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When pet bunnies have SURPRISE BABIES!!

I shared a quick image and a few details on Instagram about some surprise bunnies that joined our house this past weekend….and the story has gotten a little more intense/crazy.  So, even though I wasn’t planning on sharing this today, I’m changing things up a bit, and wanted to chat about…..BUNNIES!

Okay, but be warned, this is a very LONG story.  And I’m adding this little disclaimer at the top after writing the story below, because I didn’t mean for it to get so long. However, anyone that knows me at all, knows that I can talk and talk and talk.  So, pull up a couch cushion and we’ll just pretend you’re here at my house and I’m updating you on our whirlwind weekend.  Do you want a treat?  I’ve got some of those too! ;)  And yes, there are some sad parts (sorry in advance), but there’s also plenty of happy parts.  And lots of pictures of tiny bunnies…..and who doesn’t like those?! ;)  Okay, here we go…

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Some of you may remember when I shared details about Elli’s 9th birthday this past December, when she got 2 Mini Rex bunnies, Rexy and Lexy.

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I don’t think I’ve shared this here (like I have on Instagram) but Lexy (the grey/white one) got out of the cage early one morning in January and Elli was devastated.  She was so sad about it, was blaming herself, and was begging me to please find Lexy as I was dropping her off to school.  We looked everywhere for Lexy, even posted pictures on our neighborhood FB page — but nothing.  No Lexy anywhere.  I kind of prepared Elli for the worst and even told her that predators need food too. (Ha, I know…not my most gentle mom moment!)  Anyway, after assuming the worst, we discussed the fact that bunnies really do better in pairs.  And we knew the more time that passed, it would make it more difficult to add another bunny (because they get territorial….blah) — so we hurried and found another bunny to join Rexy.  But this time, it was a Mini Lop bunny named Poppy!

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I know…..have you ever seen anything cuter in your whole life?!!! (Okay….my own newborn babies are pretty stinkin’ cute, but you know what I mean!)  We were really excited for her to join us, and to keep Rexy company.

However, Poppy is more of a timid bunny and it took some effort to help Rexy and Poppy get along, but they eventually did after about a full day.  Then, wouldn’t you know it, 2 days later………..LEXY CAME BACK!!!  She was really dirty and frightened and must have been hiding somewhere, but she must have been hungry and thirsty, because one night while Elli and Steve (my husband) were outside feeding the bunnies past dark, they heard something rustling around behind them, and it was………LEXY!!

Okay, I’m making this a really long story, but this is how we ended up with 3 bunnies (which is important for the story below).  We definitely had to let them figure out their dominance and suddenly our sweet little bunnies were showing some attitude, but it had to happen so they could live in peace.


ANYWAY.  We have some good friends that have a son named Hank, who also received 2 pet bunnies around the same time Elli did.  Well, one of Hank’s bunnies suddenly died and not only was he pretty devastated, the other bunny, Boomerang, seemed lonely.  So, to give it some bunny interaction, they brought Boomerang over to play with our bunnies one afternoon. It took our bunnies some time to let this strange bunny join them in the fenced play yard, but eventually, Hank’s bunny was happy and hopping around!  Oh wait, I forgot to mention, Bommerang is a BOY…..and our 3 bunnies are all GIRLS.  (We knew this for sure and even though bunnies are hard to figure out, we have become pros at checking gender.  Not even kidding.  Come on over…..we offer free gender checks!! Ha. Kidding.)  Well, we all know bunnies are master multipliers, so I’ll let you guess what happened next……but let’s just say the kids were all wondering why Boomerang kept getting a piggy back ride from Poppy!  We kind of just went with it (because we decided having babies wouldn’t be terrible, especially since we could share with Hank, who was wanting more bunnies).  Also, we never really thought Boomerang mastered his “technique”, so we kind of figured he was just practicing.

Okay, this is getting long…but hang in there.  (Or not. There are probably 20 other things you need to get done today, so put a bookmark in this and come back later….haha!)

