Baby Rabbit Care Tips and Advices
Rabbits are animals that can get pregnant as much as 5 times a year. In addition, rabbits also animals who have a uterus more than two and allows to have more than one baby at the same time of birth. For rabbit breeders, this is certainly a blessing. But, what about you that only intend to maintain rabbits in small quantities? Of course, this became an obstacle. Therefore, do not unite female rabbits and male rabbits in a cage. Especially if they have a mature age, i.e. at the age of 4-5 months. Or make them a little fat, so they will difficult to reproduce. Rabbits were late mated, will experience infertility naturally.
Well, for those of you who already have your rabbit gave birth to a tiny baby, not hurt you learn to care for them. Who knew this would enable you to open a business rabbits. Here are basic tips to care for baby rabbits that you must know.
Things You Need To Know
There are some basic things that are important for you to understand before taking care of the baby rabbits that had just been born.
The first thing is that even though the parent rabbits make nests for them, but they are not the same as other animals guarding the nest all the time. They look to keep a distance with their babies. For starters definitely will think that it is a real indication that the mother rabbit would not keep her baby. It is not necessarily true because the rabbit to keep a distance from their babies in order not to attract the attention of predators who will prey on the baby. Did you know that rats are the most common predators prey on baby rabbits? Therefore, make sure the rabbit cage completely free from the reach of rats. There must be no gap which could be the entrance to the rats.
The second thing you should know about caring for a baby rabbit is a rabbit mother breastfeeding pattern. Breastfeeding process usually occurs the first time in the evenings on the first day of the baby rabbits are born. Feeding by the mother usually occurs in the middle of the night and in the morning around 5 am.Rabbit’s mother feeding her baby with a duration of approximately 5 minutes. Increasingly, breastfeeding intensity will be reduced, but do not worry because it is natural.
Furthermore, you need to know that the mother rabbit also cleans her baby by licking the baby’s navel area to the rear area. This action is a good stimulant for the baby.
To check whether the baby is cared for by the mother rabbit, get up in the morning and noticed the baby’s stomach. If rounded and it slept in warm, it was treated by the mother. If you are not sure too, you should weigh the baby rabbits. Do not worry about holding the baby rabbits because the mother was not too concerned with human odors left behind on the baby rabbits. After each weighing the baby, record the weight. And then weigh again the next day, if there is weight gain, (usually 1/4 ounces) means the baby was breastfed by its mother.
Many thought that the rabbit is an animal cannibal. This is less true. Cases of cannibalism in rabbits actually rare. Even if happens, usually the mother rabbits only eat baby rabbits which it considers will not survive for a long time. And this is natural. Many experts believe that it is a natural cleansing carried out by the mother rabbit. For if such a weak baby died, and remained in the cage, it will cause problems for the others baby rabbits.
Appropriate Treatment Measures
After learning the basics of the above, it’s time you understand your role in caring for a newborn baby rabbit. After giving birth, the mother rabbit will be more susceptible to stress. Therefore, you have to feed it likes that aggressive behavior can be suppressed. Another thing you should note is when checking the baby rabbits, divert the attention of the mother with food and then holds or check the baby.
At the age of 5 to 10 days, usually the baby rabbits are still not equipped with fur and eyes have not opened properly. Did you know that one of the functions of fur is to warm their bodies? So in these conditions you should pay more attention to the condition of the room. Do not place them in damp and cold. Note also the box where you put the baby and mother. Give pedestal at the base of the box where you put them so that they could be warmer. The pedestal can be from straw or other convenient material.
Caring for a baby rabbit is actually fairly easy because until the age of 3 weeks, they only consume milk from its mother. Only after it turned 19 to 25 days, it began to learn to bite and started to learn foraging along the mother rabbit. Stepping on the 35th day, you can give it feed concentrate to increase their health.
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