FEATURED RABBIT ARTICLES
Lessons from the Farm
What we’ve learned can help you care for your rabbits and make them feel safe and happy.
Information from Our Rabbit Experts
Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about rabbits.
How do I wean the kits away from their mother?
Unless you are a professional and very experienced rabbit breeder, you should plan on leaving the kits with the doe until 8 weeks of age. During this growth period, the kits have been drinking mother’s milk, but also eating a high-quality rabbit feed, the same provided to their mother. When it comes time to wean them, simply remove the doe from the cage. Leaving the kits in their familiar cage, which still has the doe’s scent, and has their feeder full of familiar food, is the least stressful way to help kits through this very difficult adjustment period. This is a very common time for bunnies to develop enteritis, so the fewer changes that are made, the better. This is NOT the time to be changing their location or their food!