Satin Baby rabbits first milk
by Majestic Dragon Ranch
Hi, I posted a question in the pregnant doe section about my Satin doe. Well my other satin doe just kindled 5 kits, one died. I even got to see the birth! But she's not nursed the kits at all. Do they need to eat right off? Or are they okay until night?
She didn't have a nest built and had them on the floor of her cage which I luckily hadn't raised off the ground yet. This is her first litter. She was also stepping on them, which is what I think killed the one that didn't make it. I brought mama and the litter inside and made her a nice nest, I'm keeping an eye on her.
I did handle the little ones as I had no other choice and people are telling me that's why she's not nursing. I figure I'll check them tomorrow and see how their tummies look. If she's not nursing them and my other doe won't accept them, what should I do? I know bottle fed rabbits have a largely decreased chance of living, would goats milk work for bunnies?