Rehabbing Wild Bunnies Day 7

Saturday, April 17, 2004
12 days old
Tiny is still alive this morning. I got 4cc’s down the other two bunnies at breakfast, 2cc’s at lunch and 4cc’s in the evening. I’m still barely able to get 2cc’s each time into Tiny. The other buns are doing very well in comparison.

It’s hard to know how much to feed them, since we are still basically having to forcefeed them. One article said a rule of thumb is 1cc per feeding, per inch of cottontail. Another article gave estimated amounts by age, but the amounts were not specifically for cottontails (which are far smaller as adults than jackrabbits or domesticated rabbits). They will only let us “forcefeed” them so many cc’s, and then they absolutely refuse to suck/lick down another drop.

We are keeping them in a cage on top of the freezer. The top of the freezer is warm. It is an upright freezer, about six feet tall and this keeps our cats away from the bunnies also. We don’t want them to become used to the cats and think they are safe creatures, because we do plan to rehabilitate these bunnies back into their natural habitat.

There are 22 days of reports on the bunnies. You are on Day 7, click here to read Day 8.

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