Infant rabbits are highly sensitive little creatures. Their young, defenseless state makes them prone to pretty much any form of danger. Mother rabbits seldom nurse their babies when they’re born. They usually wait for at least a day before they feed them with their milk – which is why owners should give these infant rabbits around the clock observation to make sure that they are kept safe and sound in their nesting area.
Mother rabbits usually feed their babies during the wee hours of the day, starting from 12 midnight until 5 or 6 am. If you want to know if they’re being fed well by their mothers, you don’t have to stay up all night to keep an eye out for them. All you have to do is check if the bunnies are warm and have full bellies when you wake up early in the morning. It’s one way to effectively observe your pet rabbits and also to make sure if their mother is properly nursing her babies.
If the babies are not being fed well, you’ll see that they’ll have depressed stomachs, and their skin will be dry of dehydration. They also wouldn’t interact well when they’re being handled by their owners. If you notice that the babies are scattered around instead of being huddled together, it would be good to keep them warm first before doing anything else. Your job as an owner and caretaker is exercised in situations like this.
An infant rabbit’s eyes usually take up to 10-11 days for it to fully open. You as an owner, should hand feed your baby rabbits for about 14 days until you see that they are completely capable of eating by themselves. You can feed these bunnies with milk or baby formula 3-4 times a day using an eye dropper. Baby rabbits don’t really take in a lot of what you give them, but just make sure that they’ve had their fill whenever you try to nurse them.
When your rabbits grow up to 2 weeks old, you can start feeding them with solid food. Experienced owners would prefer to feed them with alfalfa hay because it’s what rabbits usually eat when they’re in the wild. But if you can’t find any of that sort of hay in your area, you could always feed them with celery, spring onions or any other kind of vegetable. Just make sure that they’re washed clean and chopped up before you serve them to your pets.