Fast forward about 30 days (which is the gestation period for rabbits), and we had no clue about what was about to happen.  Our sweet little Poppy didn’t look any bigger than normal, she wasn’t pulling hair and creating a nest (which is what they do right before having babies, who are called kits), and we just didn’t notice any other clues that anything was different.  However, Sunday morning, there was a huge shift in the weather and a huge flash flood thunderstorm rolled in during the night and I remember about 6 in the morning, some huge thunder that kept shaking the house.  Once we all got out of bed around 8 or so, the thunder/lightening stopped and we headed outside with umbrellas and rain boots, and the kiddos splashed around in the puddles and streams for a while, collecting worms and other critters.  At one point, Steve and I made our way to the back yard, and decided to check on the bunnies, since it was still raining and pretty wet and kinda chilly outside.

(*Pause* –Our bunnies live outdoors in a pretty large 2-story rabbit hutch, right next to the house.  The top story is completely covered and sheltered but the bottom level is open and just wire. The bunnies can move freely between both levels. *Un-Pause*)

That’s when I noticed something on the bottom level of the hutch and at first, thought they were little pink mice babies.  Once I realized what I was really seeing, I started shrieking for Steve to come and see.  We both suddenly realized that Poppy had indeed been pregnant and Hank’s bunny Boomerang, was absolutely the daddy.  (However, our friends let us know about a week prior, that Boomerang had actually died.  Their whole family has been so sad about it, but especially Hank, who was the main caretaker. They weren’t sure Boomerang got into something and was sick….or if he truly was just too lonely after the 1st one died.)  Anyway, my heart immediately started to panic and I was sick that we hadn’t been more vigilant and that it was possibly our fault that there were 4 practically lifeless naked bunnies on the wire bottom of the cage, wet and freezing cold from the rain.  Awwwww…..I know this sounds crazy (well, at least it does to me, because I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a huge “pet person”), but my heart literally broke for these babies.  2 of them were absolutely lifeless and white as can be, the 3rd was a very pale pink and barely moving, and the 4th one was halfway under the ramp that goes up to the second level, so it was slightly more sheltered and a little more wiggly, but still in rough shape.  We scooped them all up (okay, Steve did….I was still a little traumatized, and told Steve who works in medicine, that I would be a TERRIBLE trauma assistant) and put them in a dry towel. Right away, Steve started rubbing their little bodies and tried to get their blood flowing.  The most lively one started pink-ing right up and then the semi-lifeless one started to get a little pinker as well. He handed those to me to keep rubbing and started working on the lifeless two, but they were just too far gone.  Steve actually got one of them to move and take shallow breaths, but I think him rubbing its body and trying so hard to revive it, was more like life-support to a brain dead animal. It broke my heart.  I know, circle of life, blah, blah…..but it was so sad to see these tiny babies lifeless.

Anyway, the two who did make it, still weren’t doing all that well, and were little icicles.  We couldn’t get them to warm up with just our hands and the towels, so we finally decided to bring them inside and place them in a laundry basket with a towel, a bunch of torn up tissues, and a heating pad below the basket. Finally, no more pale pink/white bunnies…….they both turned a nice bright pink!

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Then we decided to bring the mama Poppy inside (again, we’re not really inside pet people….but sick babies of any kind always win in my book) and placed them all in a cage with fresh bedding, plenty of water, lots of hay and pellets, and just let them recuperate for a while.

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Poppy seemed to be doing better and was drinking/eating a ton…..but she didn’t show much interest in the babies.  I kept feeling so sad that she was seemingly rejecting her offspring.  However, we read, and read, and read some more about the behavior of mama bunnies (who are called Does, I know, I know) and realized that they only briefly feed newborns 1-2 times a day, and then ignore them the rest of the day.  And that’s because in the wild, they don’t want predators to notice them….okay, makes sense, got it.  We also read somewhere that it could also take a good 24 hours before she feeds them for the first time (some of that having to do with her milk supply coming in)….so we decided to just wait it out and let her do her thing.  We also read that a mama will often times reject her first litter of kits, and then will be a fine mama after that.  Oh boy….my heart was starting to worry again.  Because holy smokes, this was them at about the 12 hour mark, and we were all in love with them. We certainly didn’t want them to be rejected.

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However, at this time, we decided we weren’t going to intervene and were just going to hope that Poppy would figure out that these were her babies, and would eventually feed them.  But not only did we notice that their bellies were shrinking and she hadn’t given them any food yet, we also noticed that when she stepped inside the little nest box we had made for them and would stand over them (which is how moms feed the baby kits), she wasn’t actually feeding them, but was peeing and pooping all over them. Waaaah!  Then she would step out of the box and go find food.  The babies would mew and wiggle and were burrowing all over the place looking for milk, but couldn’t find a thing.  So on Monday morning, about 28 hours after they were born, it seemed clear to us that she wasn’t going to do much for the babies.  Their little bellies were very sunken, their ribs were sticking out, their skin was very wrinkly, and we checked their under bellies for any white patches of milk (sometimes seen through their very thin skin), but there was nothing.  They were constantly rooting around for food and seemed starving.

