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If they weren't fed they would be dead by now, and 4 is a rather small litter unless maybe it's a small dwarf breed. To me they don't look alarmingly bad in that picture. Also hard to tell a sice difference if they are not in the same picture.
In bigger litters I take out the fattest 1/4 of the kits out for one feeding to give the stragglers a better chance at the milk buffet, but I'm not sure that would make much difference with just 4 kits.

Anyway, it can happen that there are runts in a litter, they mostly catch up once they eat solids if there isn't something wrong.
 

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If they weren't fed they would be dead by now, and 4 is a rather small litter unless maybe it's a small dwarf breed. To me they don't look alarmingly bad in that picture. Also hard to tell a sice difference if they are not in the same picture.
In bigger litters I take out the fattest 1/4 of the kits out for one feeding to give the stragglers a better chance at the milk buffet, but I'm not sure that would make much difference with just 4 kits.

Anyway, it can happen that there are runts in a litter, they mostly catch up once they eat solids if there isn't something wrong.
Here they are together the middle 2 are the ones I’m worried about
 

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What breed? Is one of the parents a true dwarf? I don't know if the dwarf gene would cause such a difference in that age.
Do they have a round belly after feeding? If your doe is small you could try and take out the fattest for one feeding, doesn't hurt him, and see if there is any difference. But i wouldn't think this is the problem in a litter of 4.
If they are runts there is not much to do and see how they develop.
 

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If they aren't wrinkled and dehydrated, they're most likely being fed. Though it's always good to continue to check for full milk bellies after nursing. So like Preitler said, their small size could be they're true dwarfs and the others aren't, they're runts, or they could have genetic or health issues causing stunted growth.
 
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We just had a surprise litter and we had a few that were much bigger and some that were smaller. I used a kitchen scale to weigh them each morning to track weight gain so I could be sure they were growing. They are all now almost 8 weeks and are doing great! Good luck.
 

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They look ok from the photos. Some are just bigger. When you see mum nursing, once she has finished, check that their bellies are round. If they are, then all is good and they are just smaller then the other two.
Hope every goes ok.
They are gorgeous. I have mini lops. They are amazing bunny friends xx
 

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