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New baby Lionhead rabbit care questions

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Our Lionhead doe just had babies today. When can the babies be touched to be checked safely without upsetting the mother and when can the babies be removed from their mother?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Gina replied 10 years ago.

Hi :)

Congrats on your new litter :) You can actually and should check the babies daily. Rub your hands all over momma first as this way her scent will be transfered to the little ones. :) Rabbits don't normally nurse all day long like dogs and cats do. They feed just a few times per day so watch weight gains closely. You should check on the babies every few hours as the mom's don't always go to retrieve them if they get out of the nest. It can be very dangerous for these babies to get a chill. You can remove the momma from the babies at about 7 weeks old. Yes, they will be nibbling on "foods" at about 4 weeks, but they are not done nursing until that time (7 weeks). They should be about 12 weeks before you send them to their new homes if that is what you are going to do. :) Good luck with your litter :)

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
What amount of time is a good time to wait to breed our doe again?
Expert:  Gina replied 10 years ago.
Personally, I would wait until the babies are weaned and gone. This will give her time to rejuvinate from the previous mating. Some people only wait 2-3 weeks after birth and some even rebreed sooner than that. (usually commercial breeders) Give her some time to recover, consider a vet check after she weans them just to make sure she is healthy enough to have an other litter. :)
Expert:  Gina replied 10 years ago.


I was just wondering how your babies are doing :)