As a last resort (and kind of out of curiosity to see if she had milk…and also as a recommendation on Instagram from Katy from No Big Dill, who has been a rock star with tips and advice!), I cradled Poppy inside of a towel on her back and laid one of the babies on her belly to see if she would suckle.  Poppy didn’t fight me on this and seemed very relaxed….and then in a matter of seconds, that little baby turned on her turbo mode, and started burrowing her face into the belly fur of her mama, and quickly found a teet to suckle.  She tried a few times, quit, started searching for another teet, suckled a few times, and repeated this process about 20 times.  I just don’t think there was any milk to be had.  So sad.  Finally, the mama had had enough…..and scrambled to her feet and wrestled out of my arms.

Okay, fine.  That’s when I decided we were going to adopt these babies as our own.  In fact, I have very fond memories of my mom, sister and I nursing 7 newborn baby kittens back to life with eye droppers of milk, when I was maybe 13 or so. We lived on 10 acres growing up and always had a few outdoor “farm cats” to keep the mice away….but one time, one of our cats had babies and then died after giving birth.  We found the litter that she had hidden outside somewhere before dying, and then raised those kittens until they were full grown.  That was such a cool experience for me, that I have never forgotten……so I quickly decided that these baby bunnies might not have a good chance at survival no matter what route we took, so we were going with what I knew best…..and that’s by feeding them teeny drops of milk by hand!

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Oh, and are you curious what you feed a baby bunny?  Yeah, I had no clue either.  But after doing some research we decided to go with a recipe that included Kitten Milk Replacement, Whole Goat’s Milk, colostrum powder (didn’t even know that existed for purchase), and some heavy whipping cream.  And after dropping a bit on their lips, the bunnies started to lick right away and realized, FOOD!  Ha…they were so hungry and ready for a meal, so it was all very exciting!!!

And for the first time ever, these babies had nice full round bellies full of milk!

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These bunnies are so little that our kids aren’t able to feed them yet.  In fact, I’m the only one who has because I’ve read that it’s easy to force too much into their mouth and then cause them to aspirate.  So, feeding actually takes a little time and for the first feeding, I would just barely squeeze tiny drops in their mouth through that bottle nipple (which is a kitten bottle that I found at the pet store, that came with like 5 different nipple sizes), bit by bit!  After that first feeding though, the pink bunny has become a speedy eater!  The slightly bigger grey bunny is a lot slower and tends to get it up his teeny tiny nostrils and tends to kind of cough or sneeze a bit to get it out.  So, I feed him really slowly while he’s learning.  But soon, I’m hoping the kiddos will be able to help feed with a bottle and be done!

Oh, if you ever are in this same situation, this is what a full belly of milk looks like.  When I was checking to see if the mama was feeding, I didn’t know what I was looking for.  But there is a definite white patch of milk laying across the lower right side of the belly.

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Bunnies only eat twice a day (morning and night)…so it’s really not so bad.  They mostly sleep the rest of the day, so they are very low maintenance for now.  But my gosh, they are the cutest little things!

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The other thing I learned and thought was really good to know (and will help me if we ever have to do this again and I come back to read this post), was that after each feeding, we wipe their little bums with a warm wet cotton ball, to stimulate a bowel movement, just like their mother would do.  So far, this has helped one of the bunnies to poop.  Yay!  (Why did I even just cheer about bunny poop?!!)

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Also, we have decided to weigh the bunnies once a day on our kitchen, just to see how they’re growing.  And also to see if they’re getting enough milk.  It’s hard to tell when they’re full but as they get better at sucking, I think it will be easier to gauge. (Yep, that says 1.06 ounces……so TINY!)

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So, while these babies are growing and we’re feeding them, we are keeping them inside. Do you think the cage blends right in with our decor??  Haha! ;)

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But they’re so little, all they need is a little nesting box with plenty of bedding that they can burrow under for warmth.  I’m so glad there’s 2, because bunnies are snugglers for social reasons and for warmth, so I don’t think a solo baby bunny would have survived all alone.

