper does. If I remember
    correctly, I fed it every 3 hours, even at night. When it got a little older,
    I fed it rabbit pellets like you feed tame rabbits. We kept him for about
    6 weeks. When we found it, it didn't have it's eyes open either. It did
    great. I kept it in a cardboard box and made a little den out of a towel or
    soft cloth. Best of luck!
  4. I've raised cottontails a few times. I fed them Similac for babbies with a small bottle or eye dropper. I would take them outside and put them in a little round pen on the ground and let them eat grass when they got big enough. One thing I do know is they love white clover flowers and it will kill them. Don't know how or why but it happened twice. Good luck.
  5. how are the Orphan rabbits doing?
  6. didnt make it through the first week.:down: I was afraid they wouldn't but we gave it a shot.
  7. i hate to hear that