· Hired Hand
Can anyone offer any advice on milk replacement / formulas and bottle feeding rabbits? I typically leave the rabbits to their own devices when it comes to nurturing the kits but the last litter of 11 died this weekend, as the young, first time doe would not sit on the nest to allow the newborns to nurse. Knowing this, I either need to cull the doe now or be better prepared to care for the little ones next time around on the case this happens again. I realize that bottle feeding is not the ideal situation, as the kits will be deprived of colostrums. However, I would prefer to rest her, then breed her again rather than cull her straight away, considering she is one of the better (physically anyway) does in the herd. Any advice and / or opinions are welcome. Thanks!