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Oh, and remember Hank?  The owner of the daddy of these bunnies (who has passed away)?  He has been pretty bummed that both of his bunnies are now gone.  In fact, his mom told me he misses getting up every morning to take care of them….and kinda feels lost without them.  So, he was pretty excited to come over and see and hold Boomerang’s offspring!  Gosh, I love this kid! :)

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It’s funny how this 7 and 9 year old have really taken to being bunny owners.  They both still love it, and even though the excitement has worn off for some of the other siblings, Elli and Hank are still the most attentive little owners!  And even though Hank’s have both passed, he has been so anxious to get more….which says a lot about his interest in having pet bunnies!

And it’s interesting that out of the 2 bunnies that survived, one looks to be a dark grey (which was the fur color of Boomerang) and the other seems to have white fur coming in, like Poppy.  So the kids started calling them Boomerang Jr and Poppy Jr……HA!

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(That’s Hank’s little brother Dean off to the left, in case you were thinking my little Oliver suddenly sprouted up into a big kid!)


Wow!  That turned into a long crazy novel about bunnies.  And I might even be turning into a crazy bunny lady (you know, similar to a cat lady!)……but it has been quite the adventure for all of our kids the past few days!  So even though I was planning on sharing an actual tutorial today, I hope it’s okay that I shared about baby bunny miracles instead!  These bunnies are now 3 days old, seem to be thriving, and are kind of wiggling their little bunny bodies right into our hearts!  That’s okay though, it’s something I hope my kids always remember! :)

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Talk to you soon!


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
When pet bunnies have surprise babies!!
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  1. Jayne says:

    We have a sweet little house bunny named Victor VonBunnyButt. When he was born he was missing his back leg. His mama bunny rejected him and he was bottle raised. We got him when the mom in his original family developed an allergy to him. He’s now a feisty little bunny who chases the cat and snuggles with the dogs. Did you know bunnies can get ear infections? I do now. :-) It costs several hundred dollars to clear up. But our little BB is worth it! Have fun with your babies. They are adorable!!

  2. Terrie Taylor says:

    We raised bunnies when I was a kid and one of the mama’s rejected her Kit’s. We bottle fed those sweet little bunnies. They would lay there and suck like crazy on their bottles. The all survived and grew up beautiful. I still remember my mom had them in a box in her bedroom closet.

  3. Debby kirk-hart says:

    Where are u based. I breed all sorts if rabbits an have fostered babies with different mothers due to circumstances. I have eight litters here at the moment a few days older than yours
    Babies need to eat the mums poo to form the digestive system. Keep us all up to date.

  4. Debby kirk-hart says:

    Where are u based

  5. Anonymous says:

    Where are you based

  6. Misty says:

    I would love an update on the babies. Our two naughty dogs killed a rabbit in our yard over the weekend. Long story short we now have 5 baby bunnies without a mommy. So, we are going to try to save them. We did pick up the same bottle and nipples you have been using and also a can of kitten replacement milk. Your pictures and info helped so much! We are already telling our 3 kids (ages 10, 8, and 5) not to get their hopes up, chances are the babies will still end up dying (from what we have been reading online). I really want to hope and believe we can save them. So I would love to hear how yours are doing! Thank you so much!

  7. Nancy says:

    What a great story, thanks for sharing. I didn’t know anything about baby bunnies before reading this, always good info to know just in case. Was just wondering are you going to keep these babies or are you giving them to Hank?

  8. Mantras says:

    What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing x

  9. Lucy says:

    We have just had something very similar happen although it included cannibalise on our mama bunny’s part :(
    We have two sweet little babies to care for!! Your tips have helped so much!

  10. Sayonada Y T Laeng says:

    I loved this post — and I’ll probably never have pet bunnies ever!

    thanks for sharing!

  11. Diane says:

    Seriously! It’s often hard for me to read a complete blog about a cool DIY project. I could not stop reading this. Awesome story. Thanks for sharing. Prayers go to the 2 juniors?

  12. Jen says:

    So cute, this sort of happened to us with hamsters, my sister got a hamster from the pet shop I was probably 12 Lisa was 10. My Mom looked at the hamster and commented that it was fat…. Lisa laughed and walked away so my Mom picked it up and said “OR… pregnant” sure enough 2 days later “Shaq” the hamster became “Little Mama”. She was a good little Mama too she had 6 babies, gosh were they funny.

