HELP!!! Baby Rabbits GONE!! Injured babies left behind

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by denasfarm, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet Home Alabama!!
    These are NZ meat rabbits. Doe 1 had 5 kits, Doe 2 had 8 kits. We have rats pretty bad and the rabbits are in tight cages. Rats are sneaky So when they first started disapearing I thought rats are getting the little pink babies. Mom 1 has ONE baby left and Mom 2 has 5 left. I move both moms to the garage to dog airline crates.
    Babies are fine and growing no more disappear. I keep them in the garage for two weeks. Babies are now 4 weeks old The single baby is HUGE!!
    I move them back to the barn so they have more room. NOW the Single baby is GONE without a trace, He was there last night when we locked down and just GONE this morning. In the other cage One kits rear leg is now gone, another one has a broken front leg, and anothers nose is half GONE!!! Marks on their backs and legs.

    Would Rats do this? The Mother rabbits? Weasles? Possum? Snakes?
    Wouldnt the sleeping chickens be a better catch?
    That single baby was literally 1/2 the size of the mom. No hair, no blood, NOTHING!


    I moved the babies back to the garage but wont have room for the moms too so we will have to run them back and forth daily.

    Any Ideas? and What do I do with the broken babies? One has a whole missing leg with bone hanging out and the other has a broken leg. Antibiotics? Cull?
     
  2. karl lutz

    karl lutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a live trap and torture the perpatrator like it tortured the rabbit. Rats are shiftless and sneaky but it sounds like coons.
     
  3. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump...help!
     
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I cannot get those babies to a vet, then cull. Sorry this happened. Yes, you need traps.
     
  5. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Ive had mother rabbits do that when they are frightened by something.... You may have a predator trying to get in and the rabbits are doing it.. I had this happen with two rabbits and turns out the neighbors dog had dug a hole under my barn and were sneaking ion at night and terrorizing them... Unfortunatly mine would then eat all babies after that litter .. I finally just eliminated them from my breeding stock ...
     
  6. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I am willing to bet that you have rats that are taking your babies. I have lost 4 chicks to rats.... no blood no nothing....until I find the half eatin bodies later. I now bring my chicks inside at night. I would get me some traps for sure and see what I catch. I am so sorry about your babies.
     

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