Will newborn rabbits suckle from another doe?

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by shooter, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. shooter

    shooter New Member

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    I have 3 does,2 nzealand and 1 california,,,,they all had babies today and a nzland and a calif does lost all of their babies to freezing,,,the 1 nzland has 13,,can I move and split babies up between the three?is there a scent problem,is it too late? anyone ever done it before? ,,I dont think that young doe will take care of all 13,,can I breed back the does that lost babies in a few days?
     
  2. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Ned,The other does should take them,Does usually only feed once in a 24hr period,I have read in a rabbit book that you can introduce them at feeding time and watch the doe. Some people remove the young during cold weather and only put them in with the doe for feeding till they get a little bigger. I havent tried this,But I seem to remember Jeremy haveing a surrogate doe when he had those wild cottontails a year or so ago.
     

  3. ar_confederate

    ar_confederate New Member

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    I've also read that you can put a drop of vanilla extract on the doe's nose and by the time it wears off, the adoptees will have her scent.