    We have an English Lop and about 9/10 pounds… he is a big boy, also his name is Daryl. He doesn’t have a partner bunny but we have a dog (English Lab) and they get along really well, it’s pretty cute to see them together. Daryl is an indoor rabbit but he will come outside with us when we play in the yard. He follows me where ever I go and gets so excited when the fridge opens, fridge equals food… and that’s where his carrots and treat are.. I wish I could post a video Ellie would love it.

  13. Hannah says:

    I love your baby story! Thanks for telling it! Baby bunnies are totally worth a long blog post! :)

  14. Kim N says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this story! The experience of raising, caring for and occasionally mourning the death of animals is invaluable in the life of children (and their parents), bringing blessings and life lessons that might not otherwise have been learned. Our family began with one dog. Over the years, we have loved and lost many dogs and cats, and a few rabbits. Each has had a unique personality and place in our family and in our hearts.

  15. Brenda says:

    Just loved your story . You should write this into a children’s book . My grandkids loved the story

  16. Anne Coleman says:

    Please let us know how the babies are doing. Thanks for a great and informative article.

  17. Stephannie says:

    I normally don’t spend time reading a long blog, but this was a fun read. I love babies, no matter whether human or animal. These are darling. Updates in the future, please.

  18. Britta Singer says:

    I loved that! I want bunnies now! Good job!

  19. Lisa says:

    I loved this story!! Please keep us updated on how they get on!

  20. Danielle says:

    Growing up we raised bunnies. Not for their cuteness. Ha. They definitely have babies really easily! Even through pens that are different heights. We never did figure out that one. This just makes me want one even more though! I did not know they had mini breeds! So cute!

  21. Mikea Gray says:

    This story needs to be turned into a book haha loved it!

  22. Britt says:

    I love this story! My husband and I got a couple bunnies when we first got married. We probably ended up having at least 150 babies before we decided it was time to get our rabbit spayed. I loved having all the baby bunnies though, it was so fun. Oh I should mention that our bunnies were litter box trained. We sent bunnies to their new homes already house broken.

  23. Renee says:

    Great story and thanks for sharing – it doesn’t always have to be about sewing – although that’s what I love. Hopefully you’ll share some other stories and photos as they grow up! Thanks

  24. Heather says:

    I am not a pet person in any stretch of the sense, I didn’t even cry during Marley and Me, haha. But you had my sucked right in with the first picture of that floppy eared bunny. I really hope this babies have a thriving life, and will be checking in to see if there are any updates. An abandoned anything will always pull on my heartstrings.

  25. Janeen says:

    So glad you shared! Fascinating! And my boys love seeing those photos. Amazing little critters! Good work!

  26. Wendi Bohn says:

    You are so sweet. I love this story. I’m going to share it with my Aunt Elise who is a bunny rescue expert!

  27. Dee McCune says:

    Please post an update of their progress!! Love bunnies.

  28. Danyelle Rus says:

    1. Danyelle Rus says:

      Sorry, I didnt mean to post just a random things. My computer was acting funny. Any way, I was going to say, we know all to well the cycle of life around here. We have chickens, and my kids think it is the saddest thing ever when the eggs don’t hatch out of the incubator.

  29. Melissa says:

    So precious! Thanks for sharing. Now I want to get my girls a bunny.

  30. DanielleCara says:

    Ashley? I just had a thought – Could Poppy be the mother or do you think it was 1 of the other little gals in the cage? I’m just thinking that a mother’s milk really should have come in, especially in the animal world. Strange.
    The babies are so bitty and cute. Thanks for sharing this and for the cute kid photos too. Love Elli’s glasses.

  31. courtney says:

    I need to see this bunny hutch!! a bunny outdoors!!!! I need this!!! so cute!

  32. Dee H says:

    This was so heartwarming and funny at the same time. Even had similar stories when my kids were little.

  33. m grazia says:

    Thank you so much Ashley for the long breathtaking story :)) I’ll share it with my three years old nephews who have no chances of having animals here in Milan, but they are crazy for them Thank you!

  34. Katy says:

    Awwww!!! Please send more pictures as they continue to get bigger. SO cute! Thank you!

  35. Amy @ My Name Is Snickerdoodle says:

    Wow!! This is such a memorable experience for your family!! We are not “pet people” either but my heart feels for these little bunnies! Maybe it’s the mom in me. Keep up the incredible work!

