Don’t Ask Me How Many Baby Bunnies I have.
We started with 8 naked, bald, earless, eyeless rodents that came out of a rabbit.
Then we lost 2.
Which I handled really well. I might add.
When the 3rd one died I was sad but consolable. We still had 5 spunky, alive baby bunnies and life was good.
Then Friday happened.
How many baby bunnies do I have now, you ask?
1 – 2 – 3 – 4
We found ANOTHER baby bunny thrown out of the nesting box on the metal grate….. and left for dead. This seems to happen at night when we are not awake or around or otherwise aware that we should be saving a baby bunny.
No, they can’t jump out.
No, they can’t fall out.
No, they can’t wriggle out.
These guys are tiny, helpless newborns who can barely work themselves around the nesting box to find the bunny pile. They aren’t exactly mobile yet.
They must be intentionally picked up and removed from the nice, warm nest.
Guilty Party #1: Nash – the mama bunny.
I’ve decided our Doe is a Serial Killer.
She has been throwing bunnies out of the nest since they showed up.
I am sure that all you bunny experts out there know exactly what the mama is doing and exactly what I am doing wrong.
My thoughts on why my mama bunny is murdering her newborns:
- She’s Psycho
- She’s intentionally separating the “weak” bunnies
- She’s a new mama and doesn’t know what she’s doing
- She only has enough milk, patience, love for 4 baby bunnies – so the rest had to go
This is a “survival of the fittest” horror show. I’m telling you, if I was a baby bunny in that nest I’d be behaving myself. Don’t upset mama. Seriously, Don’t make mom mad…… She’s grouchy and will throw you out of the nest and leave you for dead.
Don’t send flowers or condolence notes – we are having a fabulous time with our 4 baby bunnies. No one here is sad or crying. Which is great. Sometimes the kids get teary when we loose animals but they are handling the bunnies dying like champs.
Someone told us when we first got bunnies that they just aren’t really “hearty” animals and we should expect to loose one (or four) now and then. A little research has also confirmed that it is normal to loose up to half of a litter (especially if you have a first time mama-doe).
I know I’ve said this before, BUT the remaining 4 look really, really, really healthy. I do not plan to be sending out anymore posts delivering sad, dead, baby bunny news. I can assure you that if we happen to lose another one you will never know, because I will not be blogging about it.
I will be selling all my bunnies and buying more cows. 🙂
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UPDATE 4/18/16 9:45am
I am oh, so teachable… I have had 2 Rabbit Raising Experts who notified me what is going on with my Doe/ Dead Baby Bunny situation… Here is what is probably happening:
Mama Bunny hops into the nesting box, feeds the babies, cleans them, helps them go to the bathroom, etc. Then she hops out. If one of the baby bunnies decides that dinnertime is not over yet, and is still attached to her teat when she hops out – he goes too.
This is more than likely how our baby bunnies keep ending up on the metal grate.
So, Natasha is not a serial killer after all, and I need to go check on the bunnies more often to make sure no one has taken a ride out of the nesting box.
Yes, we are going to keep the bunnies and continue learning. I may not be the brightest chicken in the coop, but I can learn!!
Thanks to everyone out there who is helping me and not chastising me. You guys are awesome!