The Rarity of an Orphaned Bunny and How to Help


Many well-meaning people have seen a nest of bunnies without their mom and assumed that it was abandoned. But mother rabbits do not stay by the nest all day like other species and it is best if you do not disturb the nest!  Another mistake that is often made by us humans, is that the mother isn’t feeding her babies enough.
Rabbits are not like human babies and the milk is not like human milk.  It is much richer and baby rabbits are usually fed once per day (usually during the hours of midnight and 5 am).  Making the assumption that the mother isn’t feeding her youngsters is usually incorrect.
In the rare situation that you truly have an orphaned bunny you may try feeding with Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) pictured to the right. Remember to feed ONLY TWICE A DAY at the most. Overfeeding is a leading cause of death in these baby rabbits.  Overfeeding causes  fatal intestinal disease.
Avoid using Esbilac or any puppy formulas or cow’s milk. Do not add Karo syrup.
FEED TWICE A DAY ONLY – the guidelines below are maxiums.
Newborn to One Week: 2 – 2+1/2 cc/ml each feeding (two feedings).
1-2 weeks: 5-7 cc/ml each feeding (two feedings).
2-3 weeks: 7-13 cc/ml each feeding (two feedings).