Malnourished or a Peanut?

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Rexie, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Rexie

    Rexie New Member

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    We have two rabbits given to us at different times, that we have been caring for for about a year now. They have accidentally been in the same pen twice, and lo and behold, I came out to find a kit that had apparently been born about three days ago! Needless to say, we were super suprised, but excited. Upon examination, there is only the one in the litter. I could tell it had nursed before because of the milk residue, but I don't think it has nursed in at least 48 hours now.
    I know the does don't sit by the nest, but the Kit's stomach is not big at all and the skin is wrinkly and "tents." I had a hard time bottle feeding but I did get my doe to lay beautifully on my lap this evening to allow it to nurse. My question is, is the baby a peanut so my doe has stopped caring for it or could it be having a hard time finding the teats because of all of the hair? I posted a pic. It has no litter mates for me to compare it to and I've never had a newborn rabbit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! IMG_20170716_162915.jpg
     
  2. ladytoysdream

    ladytoysdream Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you can get your doe to nurse it with you helping till baby gets a bit bigger and stronger,
    then it maybe able to fend for itself. You may have to help it several times a day.
    Having a willing doe is a big plus.
    I currently have a Dutch who only had 2 this time. Normal for her is like 5 or 6. Those
    babies are fat and growing fast :)
     

  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR hillbilly farmgirl

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    How is the little one today?