Baby Bunnies Dying... Please Help!

by Jayd Knight

Healthy Baby Bunnies

Healthy Baby Bunnies

Baby Bunnies Dying Within a Few Days of Birth.

Lost 9 Litters So Far. Please help!

I have lost 9 litters of bunnies.

They almost always die within 24 hours of being born, the longest lasted 5 days.

It's 6 different does, and 1 of them had 5 successful litters before now.

They aren't getting cold and they had plenty of milk in their bellies, yet they all die suddenly at the same time.

I noticed that after they die they feel wet of damp, yet no water could have been spilled on them, and my oldest doe never pees in her box, especially if she has babies.

All the does are perfectly healthy. I didn't have this problem until after I had got 6 new show rabbits which, after a few months of having them several of them suddenly looked sunk in higher up close to their back in front of their legs and within a week or 2 they shriveled up to nothing and died even though they never stopped eating or drinking.

No other rabbits showed any symptoms and now I keep losing babies.

Please help I have no idea whats going on with them!

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Apr 04, 2018
by: selene

please help me my baby rabbit is dying it is thin and it would not eat *crying*i love my baby rabbit please help me i need help he would not move his tiny small head

Aug 03, 2017
mothers second litter and babies dying after one week old. NEW
by: Anonymous

how often should i check on the kits in the nest box, should i hold them and make sure that they are all good.

May 31, 2017
handling NEW
by: Rabbit expert

I do hope that you are not handling these babies too often. If so this is not good all though domesticated rabbits are used to human scent the mother will not enjoy their owner getting too handsy with their newborns. Also maybe there is not something wrong with the Doe because as I read you used a number of does maybe there is something wrong with the buck get him checked out asap the last thing we want is more rabbits dying

May 30, 2017
Ophan baby rabbits 3day + NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi my very young doe gave birth after we found that her mate was a we separated them boys and girls 3 girls and 2 boys and the other day around 3 days ago i found babys bourn some time that day there was 6 all together they werent in one place they were everywhere out in the sun and the other rabbits were treading on one another was playing with one so i picked them up and took the in i made a nest with a lambs wool through over and looked on here as what to do and what milk i saw it say goats milk so went get some sorted a pipet out took the cold out of the milk and let the kit lick iv keept many of different animal I thought how bad can i be....big mistake. the 4th day in and one of the babys has died i picked bunny up and noticed he looked skiny and only feed him an hour beforehand. ...reading some posts they said feed them twice a day...and iv been feeding around every four hrs, so buy them other people iv been feeding to why was he wrinkled and looked so skinny....Please post an answer i dont know if i should put my email on...

May 15, 2016
by: PW

Bunnies are like babies, they need a lot of attention. They need feeding 3-4 times a day. They need loving on also. They can not see early on so they need to be separated. from rabbits that can see. For safety matters. rabbits do better with cat milk, any pet store will havevit. Once the get their vision, you want to continue the milk for maye 1-2 weeks, start. start them on carrots the 3 day of the first week of getting their vision. Still continue to feed 3 times a day. You want to continue the milk and carrots for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, try water , pellets, and carrots. After those 2 weeks add some diced roman apples. For best result small carrots or salad carrts already shredded. ,Ive had my rabbits since their birth, I had 5, 3 survived. I believe that in the feeding process I might have missed them. Now they are in bunny heaven. We miss them. But the others are very health and loving. We love on them everyday. Talk to them, love on them, let them play freely and they appreciated the hugs and kisses to. They can't hug, but their love to gi e kisses back. I every once and awhile I still give milk, to keep their system in good order. I hope I've. been helpful. PW

Apr 16, 2016
i am a rabbit mom for 35 years
by: Nancy Pech

I tell everyone whether they own a single rabbit or 2 or breed them always check first for aerobic bacteria and get a poop culture from your vet and repeat it even if it is negative and quarantine the ones that are sick and also having a ton of rabbits these days is just not smart because I have treated antibiotic resistant bacteria for years on these guys and it is very contagious and can cause pneumonia and G.I. stasis otherwise known as digestive shutdown and super painful that disease and intestinal inflammation or enteritis is. I would check for cocidia which you have to get poop and do a fecal float for all. There are 2 problems raising rabbits or a herd of them. the first is sanitation and overcrowding and second shelters need all our help in adopting rabbits that desperately need homes so so bad and the more rabbits you have the more disease spreads and allot of breeders have had this problem and so do the Amish because all my rabbits were Amish rescues and I have the knowledge and expertise to treat these things and had to treat a ton of complicated bacteria like mersa and yes there are tons of bacteria like mersa with different names and strains and my rabbits had it all and you can not cure it but can effectively treat it but I tell every rabbit owner research research research before getting a rabbit a bunch of rabbits and always run all the tests and quarantine your new rabbit first and get them fixed and check for E- Cuniculi and they get reproductive cancer allot or the does do!

Apr 06, 2016
Baby Bunnies Dying
by: Jane

If you have another death, I would urge you to take the rabbit in for a necropsy.

Have you checked with the seller to find out if they are also experiencing losses?

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