Baby rabbits – usually start exploring outside the nest when they are around 18 days old, but stay quite close. If their eyes are still closed, then they are under 10 days old then they are too young to be out of the nest and needs to be observed. If the baby is uninjured, then do the following:
– Cover the rabbit back up and wait. The mother usually checks on her babies a couple of times a day. If after 24 hours the nest is undisturbed, then contact local wildlife rehabilitator.
– Do not feed them as they need a specific feeding and rehydration schedule, which a wildlife rehabilitator will be trained to do. Do not use water or milk. You could end up killing them, even if you mean well.
– Fear can make a rabbit’s stomach shut down, which is fatal. If they seem calm, they are most likely in shock from injury, or too scared to move.
Do not try to handle them, as they will think you are trying to kill them. Keep children and pets away from them.
Only IF the baby is in immediate danger, they are injured, the nest cannot be found, or the mother has returned, take action. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator, and only if they are going to be some time, or you need to transport them yourself, do the following:
– Line a shoebox with cloth, and ensure it has air holes before placing the rabbit in it.
– Use a heat pad, as babies must stay warm. You can make a home-made one by filling a sock with uncooked rice and tying it with a knot or string. Heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and, making sure it is not too hot, place it in the shoebox.
– Secure the shoebox for the journey. Do not play the radio, and keep a calm, quiet environment when transporting the rabbit.