What Do Baby Rabbits Eat? A Guide to Raising a Young Bunny
If you have a baby rabbit that doesn’t have access to its mother, you might be wondering “What do baby rabbits eat?”. This is a good question to ask, because the bunny digestive system can be very delicate at first.
Rabbits milk is the most caloric of any mammals milk and can be difficult to replicate. The best replacement milk you can find is Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) which can be bought at pet stores, and some times even your local supermarket. Even so, this milk is not as caloric as the rabbit needs, so a good idea is to add a tablespoon of cream to each can. This will mix well and raise the caloric content to a level that baby rabbits need.
You should only be feeding baby bunnies twice a day. I suggest using an eye dropper or oral syringe. Oral syringe works best because you can measure how much you’re giving them. You can find these at any pharmacy.
In addition to the kitten milk replacer, I also highly recommend adding acidophilus to the mixture. Acidophilus comes in capsule form and can be found at a health store, or pharmacy. Acidophilus is the general name for a group of probiotics that can help the digestion process greatly.
How much should you be feeding the bunny?
Here are some daily feeding guidelines you should be using for a 5-6 pound bunny:
As a newborn, start with 5 CC’s of KMR and half a capsule of acidophilus.
1 Week move onto 10-15 CC’s of KMR and half a capsule of acidophilus
2 Weeks move onto 25-30 CC’s of KMR and a full capsule of acidophilus
3 Weeks and until weaned stay at a good 30 CC’s of KMR with a full capsulte of acidophilus.
If you’re raising a pet bunny it’s important to understand all that goes into taking care of these furry creatures. That’s why I recommend investing in a bunny care guide that will teach you everything you need to know about taking care of rabbits.
Rick is the author of What Do Rabbits Eat? a guide to bunny nutrition.
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