Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 11

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
16 days old
They are still alive and looking perky. Today I got worried about them, because they have only been taking 2.5 to 4cc per feeding (morning and evening) and suddenly Kevin gets one of them to eat *8*cc’s this morning!! I felt really alarmed, because the things I read said it’s really important to not feed them too much or they can bloat. They are already pacing back and forth in the cage, wanting to eat but I’m going to feed them a little later so it will be about 12 hours between feedings.

It’s confusing, because one thing I printed out said at 2-3 weeks of age they should be eating I think it said 7cc to 14cc per feeding, then it said “cottontails will eat so much less” whatever they meant by that. But they could barely get down 4cc and that was forcing the last 1.5cc into them. Then… I read something else on the ‘net that said cottontails should have 1cc per inch of body. And then suddenly one eats EIGHT cc’s and I thought, oh gosh, here we go — that one’s going to be sick. But they both look fine tonight.

From today on, the bunnies have pretty much been setting their own amounts of milk. We are no longer having to hold their heads and force them to eat. They eat from 3cc’s to 5cc’s and stop on their own accord. We are feeding them three times a day, approximately 6 hours apart. For example, 6:30am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm.

There are 22 days of reports on the bunnies. You are on Day 11, click here to go to Day 12.

2 comments to Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 11

  • Jen

    AHHHH I WANT ONE. We used to have bunnies but they got to be too much of a pain. They were sure cute though!

  • conscioustar

    Hi Jen! That was what was so fun about having Bunny Bunny. He was like a pet, but he lived his own life. 🙂 They were so danged adorable when they were tiny little fluff balls. I was so sad to lose Tiny.

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