Caring for the litter and mother
The babies are born! First take care of the mother. Make sure
she is in good health and eating. Reduce her feed slowly in till she is back to her normal amount. She should also clean up
the "mess" around the cage and nest box. If she does not carefully remove box and any blood you see. Move babies and fur out
of box, remove soiled shavings, and replace babies and fur.
Then check the babies. The babies should all be healthy and
not sick or scraggily. The babies will eat only about 5 minutes a day either very early in the morning and very late
There are things called Peanuts which show up in litters with
the dwarf gene (usually minis and dwarf breeds). Peanuts are babies that have more of the dwarf gene than normal rabbits.
They often can not eat with the rest of the litters. They will also have health problems like underdeveloped lungs, heart,
and hindquarters. They often have a very large head and small body. They will usually die off within a week, but some can
make it and some have lived for months before death. Some breeders choose to kill them off themselves or leave them.
You should hold the babies daily as long as you are not stressing
the mother. Holding the babies will allow them to become socialized and will let them become used to being held, carried,
and played with. You don’t want aggressive rabbits later on. If it stresses the mother when you hold the babies allow
the mother some exercise time and remove her from the cage. Either let her run around or restrain her to another area. You
can also remove the babies if need be.
If you don’t notice the babies having large bellies
in the early morning or late night (that look like they swallowed a golf ball) then you should remove the babies. You
can take the mother out twice a day and let her feed the babies while you hold her. That way you know they got fed. If the
mother still refuses to feed the babies they will need to be bottle fed. But you will have to keep the babies warm
*either with heater pads or in a warm area*.