Last Updated on January 15, 2024 by ellen
If you are curious about how to take care of a baby rabbit, keep reading. Here is everything you need to take care of newborn baby rabbits at home.
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Take Care of a Baby Rabbit
We had a Netherland Dwarf bunny for many years. And, I’ve learned that having a bunny as a pet is so much fun.
When you found a wild baby rabbit or you are caring for a domestic baby rabbit, the care is about the same. Here are some tips to take care of a baby bunny.
As with any pet, a bunny will need to have certain things to be safe, healthy, and happy. It’s fairly easy to take care of a bunny as long as you keep these things in mind.
Ideally, you will lave the baby bunny’s care to the mama rabbit. She really does know best.
When it’s old enough, it can go to a new home. So, are rabbits good pets for children? Learn more about how to take care of baby rabbits before you bring it home.
An indoor rabbit house
So, if you’re wondering how to take care of a baby rabbit that is a pet, make sure you check with the pet store. Your baby bunny will need a safe spot to live in your house. Even if you let your bunny move around the house, they still need some type of hutch or bunny cage to live in.
Make sure that your bunny cage is big enough so they can move around. And, they will need to get out and have access to a safe room for at least a few hours a day.
Make sure your home is bunny proof
Your rabbit will need to be out of their cage and allowed to explore the room they are housed in. Make sure that this area is bunny proof.
Remember that rabbits like to chew wood so cover the baseboard with plastic guards. This holds true for book cases as well as wires, house plants, and anything else your rabbit can get to.
Fresh hay for food and bedding
When it comes to how to take care of a baby rabbit, remember that your bunny’s diet should be mostly hay. Baby bunnies will get alfalfa. Adult rabbits will get timothy hay or oat may.
I found that a hay feeder was the best place to store hay. When we bought it, we got it from our local farm supply store. Make sure you specify hay for food rather than hay for bedding. The quality is higher for food.
When it comes to baby bunny care, high quality hay is very important.
How many babies to rabbits have?
So, how many babies do bunnies have? Typically, a rabbit will have 5 babies. But, the number can range from 1 to 12.
When do baby rabbits stop nursing?
Generally after 8 weeks old the baby rabbit will slowly grow less interested in nursing. The mother rabbit slowly weans the baby naturally.
What do baby rabbits eat?
Depending on how old your baby rabbit is, you may need to feed them kitten milk replacer. You can add one extra tablespoon of 100% heavy whipping cream (no sugar) to each can of milk replacer for added calories.
As your baby rabbit gets older, it will enjoy fresh greens and rabbit pellets as well. And, you will want to make sure that they have fresh water daily.
An easy way to ensure that your bunny has fresh grass is by using a Bunny Lawn. This will give them a grassy area to play on and nibble on all year round.
All you need to do is to open the box. Then, it’s all set for your bunny to enjoy. This makes baby rabbit care so much easier.
You can order petit or grande depending on the size of your bunny. Set up a convenient subscription service so you always have fresh grass.
Hydroponically grown outdoors at a sunny sod farm in California. It is all-natural and disposable.
Bunnies like to potty in one specific area. So when they are young, make sure that you set up a litter box near their food and water dishes.
Just use a bit of recycled newspaper pellet litter in the bottom. Do NOT use traditional cat litter in the box.
You don’t want your rabbit to get bored. So, when it comes to how to take care of a baby rabbit, remember to offer them something to chew on.
This can be as simple as a cardboard box. Just be sure you have removed the tape and labels on the box before giving it to them.
Bunnies are very clean and will groom themselves. However, when they molt, you will need to brush them to get rid of the extra hair. If you have Angora rabbit, you may need to groom them to keep their hair neat.
You will also want to bring them to a vet that’s familiar with rabbits. That way, they can clip their nails and make sure that your bunny is healthy.
Summary of how to take care of a baby rabbit
- Bunny house
- Rabbit proof room
- Fresh hay
- Food, kitten milk replacer, and fresh water
- Litter box
- Regular vet visits
- Do indoor rabbits need bedding?
- Homemade formula for kittens
- Alternatives to cat litter
- Fun toys for hamsters
Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.