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My rabbit just had babies. What should I be feeding the Mom

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by 1Lynda, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. 1Lynda

    1Lynda New Egg

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    My rabbit had 5 babies yesterday. The babies seems to look healthy. What should I be feeding the Mom? I have always given her hay, rabbit pellets and fruit and vegetables. She seems ravenous!
     
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. BackyardFarmMama

    BackyardFarmMama Out Of The Brooder

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    Unlimited Pellets and hay. You can feed her fresh fruits and vegis until the babies come out of the nest box and start poking around the food. Once the babies are eating keep them away from the fresh stuff. You can still hand feed it to her as long as you're sure the babies don't get any.
     
  4. Dutchgirl

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    ^^^^^^What they said. All the pellets she'll eat, and then some. She'll appreciate the hay, too. Like they said, fruits and veggies until the babies come out - plus, it's a rare rabbit who doesn't like some nice clover and dandelion. (I have one, though....:confused: )

    Question: I've read that you can give lactating rabbits cow milk - both liquid and powdered (dry) milk. Is this true? Would such strict herbivores be able to process the milk?
     
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  5. aprille218

    aprille218 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't feed milk to adult rabbits. They can't properly digest it and it can cause problems because of this.
     
  6. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    Thank you - that's what I thought. Seems odd that anyone would say that you could. :confused:
     
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