Rabbits reproduce faster than most conventional pets. It’s common to hear a family struggling to deal with the Baby Rabbits just after a month of adopting a pair of rabbits. That’s why it’s imperative that you understand how to deal with your rabbit having babies before things get out of hand.
Making Sure the Mother Is Healthy
To avoid complications with the pregnancy, the doe should be kept in absolute top shape. To do this, she should be kept on a healthy diet consisting of the right amount of fiber, fat, and protein. Furthermore, she must be provided a constant, clean water supply to avoid diseases.
Keep the Buck Away
Rabbits have a higher libido than most conventional household pets and it’s quite likely that the buck will impregnate the doe as soon as she gives birth, which would make her unable to ween the first litter properly. The best way to do this is to keep them in separate enclosures, but close to each other so that they don’t feel lonely. Rabbits have quite a strong bond and just being in close proximity will help reduce the stress of the pregnancy on the doe.
Preparing Baby Rabbits Nest
Baby bunnies need constant warmth because they are born without any fur. To provide this, prepare a nest box with bedding materials to keep them collected and warm in one place. The Baby Rabbits Nest box should be slightly larger than the size of the doe with a lip to keep the baby rabbits from leaving. It’s best to place the nest box opposite of the mother’s cage so that they can constantly see her and she can keep an eye on them.
Check on The Babies
Rabbits normally give birth at night or during the early hours of the morning. It’s most likely that you’ll wake up one morning to find a litter of baby bunny in the nest box you prepared. The first thing you absolutely must do is check on them to see if any kittens did not survive the process. It sometimes happens that a few do not make it. They need to be removed from the others as soon as possible, along with any placenta or afterbirth. The mother should be comfortable with you handling the babies as your scent will be familiar to her.
Keep the Mother Well-fed
Ensure that the doe has constant access to clean drinking water and plenty of food. She needs this to produce enough milk to properly sustain the litter. After birth, the doe will eat and drink more than she used to. Therefore, constant checking on her sustenance is necessary. Keeping the mother well-fed will also reduce the chance of her cannibalising any of the babies.
Make Sure the Mother is Nursing the Kittens
It’s natural for the doe to be away from the nest for hours at a time, that’s their basic instinct. You will most likely never catch her nursing the kits but there is a way to check if the kits have been nursed or not. The kits won’t be mewing and will instead be silent. Furthermore, they will have round tummies from being fed and will be warm.