Weaning in rabbits refers to the process of transitioning the young rabbits (known as weaners in case) from their mother’s milk to solid food.
This is an essential time for the kits (weaners) as their digestive systems must adapt to a new diet.
Weaning usually begins when the kits are around 4 to 6 weeks old.
They start by nibbling on hay and pellets while they are still nursing. As they grow older and their digestive systems develop, they gradually consume more solid food and less milk.
Note that weaning should be a gradual process. Separating the kits from the mother can cause stress and health problems.
After the kits are fully weaned, they can be separated into living spaces.
A healthy diet for weaned rabbits includes a variety of fresh hay, rabbit pellets, and fresh water.
As they mature, a small amount of fresh vegetables can be introduced into their diet.
Hay, however, should be the primary component as it aids in digestion and helps wear down their continuously growing teeth.« Back to Rabbit Glossary