Sick 3 week old baby
The little boy with his big sister.
This is my doe's third litter, and all the babies so far have been doing fantastic. We had some trouble with the first two litters, but after using what I call the "trash can trick" all the babies have been well fed and well taken care of. The trash can trick is where I place the babies in the bottom of a trash can and sit mommy right on top of the little babies. I use this if mother isn't feeding the tiny babies quite enough. I normally only have to do this for the first two weeks to make sure everyone is getting a good start.
All of the eight babies are doing great, until recently one of them started getting thin. He will not nurse from mom whatsoever, and is refusing to nibble on pellets or hay. I have been supplementing him with KMR and a little bit of plain yogurt with L.Acidophilus in it. He has survived for three days now, but he is still VERY thin and refusing to eat unless I feed him with a medicine dropper.
Even while doing this, he is still hesitant to eat. He is with mother all the time, so I know he should be able to get cecotropes from her. All the other babies are almost twice his size now, and he is very lethargic. I thought he wouldn't make it as long as he has. This is going on day four and he is still here. He is on a completely fiber diet of hay, pellets, and grass from outside. What can I possibly do? ***** Karen Sez *****
What a cute pic! You've done heroically. I might be wrong, but that pic sure looks like your little guy is actually a lethal dwarf peanut. See http://www.raising-rabbits.com/dwarf-rabbits.html for information. Was he quite runty from birth?
If so, it is amazing that the bunny has lasted this long, and he will surely not survive long term.
If not, there is a condition called "fading" that occurs in dwarf breeds. Read more at http://www.raising-rabbits.com/netherland-dwarf-rabbit.html. (Lionheads can be considered dwarfs and will be possibly susceptible to the same conditions as are Netherland Dwarfs.)
Dunno if these ideas are on the mark, however this might hopefully provide some useful insight.