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Wild Baby Rabbits


You have a litter of wild baby bunnies. 

Now What?

Gardeners: If you want rabbits out of your yard, go here.

I get several e-mails starting in the spring about how to care for wild baby bunnies.  Many times the best thing to do is nothing.  If the babies look okay, just leave them in their nest or return them to it.  If you return the babies, put unscented baby powder or unscented dental floss around the nest and check to see if it is disturbed in 24 to 48 hours since this will indicate if the mother has been there.  If not, then you may need to take care of them yourself so they survive. 

The House Rabbit Society website has the most complete information on ORPHANED BABY BUNNIES in case you need to rehabilitate the bunnies yourself and keep them for a time. Visit the link above. It includes instructions on how much to feed them and a lot more.

Wildlife Resource Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are located in several states. Entire list is located at the link below and you will need to find your state in the list:

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory

Seven Things You Should Know About Wild Baby Bunnies:

  1. Rabbits won't reject their offspring if you touch them. However, it isn't recommended unless absolutely necessary. Baby bunnies have no scent so they don't draw predators.  If you touch them, you will transfer your scent to them.
  2. A female rabbit will only nurse her litter a few minutes once or twice at night.
  3. Wild baby bunnies do not have a scent and won't attract predators except by sight or sound.
  4. The rabbit doe (mother) will be out of the nest to eat and draw attention away from her new brood most of the time.
  5. Do not give a baby rabbit cow's milk! Instead, give them KMR (Kitten Replacer Milk from the pet store or goat's milk) and please do not over feed.  If they are old enough, grass, alfalfa or timothy hay and water is the best feed for them.  No carrots! or other vegetables (especially fruit).
  6. In most states it is illegal to keep wild animals (including wild baby rabbits) no matter how cute.
  7. Feral Rabbits are not "wild rabbits."  They are domesticated pet rabbits abandoned by their owners.  Domesticated rabbits are only cousins to cottontail rabbits, they cannot mate and produce live offspring together. They have a different number of chromosomes.  The "agouti" brown coat of some domesticated rabbits may look similar to a wild rabbit, but they are not the same.

If you have domesticated rabbits of your own:

Please remember that it is best not to touch wild rabbits because you can pass on diseases to your pet rabbits.  If you do touch them, wash and disinfect your hands!


How to Keep Wild Cottontails Out of Your Garden


For those of us who love rabbits including the wild ones, it is hard to imagine people don't want them in their yards. But it is true. I receive several emails every year once gardening season starts requesting information on how to rid yards of these "pests." Rather than let rabbits exterminated, I decided it might be good to offer up some tips on how to do this in a non-lethal way from advice I have received over the years.


I have compiled a list of old wives tales, tried and true methods, and anecdotal information on how to keep rabbits out of gardens. I certainly don't guarantee any of the information, but I do know some gardeners swear by one or more of these methods.  I think it is a trial and error process and most of all a trial for frustrated gardeners.  Contrary to the myth about "dumb bunnies," rabbits are very smart especially when food is involved.  I don't offer any lethal means of thwarting hungry rabbits. It just isn't my style.


Download "When Rabbits Dig Your Garden Too Much"


Color copy of the PDF Informational Sheet Here


or a Black and White version of the Informational Sheet Here





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