I know it’s a bit blurry, but I cannot stress how difficult it is to take a picture of baby rabbits… especially these ones! I swear they wiggle and climb and crawl and loop around in my hands just to mess with me. It is an uphill battle with the little black kit just to feed him! It is near impossible.
Other than being on a mission to give me an aneurism, the twins are doing fine. They are both eating well and gaining weight. I couldn’t ask for more. When raising rabbit kits, I perceive three major hurdles in their development and likeliness of survival.
1.) Reaching 3-days old. Most runts die or display disturbing behavior within the first 72-hours.
2.) Reaching 3-weeks old. This is about the time most kits are weaned by their mothers. If they have an issue with their digestion, now is usually the time I loose the weaker kits as they begin to eat more solids.
3.) Reaching 6-weeks old. I have never lost a kit past the 6-week mark. By this age, it would be extremely unlikely that a weak or compromised kit would pass by un-noticed. Signs of weak kits are on the obvious side: under weight, loss of appetite, lethargic. That is why it is so important to raise rabbits where I can get to know them and see them several times a day. Once a rabbit makes it to that glorious 6-week mark, I can rest easy.
Long story short, I do not know if either of the twins will make it to see 6-weeks old. I certainly hope they do and I sure as heck am fighting for them, but there are simply no guarantees. They have made it over the first hurdle! Two more to go! Tomorrow they will be 1-week old. Keep rooting for them.