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Ok plz plz be gentle with your answers.
We have a momma who about 4.5-5 weeks ago had her first little (we had no idea she was preggers!!). Only 2 survived because we did not know where she had the babies. She had 6 but only 2 made it 😔💔

Well we did our best to keep the male away from her, but she had another littler last week (5 total all alive) in her hutch.
We have 3 out of the 5 tht are weaker, which we noticed today while cleaning out the hutch to put in fresh hay and remove the wet stuff.
We got some kitten replacement milk to help supplement mommas milk. One is so thin and dehydrated, but was eating drop by drop I hope it makes it.

But the other 2 older ones, when can we wean them officially and give them to new homes. We are not breeders but nature just happened.

They are indoor rabbits and live lol fe good lol.
 

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You can wean the two older ones but dont give them to new homes yet. Weaning is a stressful time physicall, especially when you wean them young and you shouldn't compound that stress with the stress of also changing homes. Its not good to sell any rabbit younger than 8 weeks. You could wean them and keep them separate, making sure they spend the few weeks adjusting to solid food before finding them a new home at 8 weeks.
 

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I know they can’t go until abt Thanksgiving. But they are big babies lol. They eat everything mom does❤️
I am thinking of giving them their own cage so momma can focus on the wee ones in the hutch.
Here are the 2 older ones!! Baguette and a croissant
The dad’s name is Biscuit and Mom is Zeus lol. We did not know their genders right away when we
Got the parents so hence the names lol
 

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Best to get the bigger baby buns out and also to seperate the male all together from all the buns, until he can get neutered.
Males have been known to kill kits if they have the opportunity.

Keep an eye on the little one because it may need to be fed through a syringe which could be an issue in its own.

You'll need to get your momma fixed asap too, so she doesn't have any more surprise litters.
Also, if they are left intact female bunnies are prone to cervical cancer.

Keep us posted 👍
 

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We are going to get the bigger babes a small play pen type thing with a hutch and littler box and play area.
Daddy bun is staying solo.
We lost one of the smaller kits this AM. I went to feed him and he died over night 😔💔 I cried, it’s part of life growing up
On a farm we lost lambs and other livestock so it’s something I am use too but it still hurt.
There are 2 more smaller ones who need extra feeding (1 in the Am, one in mid afternoon and one 1 extra at night)
I tried having momma on her back in my arm to put baby on there and she wanted nothing to do with it.

#bunnylife #bunfeedings #helpingtheweak
 
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We are going to get the bigger babes a small play pen type thing with a hutch and littler box and play area.
Daddy bun is staying solo.
We lost one of the smaller kits this AM. I went to feed him and he died over night 😔💔 I cried, it’s part of life growing up
On a farm we lost lambs and other livestock so it’s something I am use too but it still hurt.
There are 2 more smaller ones who need extra feeding (1 in the Am, one in mid afternoon and one 1 extra at night)
I tried having momma on her back in my arm to put baby on there and she wanted nothing to do with it.

#bunnylife #bunfeedings #helpingtheweak

I'm sorry to hear you lost one of the little ones. Yes it can be truly heartbreaking. Keeping intact bunnies apart is your best option for now till you can get them fixed.
I hope the others make it 🤞.
If the older kits are still with mom, it's most likely they are getting all the milk, and since you said they eat what momma eats seperating them may be the best for the little ones who need mom's milk more.
If momma isn't feeding them, be cautious with her around them, she may try to harm them.
Don't put bunnies on their backs, that isn't good for them. It trances them and that's not good for them.
Just try to tell her how pretty her babies are and that she's a good momma and say something like "you love your babies" when she interacts with them with kisses and allows them to feed.
I wish all your buns the best outcome.
 

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@octoberopal77 , Info on _How Quickly I Grow Up_ may help you, wrt separating earlier than 8 weeks?

- Cuddles babes were separated earlier. Her daughters that stayed in our home lived to age 13 1/2. A similar situation with Marietta's babes. We got all babies and the adults spayed and neutered at the appropriate age. // Same situation occurred when I took in a mom and babes from the shelter. Shelter was at capacity so they would've been euthanized. The girls started fighting, Mom was stressed and had it with her offspring chasing her down for mammary glands, and life was less stressful for all involved.

 

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I'm sorry to hear you lost one of the little ones. Yes it can be truly heartbreaking. Keeping intact bunnies apart is your best option for now till you can get them fixed.
I hope the others make it 🤞.
If the older kits are still with mom, it's most likely they are getting all the milk, and since you said they eat what momma eats seperating them may be the best for the little ones who need mom's milk more.
If momma isn't feeding them, be cautious with her around them, she may try to harm them.
Don't put bunnies on their backs, that isn't good for them. It trances them and that's not good for them.
Just try to tell her how pretty her babies are and that she's a good momma and say something like "you love your babies" when she interacts with them with kisses and allows them to feed.
I wish all your buns the best outcome.
The wee ones I am feeding krm are fed up right. I have a dropper tht I am using to feed them. They eat for abt 3-4mins and thts all they want. I do put them in a warm towel and let them rest and try to feed them one more time before they go back to momma. Even if they eat 1 more small drop it’s one more to help them get stronger.

The older 2 babes pictured above get chased by momma 😳. She lays her ears back and chases them down.
She maybe tired of the toddlers because she has wee ones to care for.
They eat hay, pellets and drink water like momma. They just sit on her back and head lol
 
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@octoberopal77 Yea, I'd get those older ones out then, it sounds like momma wants to work on the littler ones. Give them alfalfa hay if they are eating it and some milk if they still need. But if they're eating hay, milk shouldn't be needed anymore.. maybe someone else can chime in
 

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@octoberopal77 Yea, I'd get those older ones out then, it sounds like momma wants to work on the littler ones. Give them alfalfa hay if they are eating it and some milk if they still need. But if they're eating hay, milk shouldn't be needed anymore.. maybe someone else can chime in
They eat hay, greens and pellets. I tried to see if they wanted some milk, I used a small bottle and they wanted nothing to do with it!
They are the only 2 from the first littler to survive. They are big ol babies
 
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They eat hay, greens and pellets. I tried to see if they wanted some milk, I used a small bottle and they wanted nothing to do with it!
They are the only 2 from the first littler to survive. They are big ol babies
Yup, for sure you can stop the milk as long as it is alfalfa hay they are getting. It has more in it for babies than adults who shouldn't eat that type.
Sounds like you're doing well with them now and I hope to see all the babies binkying away in a video very soon.
 

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Yup, for sure you can stop the milk as long as it is alfalfa hay they are getting. It has more in it for babies than adults who shouldn't eat that type.
Sounds like you're doing well with them now and I hope to see all the babies binkying away in a video very soon.
 

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Yup, for sure you can stop the milk as long as it is alfalfa hay they are getting. It has more in it for babies than adults who shouldn't eat that type.
Sounds like you're doing well with them now and I hope to see all the babies binkying away in a video very soon.
 

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