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My doe had 10 kits 3 days ago, today I found 7 healthy and chubby..........

 
Carlos Mendoza
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kits. 3 of them are barley moving and really skinny. Please give me some suggestions, I have no idea what to do!
 
Jay Green
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That's the way it goes sometimes with rabbit litters and there's not much you can do. It's survival of the fittest. If you had another doe that only had a couple of kits of the same age, you could foster them onto her and hope for the best, but most often the runts of the litter that are cold and skinny usually die. There's a reason they aren't thriving and it's best to let nature take its course.

Sorry.
 
kadence blevins
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for next time round...

i like to breed does in groups so that if one has alot and cant feed em all then i can pop a couple into other nests with smaller litters. though sometimes it just happens that some babies arent strong enough and they die. nothin to be done about it.

another thing, is you can flip momma bun on her back and hold her in your arm like a football and hold a skinny baby on her belly to nurse.
if she doesnt have enough milk then the baby will go nipple to nipple but only stay a moment and go to the next. if there is any milk the baby will stop and eat a bit.

some people will take a large litter and take half in one nest and half in another nest. take nest one in the house for 12 hours, and nest two is in with mom. then switch nests for the next 12hours.
personally this just spreads the same amount of milk to all the babies and i'd rather have 6 fat healthy babies then 10 scraggly babies.

better luck next time (:
 
Carlos Mendoza
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Well for those who at least wrote back or looked at the post, turns out she has 11 of them, the smallest died but my girlfriend was able to hand feed the other three small ones until they were big enough to start walking and feeding from the mama. I still cant believe the size difference in the 3 little guys compared to the other 7. They are at least 3 times as large eyes open and already active. And if anyone was wondering, she fed those whole milk 2 to 3 times a day for about weeks. She was really sad when the smallest one died, but was def happy that she saved 3 of them.
 
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You might try adding supplements to the milk. I don't have any experience with this, but maybe mix in some egg yolk with the whole milk. I've been able to save baby squirrels, etc. this way. I haven't tried rabbits though.
 
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glad to hear she saved some of them. i've tried supplementing runts with tiny bottle but they've always died. and i supplemented with raw goats milk.
always the runts. but in a way its kind of good because you dont want the weak ones to grow up and breed and make more weak rabbits. so nature evens the playing ground that way i suppose.

 
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