How to Keep a Wild Baby Rabbit Alive: THIS Is What They Need

How to Keep a Wild Baby Rabbit Alive

Want to keep that wild baby rabbit alive?

Want to save a life, be the hero, feel that warm fuzzy feeling?

But dang, it's frustrating when you haven't got a clue, huh?

Don't fret, because today's guide has all the answers.

Get ready to be the rabbit whisperer! 😊

Understanding the Needs of a Wild Baby Rabbit

You gotta understand how important it is to know the needs of wild baby rabbits, especially since they don't have a great chance of surviving without their mom.

So here are some key things you should remember:

  1. Give these little bunnies something to keep their brains busy by putting safe toys in their habitat. Stuff like untreated wicker baskets or cardboard tubes can be perfect for them to play with.
  2. Try not to touch them unless you really have to. Sometimes these babies aren't actually abandoned, so it's better not to disturb them if their mom is around.
  3. To figure out if they're orphaned, do a little string test. Put pieces of cotton or string in the nest overnight and see if they move. If there's no sign of the mother and everything stays still, you might need to step in.
  4. If those little rabbits look all scattered, cold, and wrinkly, it could mean they've been abandoned. Also, if the temperature drops below 65-70°F, they might need your help.
  5. Don't jump to conclusions too fast and assume they've been left behind. Mom rabbits tend to feed their babies on and off and may leave them alone sometimes.
  6. If a wild baby rabbit keeps crying throughout the day and you're sure the mom is gone, then keep reading to find out how to nurse them back to health.
  7. You gotta understand that caring for these wild baby rabbits ain't easy, and even with your best efforts, their chances of survival without their mom aren't great.

These tips will help you take care of wild baby rabbits, but it's always a good idea to seek advice from a wildlife professional.

Main points I'll expand upon further down this article:

  1. Select the right milk replacer (kitten or goat milk)
  2. Introduce solid foods at two weeks old, continue milk for six weeks
  3. Stimulate elimination by massaging belly and anogenital region
  4. Feed using syringe, bottle, or shallow dish, avoiding daytime feeding
  5. Take injured baby rabbits to a qualified professional
  6. Common issues: spinal cord injuries, head tilt, infections, dehydration
  7. Provide warmth and return to nest if mother is present
  8. Clean wounds with antiseptic solution, seek vet help for older or infected wounds
  9. Gently scoop and place baby rabbits in a box
  10. Regularly check on them throughout the day

But guess what?

There's more to learn about caring for wild baby rabbits.

In the next section, we'll delve into the essential components of their diet and discuss how to feed these little ones with precision.

You won't want to miss out on this crucial information...

Creating a Secure and Comfortable Habitat for a Wild Baby Rabbit

Creating a Secure and Comfortable Habitat for a Wild Baby Rabbit
Make the little wild rabbit feel safe and snug by giving it plenty of hiding spots - like cardboard boxes or PVC pipe tunnels. Make a cozy bed with fluffy cotton or bunny fur, and keep it warm with a towel-wrapped water bottle. Don't forget to let some air in, but cover the top of the nest just enough.

When looking after wild baby rabbits, you ought to make sure they feel secure and cozy.

Here are some tips that can help:

  1. Give them hiding spots: Find small cardboard boxes or PVC pipe tunnels to mimic the natural shelters where rabbits find comfort.
  2. Make a makeshift nest: Take a shallow cardboard box and fill it with clean cotton wadding or bunny fur. Cover it with a small towel to recreate a nurturing nest when these little rabbits don't have their mother around.
  3. Keep the nest warm: Stay away from electric heating pads since they can be dangerous. Instead, wrap a warm water bottle in a soft towel and place it inside the nest for warmth.
  4. Control the temperature correctly: For the first two weeks, maintain the nest temperature between 95-98 degrees Fahrenheit. As time passes, slowly lower it to match the room temperature.
  5. Provide alternative habitat options: You can also use a clean shoe box filled with straw or clean towels as another dwelling for these adorable creatures.
  6. Extra warmth if needed: If the room is chilly, you can put a warm water bottle under a towel to provide additional warmth. Alternatively, a heating pad could also do the trick.
  7. Don't forget about air circulation: To ensure the right amount of fresh air, cover the top of the box with a second towel. Just ensure to leave a slight opening for proper ventilation. 🐇

And I know you might be wondering how to properly care for and raise these adorable baby bunnies.

