My friend adopted a 5 week old rabbit help?

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    Betheii

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    My friend was waiting to get a rabbit from a neighbour who breeds rabbits, expecting to get one who was 8 weeks old, however, the breeder messed up and gave her a five-week-old rabbit. The breeder told her to keep it since she's already started to bond with it, the Rabbit seemed to have been weened and is eating normally, but do you have any tips that will help her?
     
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    Free feeding a good quality grass hay(not moldy, no noxious weeds) will help prevent digestive issues from occurring, which is one of the primary mortality issues with recently weaned buns. Also no sugary/high carb foods and no veggies until at least 12 weeks old. Unless the rabbit is used to being fed leafy greens or forage, then I would continue with the ones familiar to the rabbit. And continue to feed the same feed the breeder fed, unless it is causing digestive problems. Then when the baby is at least 8-10 weeks old I would start the transition to whatever high quality feed pellet I planned on feeding.

    Also minimize stress. If the baby seems stressed by interaction with people or from being held, I would minimize interaction and keep the baby in a quiet area for the first week, then gradually work on getting the baby used to people and it's new home. Stress can be extremely detrimental to rabbits, including the stress of being in a new home. If the baby bun is completely comfortable around people, then stress shouldn't be a worry.

    Have a good rabbit vet picked out in case an emergency arises.
    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/vetfinder
    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/rabbit-friendly-vets/rabbit-friendly-vet-list/
     
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