Originally Posted by RIRJen
The rabbit in this picture is on it's own...as soon as eyes are open and the ears are up they can fend for themselves. This one is probably at least about 6 wks old.
That's what the reading I did earlier said, too. If it's eyes are open and ears are up best to let it be, they're old enough to fend for themselves and usually stress and lack of good flora in the gut from human feeding will definitely kill them at that point. I was amazed how tiny they are when they're able to be on their own already, never would have thought it.
This one is likely to die, too, given how tiny it is. But the kids think it's cool that I'm letting them try so what the heck.
Originally Posted by 1muttsfan
Oh yeah, that should be $4.15. Must be my wishful thinking kicking in. 'Course I can remember when gas was under $.50...
Olive, wild bunnies are not very easy to raise, I have a friend downstate that used to run a wildlife rehab facility and she said often you would just get them to the point of release and they would just die. In addition they are basically predator food, as they have few survival skills. Are you sure the mother rabbit will not come back if you put it close to the nest site? Rabbits avoid their nests so as to not attract attention to the scentless babies, but maybe she would return if undisturbed.
There is no nest left. It was IN the garden bed. I was turning the soil, stuck the pitchfork down in, pried up and the whole thing came up with the soil I was turning, fur blew every which way, three of the four kits in the nest had been speared with the pitchfork already, just this one was untouched. I finished the garden bed which meant further demolishing their home so I could get our potatoes planted. There's no where for her to come back to. I'm sure she'll return looking, but there's nothing left there and I don't want her having incentive to dig back in. I don't feel like killing this baby, but his/her mama's not welcome in my garden either.
Honestly, if by some freak miracle it lived I probably wouldn't bother releasing it.
Edited by Olive Hill - 4/4/12 at 2:52pm