  36. Karla says:

    So sweet! We had bunnies growing up and I loved it. We got some for our kids a couple years back and I did NOT love it – they weren’t very nice, I was responsible for them, blah blah. :P

    Anyhoo… something similar happened to use when I was younger. Our female rabbit had babies; we didn’t know she was pregnant and they had frozen overnight. :( I was so distraught, I noticed them as we were leaving and my dad didn’t let my do anything just told me to hurry up. Arrrgh. More babies at a different time; one of them lived, but after it had a nice coat of fur on it and was still pretty small I found it dead in its cage. :( I had a lot of pet heartbreak when I was little!

  37. Allison says:

    I lived in Phoenix growing up, so we let some of our bunnies (we had lots!) burrow into the ground to stay cool. One night during a horrible monsoon storm, we went out to check on the bunnies and realized that one of the does had just had babies… the burrow had filled with water and they floated to the top. We grabbed them, rubbed them and my mom (who is NOT an animal person) even attempted CPR. Miraculously, several survived. The mama wanted nothing to do with them, so we fed them formula with a medicine dropper. I will never forget it! I loved reading your bunny story… it brought back some fun memories!

  38. Melinda F says:

    I thoroughly enjoy the entire bunny saga! Please share updates on how the kits (learned something new) are doing. I’m invested in the story now :)

  39. Rita Blankenship says:

    I loved this story & thanks so much for sharing with us. Growing up on a farm with all kinds of animals, anything that has to do with pets just steals my heart away. My family are dog people but raised horses, rabbits, birds, cows, pigs, goats, guinea pigs, cats, donkeys, mules and even a zebra once. Raising animals by hand feeding them bring a closeness that nothing else ever will. I’m so glad that your children have the chance to do this with these bunnies when they get a little bigger. It breaks my heart that so many children never get the chance to know the love and joy of a pet.

  40. Auntiepatch says:

    Spay your bunnies! It’s best for them and for you. They can start having babies when they are 30 days old. They can get pregnant 48 hours after giving birth and have another litter in 30 days, at which time the first litter can get pregnant. And it starts again. They are the bottom of the food chain for a reason; they reproduce quickly. So, spay your bunnies! If you want more, there are shelter bunnies needing homes.

  41. KellyM says:

    Very cute story and sweet little baby bunnies! I absolutely love your website!
    We had bunnies when I was young. We adopted a lop eared bunny from a friend that was the only one out of his litter saved from his momma eating her litter.(Eek! Yes, they do that!) So our saved bunny was missing his ear. We named him lefty. He was adorable. But very territorial when he grew. He would chase us around his yard enclosure! lol We kids would laugh ourselves silly to be chased by a cute one eared lop eared bunny.
    We adopted a couple more distressed litter bunnies, and found they do multiply! It may have had something to do with my brother and I putting them in all together. lol. We were young and didn’t know that rabbit’s do…what rabbits…do. We just thought they would like to enjoy time together in a group. My dad was really upset when we ended up with I think 20 bunnies. We had a bunny hutch cabin to house them in. (We lived in the country). I think that is when we got the talk about the birds and the bees and the bunnies. lol. It became my brother and I’s responsibility to feed and care for the “bunny farm” As cute as they are, I enjoy the wild rabbits that live and nest under my shed now, and though it was a great experience when I was a kid, I will never have another pet bunny.

  42. elaine says:

    That is so cool! I hope you will continue to update us on their progress.

  43. eva says:

    Hello. I loved your bunny story. I was wondering how you came upon choosing that breed of bunny for your kids. We are thinking of getting bunnies for our soon to be 6 and 7 year olds. Thanks for any info.

  44. Stacey says:

    I’m amazed at how much fur has come in by day 3! Keep up the good work!! I remember my mom helping me feed baby guinea pigs drops of milk.

  45. Tanya Townsend says:

    That is the cutest story I have ever heard, and so very touching, and you are so funny telling, it makes the story even better, lol, just loved it, thank you for sharing, you made my day, God bless

  46. Laura says:

    Wow! What an amazing story! So glad those two survived, they are just too adorable!!