In my How to Take Care of Baby Bunnies guide, I share expert tips and techniques that will help you provide the best care for these precious creatures.

Proper Feeding and Nutrition for a Wild Baby Rabbit

Gradually introduce solid foods to baby rabbits at two weeks old

Feeding baby rabbits is something you want to get right.

And part of that is introducing solid foods when they're around two weeks old. But here's the thing, you still need to give them milk until they're six weeks old. So it's all about finding the right balance between milk and solid food.

Choose the best milk replacer for your baby rabbit

Let's have a chat about milk replacers.

Not all milks are suitable for feeding baby rabbits.

Stay away from cow's milk because, guess what?

It's not easily digestible for these little furry pals.

Instead, go for some kitten milk replacer or goat milk.

Those are the options that will keep their tiny bellies happy and healthy.

And if you really want to boost their diet, mix in some cecotropes.

They're essential for their development, so make sure to blend those into the milk mixture too.

Feeding techniques and dosages to nourish your baby rabbit

Now, let's talk about how to actually feed these adorable little creatures.

First things first, make sure you have the right tools, like a syringe, bottle, or even a shallow dish, depending on your baby rabbit's age. Always feed them while they're upright to keep their little tummies content. And here's a pro tip for you...

After each feeding, try giving their belly and anogenital region a gentle massage.

It'll help stimulate elimination and keep everything moving smoothly.

As for the dosage and frequency of milk feeding, it changes as your baby rabbit grows up.

But a safe bet is to feed them twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, without going over 30cc per feeding. Keep in mind that rabbits are nocturnal creatures, so avoid feeding them during the day if you want to keep them happy and healthy.

Now that you know how to properly feed and nourish a wild baby rabbit, I bet you're wondering what other health issues you should be aware of.

Well, let me tell you...

Identifying and Addressing Common Health Issues in Wild Baby Rabbits

Survival of wild baby rabbits depends on how well you identify and address their common health issues.

Identifying and Addressing Common Health Issues in Wild Baby Rabbits
You gotta make sure those wild baby rabbits survive. Stick to a schedule when you feed 'em, get help for any injuries they got, keep an eye out for dehydration, clean up their wounds the right way, and don't forget to wear gloves when you handle those little guys.

Remember these important points:

  1. Stick to a consistent feeding schedule to regulate digestion and prevent gastrointestinal problems.
  2. If a baby rabbit gets injured, don't hesitate to seek help from a vet or wildlife rehabilitator for proper treatment.
  3. Look out for signs of spinal cord injuries, head tilt, infections, and dehydration as common health issues.
  4. Lethargy in baby rabbits may be due to dehydration, starvation, or other underlying health conditions.
  5. To revive seemingly lifeless rabbits, warm them up and put them back in their nest if the mother is present.
  6. For fresh wounds, clean them with antiseptic. Older or infected wounds should be treated by a vet.
  7. Remember to handle wild animals with gloved hands to protect yourself from diseases.
  8. Thin and blue-skinned babies indicate malnourishment and need immediate attention.

Keeping these health concerns in mind and taking the necessary action will contribute to the well-being of wild baby rabbits.

Building Trust and Developing a Safe Relationship With a Wild Baby Rabbit

To familiarize wild baby rabbits with your presence, spend short periods near their habitat.

This gradual approach allows them to observe you from a safe distance. When ready, gently scoop the baby rabbit out of its nest using your cupped hand and place it in a box. Throughout the day, be vigilant in checking on the rabbit's well-being.

After feeding, return the bunny to the box, carefully limiting excessive handling to prioritize their safety and foster a sense of trust.

By adhering to these steps, you can ensure the welfare and development of the young rabbit.

And that's a wrap for today.

If you wanna read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: Removing Mats From Rabbit Fur, How to Protect Rabbits From Predators, How Do Rabbits Stay Warm in Winter, Are Blankets Suitable for Rabbits' Hutches, and Is It Safe to Bathe a Rabbit

Until next time,

-Lucy Larson

Lucy Larson

Hey there, my name is Lucy Larson, and this is my blog, Rabbitia. Here you'll find all kinds of super useful guides on rabbit care, health and wellness, diet, hydration, and so on. So make yourself at home because this is the place for all rabbit owners, new and experienced alike! :)