Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 15

Sunday, April 25, 2004
20 days old
Interesting to note that the bunnies adopted a “home base” spot and would leave and come back to that one certain area. We took their tissue box with dirt out of the cage, and put it on the ground over an indention. The bunnies used the indention under the tissue box as home base. They traveled quite a distance from this home base, then would return and crawl under the tissue box. Especially if they heard a loud noise in the distance they would return and hide. We’re really hoping this is a good indication that their natural instincts will indeed kick in when it is time to release them. Internet sources indicate weaning should occur at 4-5 weeks of age, the buns should be released when they run from you, and are about 5″ long.

There are 22 days of reports on the bunnies. You are at Day 15, we skipped a few days. Click here to read Day 19.

Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 14

Saturday, April 24, 2004
19 days old
Since we are planning to rehab the bunnies back into the wild, we are starting to get them used to being outdoors. Every day we hang them on the tree in their cage, so that they have some sun, but mostly shade, so they can get used to the smells and sounds of the outdoors. We decided to start letting them explore one of our garden areas so they can get used to being outdoors. This garden currently has only one row of sunflowers, and the bunnies ran from their cage to the water under the sunflowers and got a drink and laid down right away.

There are 22 days of reports on the bunnies. You are on Day 14, click here to read Day 15.

Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 13

Friday, April 23, 2004
18 days old
Although we are trying to feed the buns only the foods they will find on their own, we have discovered that they love cucumbers. I am so glad my vegetable garden is enclosed with chicken wire! 😉

3cc’s breakfast, 3cc’s lunch, 3cc’s dinner. We have also been giving them the desert grasses, globe mallow and dandelions to eat. Things that are native to the land out here. We started offering them these things at about 10 days of age.

There are 22 days of reports on the bunnies. You are on Day 13, click here to read Day 14.

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.

Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 9

Monday, April 19th, 2004
14 days old
I’m trying not to get too excited, but Squinty Eyes was out and waiting to be fed at tonight’s feeding! This is a good sign that he is feeling better! I am also beginning to realize that he keeps his little eyes squinty and this makes it look like he doesn’t feel too good. Cutie Pie has been bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all along. What a cutie! 🙂

There are 22 days of reports about the bunnies. You are on Day 9, we skipped a day, click here to read Day 11.