  47. Erica Guadagnoli says:

    What sweet little babies. I honestly like reading stuff like this and not just all crafty things ;) I’ve been wanting to get bunnies for a long time but don’t know if I can handle it right now, I’m on my own with 6 kids, 3 full grown chickens, 4 baby chickens and 2 cats in a 3bdrm house. Hopefully in the future we can add some bunnies but I think my plate is full at the moment! It was nice reading your story! :)

  48. Winter says:

    I clicked the link intending to take a quick peek at bunny photos but I, too, was captivated. I read every word, felt your pain at losing Lexy, Boomerang and two babies. I cheered when Lexi returned, when you and Steve saved two of the offspring, when they ate and yes, even when they pooped.
    I laughed, I cried, this post had it all. ;)

    Thanks for a lovely break. Now, back to sculpting.

  49. Deborah says:

    Loved the story and all the extra details including the fact that you didn’t forget to identify Oliver. Can’t wait for the updates.

  50. No one special says:

    Okay, I’ll start this off by saying my family successfully raises show rabbits. I’m not attempting to come down on you at all, so please don’t take it that way. There are a few bits of advice I’d like to share with you. Your rabbits won’t be “lonely” without a companion. As a matter of fact they are VERY territorial (especially does) and even same sex animals will viciously fight each other, potentially seriously injuring and even killing each other. Some animals do fine for a while, when hormones get going even close siblings and animals housed together their entire lives can become aggressive. Second, bringing your friend’s rabbit over to visit and play with your rabbits is not a good idea. Rabbits carry disease and parasites, it’s quite common, that will very quickly sicken and kill your rabbits. Rabbits are also very susceptible to stress and die quite suddenly from changes in environment, changes in food, temp changes,being handled excessively, etc. Here are some good resources you can explore to help you with any questions you may have: In addition, there are many FB groups dedicated to raising rabbits that can be helpful. Homesteading and or show groups are probably better sources of accurate info than many of the pet centric groups. Congrats on your babies, and good luck!

  51. Susan Neely says:

    Loved reading every word. My daughter has guinea pigs, seven of them, but when I was a kid, we had bunnies. I can tell you that you are doing a great job and are spot on in your technique for raising and caring for them. Your kids are learning such a valuable lesson of life, loving and caring, loss and how nature works. Having a bond with another family and sharing offspring is even better. Reminds me of farm living! Keep up the good work!

  52. Kelly says:

    Don’t be too hard on Poppy. We raise rabbits and have found that more often than not, the Mama rejects her first litter. It’s like she’s not sure what to do with them. Often they’ll push them out of the cage. So glad you were able to save two!

    1. Meg says:

      We have rabbits too and thought about breeding them. Does the mother to kit rejection get better after the first litter? How do you prepare for a new litter? We have 2 girls and they share a hutch like Ashley. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!!

    2. Kelly says:

      They need separate hutches if one is pregnant to cut down on the risk of the other rabbit harming the babies. In our experience, the rejection DOES get better after the first litter. We had one bunny who rejected more than one litter, but we got rid of her. All we do to prepare for a new litter is provide mama with a nest box (not cardboard, they’ll eat it) and leave her to it. She’ll pull out fur from her belly to line the nest area for the babies. Other than that, just extra food and water. And don’t touch the babies when they’re super little if you can avoid it. If their eyes are still closed and you HAVE to pick them up, I would recommend gloves. Sometimes mamas will reject the babies if they don’t smell right. Once their eyes are open and they’re moving around a little better, you can handle them more. Good luck!

  53. Rachael says:

    How cute are they -what a great story! I’d love to see updates as they grow.

  54. lindsey says:

    omg how cute are those baby bunnies – good luck hand rearing them!

  55. Abiola says:

    Wow…I was so curious to see what a day old bunny looks like…so tiny and cute. My first time!
    Glad I clicked through.

    Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this. And the joy on Hank’s face!

  56. Michelle says:

    I loved this post. Crossing my fingers for continued good news. And updates please!

  57. Robin says:

    So cute!!! so sad about the other two…I thought there would be a twist to the store and Lexy would be the momma (thinking she might have found a friend on her trip outdoors.

    1. Roberta says:

      That’s still a possibility. 30 day gestation period! Maybe she will have more bunnies!

  58. Emily says:

    Love this story, it is so fascinating! Thanks for sharing, keep us updated on those sweet babies!

  59. Brooke says:

    Oh my goodnesss! I was honestly captivated the whole time reading. So glad you could help those baby bunnies!

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