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  1. Oregon1986

    Oregon1986 Well-Known Member

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    I went out this morning to find my rex mama dead. She just had kits 5 days ago. I have another Dutch bunny who also had kits day after,can I add babies to hers? I really want to save these babies. The mama that's still alive had a large litter of 9 but 6 died to my own stupidity of not seeing a hole in cage where cats got to her babies. The mama who just passed had 4 babies. I'm so sad and clueless as to why my rabbit died. It's been hot here but she was in shade and had plenty of water
     
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    cfuhrer Wood Nymph / Toxophilite

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    They are a little old but I would give it a try.

    Put vanilla extract on everyone's noses (I would do some around the baby's tails too) and distract mom with a piece of lettuce then put the babies in the nest box.

    The worst that could happen is she rejects them and you're back to the prospect of bottle feeding. (absolute worst is she kills them but if you hang out while she inspects and counts you should be able to remove them if need be).
     

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    If she rejects them and I have to bottle feed,how often do I feed?
     
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    cfuhrer Wood Nymph / Toxophilite

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    Full disclosure: I have never grafted, nor bottle raised rabbits. This is all from reading and memory.

    Rabbits only feed kits for ten to fiften minutes every 24 hours.

    I'm silly and would probably do two shorter feedings
     
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    Yes try. Put a dab of vanilla on new mommas nose so she will only smell that, not the new babies. By the time it wears off they will all smell like hers.Usually it works, I have even fostered wild bunnies onto domestic and different breeds and ages including Rex and Dutch back and forth. The rabbits aren't prejudiced. The temperament of the does will make the difference and if she has strong mother instincts. Most Dutch are super mothers. Keep her feed quality and quantity up to help her make max milk, maybe even a tsp or so if calf manna.
     
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    Thank you this helps a lot.
     
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    I put vanilla on Mama's nose and moved the babies into her box. I covered them in her hair to try and make them smell like her. Anything I can feed her to up her milk supply?
     
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    Keep clean water in front of her 2x a day.
    Keep her pellet dish full.
    Fresh hay in a hay rack full.
    I give mine a treat bowl with dry cereal in it.
    Just plain cereal with no sugar added. Mine like mini wheat the best.
    Maybe a small piece of dandelion leaf. Nothing in huge amounts of greens
    as that will cause the poop to become runny.
     
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    cfuhrer Wood Nymph / Toxophilite

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    Leafy greens like lettuce are also bad news for curious young bunnies just leaving the box.
     
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    I have bottle raised or bottle supplemented several times over the years, most were successful. As rabbits feed only 1-2 times per day, their milk is very rich compared to most mammals. I make a formula of 1 cup whole milk or goat milk if available, 1 egg yolk well mixed in, 1/2 tsp of UNSULFERED molasses, and a couple of drops of baby/puppy/kitten vitamins. Be careful if bottle feeding as is easy to aspirate and give them lung problems. In order to avoid this I use a Qtip they suck and then use the bottle to keep the qtip wet. As a creep feed starting when they get out of the nest box I use grape nuts ( they are small and easy to eat, while grain and vitamin enriched) with a little powdered milk sprinkled on them. This is good if mom wants to nibble, too.
     
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    Thank you. The babies aren't crying but they are flopping around all over
     
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    yes! a dutch should take the new babies without much trouble! I used to always keep a few dutch doe for just this reason!! they will mother anyone's kits!! best mothers on earth!! that I know of!! best wishes!!!
     
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    How are the babies, Tiffany?
     
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    They are all doing good,one died few days ago but I think she accidentally jumped on it. They are all starting to open their eyes now
     
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