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Ken Northridge
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I have a Netherland dwarf rabbit who refuses to nurse her babies. I've watched one litter die in a few days last year. She just had a litter of five and seems to want nothing to do with them. Can anyone offer some suggestions? Thanks.
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First I would say that it probably just doesn't look like she isn't nursing, but really is.
But since you said some have already died... I guess she really isn't.

I thought mine wasn't nursing once, I went and bought a small animal baby bottle and nursing milk, and hand fed them.
Come to find out, she was nursing them.

But you can always take care of them yourself.

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A few things I know:

Some rabbits are BAD mothers.

They just won't nurse their babies.

Or a human touched the babies and she rejects them
and lets them die.

If I had to pick up a baby rabbit I would grab some hay
and rub it on my hands then pick up the baby.
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Bob Sanders
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Feel the babies' tummies. If they are round, they are being fed.

If they aren't being fed, you have a new job.

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