Question: Tips on raising a wild rabbit?
I found a baby rabbit at the stables, in the middle of an empty driveway just lying there. It looked like something had picked him up, since there were little marks on his side, probably a large bird or something. I don't think a cat though, since we have no cats at the barn. Anyway, the scratches weren't to bad. We cleaned them up with some animal wound medicine and he looked a little better. We put him in a basket and he hopped around nervously, and then took him home. Thumper looks around 2 weeks old. His eyes are half opened and he has all of his fur. We feed him a little bit of kitten milk in a shringe once a day, along with some lettuce and water. Is that what we are supposed to feed him? I also have a homemade heating pad (sock filled with warm rice) which he sits on sometimes. He doesn't move much at all. He just sits there and closes his eyes. If I put my hand in the cage he comes over and sits in it. Sometimes licking my hand. He used to be nervous with me at first, but we've bonded. <3 So... are young rabbits supposed to be tired all the time? And am I feeding him right? Also, any other Tips would help! Thanks!
first i would watch were he sleeps because dust and mold is bad, also i think its rally sweet ehat you are doing but i would be carfull you dont know if its dangerus, feed itlots of weeds like dandilion leaves (not pointy) and apples are great too (eny kind)
If he is of wild stock, it would be illegal for you to keep it as a pet. This rabbit should be taken to a wild animal rehabilitation center, where they have the knowledge and expertise to feed him the correct amount and type of foods, and release him as a wild rabbit should be.
Mother rabbits feed their young twice a day, early in the morning, and again in evening. They have such rich milk that this is enough for them. In captivity, humans are unable to match the nutrition of a mother, and they are fed FAR more often than once a day. They require specialized vitamins, and better quality food than lettuce and water. Without proper care, this rabbit could have degenerative bone disease, or other health problems from malnourishment. Please do the right thing for this rabbit, and turn it over to someone who knows how to ensure it's survival.