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Momma_Rose

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I have been bottle feeding 4 kits since they were just under a week, as we lost momma. they are 3 weeks and one day now. They are taking the milk replacement great but don’t seem to be wanting the pellets much. Im knew at this. And just need some advice
 

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3 weeks and one day seems a bit young to eat pellets. Kits typically start eating-pellets at 6-8 weeks old. At least that how it was when I had babies.
 

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Just provide lots of free fed good horse quality(no mold, never been wet, no noxious weeds) soft grass hay for them to nibble on. Grass hay is a far better first solid food for baby rabbits, as it's less likely to cause digestive problems than pellets do, due to baby rabbits difficulty digesting starches. Eventually they will start to nibble on pellets, but it's much better for them to do it as they get a bit older, and only very gradually to minimize the risks of it causing enteritis. And if you can afford a good quality pet brand like oxbow, sherwood, science select, etc, these will be less likely to cause digestive problems, than some of the bulk commercial pellets, due to the higher quality ingredients and lower starch levels.
 
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Normally, when kits are between 3-4 weeks old they will start to nibble on mom’s pellets while still nursing. Because yours were unable to nurse normally it could take longer for them to get adjusted to pellets. Push hay and start very slowly on pellets.
 

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