CARE | diet
Has your bun given birth recently, and you’re wondering what to feed the little ones? In most instances, you get to sit back and relax during the baby rabbits’ early days because they need only their mother’s milk to survive.
However, as the bunnies mature, you’ll have to start adding to their diet. The question is, what do baby rabbits eat?
Do You Need to Feed Baby Rabbits?
As we mentioned, baby rabbits or kittens (kits) live exclusively on their mother’s milk from birth until they’re around 3 weeks old. As such, you don’t have to give them anything during that time.
Around the two-week mark, the buns will start to nibble on hay, and when they’re between 3 and 4 weeks, they’ll start eating the same food as their mother
After weaning, baby rabbits can eat the same food you give your adult buns. However, you’ll need to make a few adjustments because kits require more protein and calcium than grown rabbits.
Here’s what should comprise a baby bun’s diet.
Because they’re herbivores, rabbits require a plant-based diet. Adult rabbits typically eat Timothy Hay. However, kits should get Alfalfa Hay
Pellets are not a critical component of an adult rabbit’s diet. However, the case is different when it comes to baby buns. Because they’re growing and developing, kits require higher levels of nutrients than hay can provide.