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I found a woman who was selling holland lops in my area and she wants to sell one of two to me tomorrow. The rabbit is 3 and a half weeks old and has been separated from its mother for 4 days. She's eating hay and pellets on her own and the breeder said she's ready to go. The mother has already rejected her. Though I really do want a young young rabbit I don't want to put her in danger. That being said, she's going to sell the baby at this age either way and I'd rather her be in my responsible hands then someone who gives it to their 4 year old.
I know this is not an ideal situation, you do not need to tell me the average weaning age for a baby bunny is 6 - 8 weeks. I talked to a vet who said she know that bunnies can technically be weaned by 4 weeks but I want to get some advice on how to best take care of this rabbit when I get her tomorrow. Anything will help. She is already eating Timothy hay, drinking, and eating.
PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!!!!!
I wanted to echo SamandLady's sentiments on the "it might cost you A LOT in the long run". It's a really sad situation but you are looking at getting a rabbit who was weaned entirely too early and not getting the needed vitamins and nutrients from momma's milk. I'm telling you this from personal experience having worked with plenty of animals that have been weaned too early and had a whole load of expensive, and some time unfixable, issues the rest of their life because of it.
ETA - I read your post again and it sounds like you are definitely getting her? If so, I would take her *immediately* to a vet and ask if there is some sort of supplement she can be on that would make up for the early weaning. Also, at that age I know the House Rabbit Society and most of the rabbit savvy vets I have spoken with recommend that they be eating alfalfa hay NOT timothy hay. So, that's another question to ask your vet. Here's the link to the recommended diets: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/...ml#babies.