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Goats milk would be better than kitten replacer
 

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Check the does nipples if any are red, inflamed, or look different than the others. Kits getting sick and dying off could be the result of Mastitis.

Handfeeding is a really last resort for me, didn't have too much success, and I avoid getting too attached. I importet some cans of condensed goat milk (Walmart) for that purpose, can't get that over here.
Rabbit milk is something special, much richer than others.

About handfeeding, read up here, start with the stickies:
http://rabbittalk.com/kindling-and-care-of-does-and-kits-f47.html

Good luck
 

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heck the does nipples if any are red, inflamed, or look different than the others. Kits getting sick and dying off could be the result of Mastitis.
thanks for the advice. i will check as soon as i get home
 

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A suitable milk powder sure is much easier to use than mixing a formula from goat milk, egg yolk, and syrup.

@Eve84 Did you successfully use this, and do you know what the shelf life is approximatly?
 

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i would like to try hand feeding. i cant seem to find a local place that sells milk replacer for bunnies. would kitten (for cats) milk replacer work?
You have mother and she feeds other ones so there is no point in using replacements if she's healthy and have enough milk, just try to feed the wrinkled one keeping it close to her nipples. If you worry if she has enough milk make sure she drinks lots of water and has unlimited pellets, also give her some rolled oats. Those replacements are for if you don't have mother or any other chance to get natural milk so I wouldn't start with them unless there is absolutely no other option.
 

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thank you @Eve84 ! i appreciate it. i actually live in the US. i tried looking it up on amazon but i cant seem to find it...
 
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sadly, were down to three kits! i dont know what the issue is. ! @Preitler, i want to check for mastitis but i need another person to help me with it. she doesnt really enjoy being held, and if im gonna turn her over, im definitely gonna need another person... im going to have to wait until someone is available to help me. ill keep you updated after i check.
 

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@zupper i dont know if shes feeding the kits enough. i picked them up before, and their stomachs were not round; maybe even a bit wrinkled. im worried since two out of five have already passed on. they are quite active tho, and were wiggling out of my hands.
 

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as i picked one of the kits up, it made a squeaking sound. why would it do that?
 

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i picked up the doe to check her nipples for mastitis. they were really hard to find. i think they look ok, but im not sure with all the fur on her stomach. while holding her, i noticed there was something on her rear end, possibly dried blood. what could that be from?
 

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That squeaking sound usually means they are too hot or too cold.
If they are the correct temperature, it could mean starvation.
 

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That squeaking sound usually means they are too hot or too cold.
If they are the correct temperature, it could mean starvation.
oh no! what is the most likely cause? i dont think they are too hot. the basement that they are in is on the chilly side even with the radiator i have going on full blast for them. so maybe they're too cold? how can i get them warmer? but it just may be that they are hungry. they do look a little thin to me. but it was only one kit making that sound...
 

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I always give infants a baby blanket. They sell nice small fleece ones at Dollar Tree, or if those are not in stock, I buy the car cleaning cloth from the automotive aisle. It's basically just a small fleece blanket.
In a pinch, you can use a t-shirt or warm scarf.
 

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I have raised a lot of orphans/rejected babies. It's hard work and a lot of times heartbreaking. Body temperature is vital. They should be a nice warm temperature to the touch, not too hot but not cool or just lukewarm.
 

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