Many rabbit breeders face such a problem when the female refuses or cannot feed her offspring. Kids simply remain to the mercy of fate. If this happened to you, do not despair. After all, animals can be raised to their feet and with the help of artificial nutrition. How to feed a rabbit without a rabbit, find out with us.
Is it possible to?
Of course, feeding baby rabbits left without a mother is quite possible to organize yourself. The organization will take you some time, you will need syringes, nipples, directly mixtures or milk, but the result will please. Often, rabbits, fed by milk and milk formulas, grow even stronger than those that were next to mom. But why babies remain orphans, you can learn from our previous article.
In addition to feeding rabbits man, you can use another method - to put the babies on to another nursing mother. With the right approach, she will take care of orphans as if they were their relatives. But in this case, one should carefully select the female, because not everyone agrees to feed the "alien" children. If you do not have other nursing rabbits on the farm, except for the one that left its young, do not be intimidated.
As you know, for any newborn babies, including rabbits, feeding mother's milk is best suited. There are other options, but only this product is suitable for the smallest rabbits. Further - more about the products that can be used for feeding rabbits.
The first product that all livestock breeders turn to is cow's milk. Feeding cows in its pure form is not suitable for baby rabbits - it is too different from mother's milk. If you intend to feed newborn rabbits with cow's milk, dilute it in equal proportions with regular condensed milk. This increases the fat content and nutritional value. From the first days you need to do 5 feedings, giving the fluffies 1 ml of this kind of mixed milk per intake, and further, as you grow older, gradually increase the portions.
If you don’t see cow’s milk as an acceptable option, you can choose a goat. It is no less useful for little rabbits than that produced by the mother, and it does not need to be mixed with other types of products. Some farmers mixed with goat milk give Acidophilus, but it is better to check the dosage with the veterinarian. Goat's milk is given to baby rabbits from birth 2 ml twice a day. From the beginning of the second week of life - 5 ml twice a day.
Feeding orphan rabbits in the first weeks should be only milk. It is possible to make a combination of herbal granules with milk only from the 3rd week or from the 1st month of life, if the babies are developing well. Newborn rabbits can not give such a dietary supplement, otherwise they will have stagnation in the intestines! The amount of herbal granules after 30-40 days of life is calculated by the amount of weight (about 3% of the total weight of the animal). Each batch must be weighed, as the pellets of different manufacturers weigh differently.
Artificial feeding of baby rabbits on dry milk mixtures is a good option, since they are nutritious and well absorbed. It is necessary to make such a milk "porridge" by diluting the mixture more concentrated than indicated in the instructions. Feeding mixtures in the first week of life of rabbits should be built on schedule.
If the kids are gaining weight well, well-fed, they have no indigestion, it will be immediately noticeable. From the 1st day of life to the 7th, the mixture is given in 5 ml 3 r / day, from 7 to 25 days - twice a day in 20 ml, increasing each meal to 60 ml by the end of the month.
Experienced breeders with the age of 17 days old should leave different special foods and finely chopped vegetables in cages for rabbits, since it is at this age that their teeth change. The replacement of teeth stops at the age of 45 days, the animals finally stop eating milk and milk-based artificial mixtures. Also, crawls are separated from the mother, if they are on the suction.
Important! Rabbits have a well-developed instinct of imitation to their congeners. From 14 days of life to 30 you can offer them finely grated carrots, a small amount of dry rabbit feed, greens.
Orphan nutrition at different ages
We figured out that little rabbits can even be fed on milk, as well as dry milk mixtures, like mother's milk. Herbal granules up to a certain age need to say no. How exactly to feed your newborn pets from the moment of birth? And when is it worth to transfer to a more adult diet, so that the transition was natural? Let's find out about this further.
A freshly born or daytime rabbit is fed with milk or a mixture. On the first day, we give food literally drop by drop, making sure that the little rabbit's tummy does not overfill. The little Fuzzies do not yet understand how much liquid to suck out, they will drink, how much they will give.
From the first to the fifth day of life we feed 4-5 times a day, 1 ml of milk or a mixture. By the 5th-6th day of life, if the animal is gaining weight well, regularly defecates and grows, its mass should increase exactly twice. The weight of a newborn rabbit varies on average from 40 to 80 grams.
Nutrient fluids need to be heated no higher than 37 degrees. Milk is better to drink through a pipette or through a syringe without a needle. All manipulations must be carried out with clean hands, done in clean dishes.
5-14 days old
If you feed the milk of newborn rabbits with you successfully, by the age of 5 days the babies will double their weight at birth. From five days the pets are watered not 5, but 3 times a day, giving 25-30 grams of the mixture or milk. So continue until about 14 days. By the end of the second week, the rabbits are already noticeably gaining weight, and they can be transferred to a two-time diet. The weight of such an animal comes to this period up to 260 grams.
At the age of 17-30 days
Feeding rabbits at the age of one month is much easier than feeding newborns. By the month the animal is growing stronger, weighing about 500 grams, and sometimes more. From 17 days of age and up to 30 days of birth, most of the primary teeth are replaced by the aboriginal teeth. If the animal is healthy, it is actively interested in new food: vegetables, grass, can eat hay, dry hercules cereals, mash from milk porridges. The diet at the age of two months is two times, many breeders exclude milk and mixtures after a 30-day milestone.
When to transfer to an adult diet?
Rabbits can and should be added to the adult diet from 30-45 days, similar to the period when they are weaned. Milk feeding at this time is a moot point. Some people advise you not to remove the milk, but if your kids are large and healthy, feel free to remove this product. The adult diet is very diverse, these are roots, vegetables, green fresh grass, hay, special rabbit feed, oats. After a dry meal, you can give wet food, roots or vegetables.
Why do you need to moisten food and mix dry and wet foods? Dry food irritates rabbit airways, especially during growth.