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        05-14-2010, 11:01 AM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Still trooping along! I found a local breeder to pick up a few cecatropes from (thanks to your advice, themacpack!) and mixed a little in with her formula the first few days, and then have since just placed them in her box, along with some clover and dandelion. She's been eating up all the greens and dropping back on the amount of formula she'll take. Today, I gave her greens when I got up this morning, and then went to feed her formula at about nine, and she only took 1 cc, but most her greens were gone, so she's well on her way to being weaned now. Yay! I've put a very shallow dish (actually it's a petri dish *lol*) of water in her box and she's been drinking that as well. Still going good at this point - once she's completely weaned I'll start putting her outside on the grass in a cage for a few hours a day to get sunlight and nibble. From there we can hopefully work towards release. She's so little still, size wise, I worry about my own cats getting her
         
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        05-14-2010, 11:10 AM
      #32
    Green Broke
    What a wonderful update!!! It isn't often you get to hear a good outcome with these little ones, she definitely found her way to the right home (with a little help from the pupster).
         
        05-14-2010, 02:44 PM
      #33
    Trained
    I'm glad you found a good breeder. I was worried when themacpack suggested it....I was in the rabbit showing and raising business for a few years and I discovered a lot of the pet store breeders are "Bunny mills" per se. Either that or they're generally 4-H kids who get rabbits not well enough conformation wise to show at the end of June. That's what I did with all my rabbit conformation failures :)

    I've found a good many baby jackrabbits and cottontails too. Out of about ten (Guess) over seven years only two lived, and we brought them in after we found their mama dead from our hounds (Bad dogs!) so we brought them in and I set them on a pan and put or oven on really, really low and put them in it with the door open. Then once they perked up I gave them to one of my English Lop mamas and she raised em' up really well. They were Jacks, so I guess she thoght they were her own 'cause of the big ears, even if they were sticking you in the wrong direction!

    She's a precious little thing, by the way! If you ever get sick of her I have an extra cage in my barn that she might take well to, Lol ^^
         
        05-17-2010, 11:22 AM
      #34
    Green Broke
    Well, we lost baby bunny Friday night.

    Not sure what happened, in her case. She'd been doing so well, eating great, seeming great. Friday morning, she was her normal self, Friday at noon she didn't eat a lot but was still hopping around her box and acting herself. Friday about six o'clock she got really lethargic, and by seven o'clock she started showing definite neurological signs, twisting on her side, pulling her neck back, etc. By 7:30 she died. It was so fast. I don't know what caused it in this case, she had been transitioning to greens fine for several days, and I don't think it was dietary. I would have guessed some kind of poisoning/pesticide toxicity, but I do not treat my property, it's not sprayed with pesticides or weedkillers or anything at all. However, I have lived here less than a year - I suppose I don't know what was done here before I moved in, and that stuff can live in the soil for some time. But there are wild bunnies all over my property, so I wouldn't think that's the case.

    So many things can go wrong. I never allowed myself to get my hopes up too much about her, but she had been doing so well - I am sad and bitterly disappointed.
         
        05-17-2010, 11:23 AM
      #35
    Green Broke
    I am so sorry. You truly did all you could for her.
         
        05-17-2010, 11:26 AM
      #36
    Trained
    That's so sad, I'm sorry to hear it. =[
         
        05-17-2010, 11:27 AM
      #37
    Showing
    I'm sorry, Indy.

    Wild baby bunnies are just so hard to raise.

    You did your best, and are to be commended.
         
        05-17-2010, 11:32 AM
      #38
    Green Broke
    Oww :( she was doing so well and you tryed very hard, I am so sorry xxx
         
        05-17-2010, 12:44 PM
      #39
    Trained
    Aww, I'm sorry. You did good though, keeping her alive that long. Baby Bunnies are just so fragile that its so hard to keep them alive, even domesticated ones with their mamas. At least you tried :(
         
        05-17-2010, 09:23 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    There are not many creatures alive cuter than baby bunnies. They're useless, but they are SO adorable. When I was little I had my own hutch that I kept my rabbits in, and I went out twice a day to feed, water, and clean them (though that aspect was often overlooked >.<). The only problem is you start with 2 or 3, and in a few months you're up to 14, and I had to sell all but 2. It got ridiculous. Lol. Still, I love rabbits. Sorry to hear that little one didn't make it, though :(
         

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