Caring for a lionhead baby bunnies differs from caring for a grown up lionhead rabbit. They need for example a lot of extra daily care and have a special diet. If your lionhead rabbit is pregnant and will give birth to bunnies any time soon you should visit our page that is related to caring for a litter. The current page you are reading will focus on caring for one or a couple of young bunnies that you’ve bought.[adsense]
Caring for young lionhead baby bunnies
There is a difference in caring for a single lionhead baby bunny and caring for a complete litter. Caring for a complete litter including the doe is more complicated and requires some experienced handling. This is due to the fact that you also have to care for their mother and they need extensive specialized care till 3 or 4 weeks after they are born.
Purchase or create a cage
After you purchased one or multiple bunnies the first thing you should do is to create an environment in which they feel comfortable and safe. There are several options, you could either buy a cage online or at a local pet store or you could create your own. Please keep in mind that baby bunnies do not require a lot of space. Moreover, most breeders and bunny owners use a simple box that has straw or a soft blanket at the bottom. Whatever option you select the aim should be that you create a warm environment that is comfortable. In order to drink you will have to place a water bottle or a small container that allows the young rabbits to drink fresh water. See here a list of housing options.
Feeding your lionhead baby bunny
In general a breeder will not sell a lionhead baby bunny until he no longer depends on his mother for feeding. Therefore it is most likely that your bunny is already used to eating small portions of alfalfa hay and pellets. This is exactly what your baby bunny needs. Their diet should consist out of high nutrition food with a lot of proteins, fibers, fat and calcium. In addition, it is recommended to feed your bunny with alfalfa hay and occasionally a pellet. Read more about what to feed your lionhead rabbit. It might be helpful to keep a list of everything you feed them, that enables you to better monitor their weight and general health. Please keep in mind that it is not allowed to feed any rabbit treats until they are 7 months old.
Especially when lionhead rabbits are relatively young you should give extra care to their manes, if you don’t groom them once in a while this might lead to health concerns such as an ear infection.[adsense]
Get to know each other
It is important that your baby bunny learns to be in companionship with humans. That way you might be able to create some kind of a bond between you and your lionhead and reduce the odds that he eventually become very skittish.
I just recently took my baby lion head to the vet (she is 12 weeks) and the doctor I saw has specialized in rabbits for 20+ years. He said that they should actually be fed Timothy hay instead of alfalfa hay because alfalfa hay should only be a treat because too much can harm their immune system.