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This guide will walk you through the care of a wild rabbit's nest and it's inhabitants. This advise is based on personal experience and a small amount of research.

Step 1: You've Found a Nest!

Rabbits' nests are generally well hidden and can turn up anywhere. The most common places are near bushes, trees, and tall grass. A rabbit's nest can be identified by its common construction of grass and fur. Tall grass is tightly woven into clumps of the mother's fur, providing insulation and camouflage. This covers the burrow underneath.

If you come across a nest under no special circumstances, the best thing to do is leave it be. Don't lift the cover to see the cute bunnies inside. Yes, baby rabbits are incredibly cute and fun to watch, but don't let that be a risk to their survival. If nothing looks out of the ordinary, do not disturb the nest.
<p>I've petted the bunnies I've seen every morning, after school, and at the afternoon. I'm not trying to be mean but the mom always came back. Today I woke up finding two of them missing. My grandma said they followed their mom. I was happy to hear that but 3 were left. Sorry if I've hurt/said too much.</p>
I was wondering if you could tell me what type of bunny this is
<p>That's definitely a Domestic Rabbit. It's probably a Netherland Dwarf. </p>
<p>sorry to sound stupid, but our lawn guy just uncovered a nest of babies. He said they were mice.. the nest was close to our house near a basement window. they looked like they were just born to a few days. They were black, but had long bodies. He said the nest was covered with fur. A little later his wife said that she thought they were bunnies because of the ears. There were about 6 of them. I couldn't see tails, but I wasn't close to them, but his wife said she seen a tail.. but it wasn't as long as it's body (as I said a mouse should have lol). Would a litter of about 6 bunnies be all black?. I am confused.. how do you tell the difference or are these something else? I am worried since it was close to our basement window, wondering where the parents our.</p>
<p>Wild rabbit babies should not be all black, though they may be somewhat blackish before their fur grows in. They have a little furry tail about the same size or smaller than their ears. If the nest is shallow and covered in fur with grass around it, it's almost certainly rabbits. If their fur is truly all black, one or both parents is likely a stray or abandoned domestic rabbit. If so please contact a rabbit rescue group (if there is none near you, try a local pet rescue many will take rabbits). Domestic rabbits do not have a good chance of surviving out in the wild.</p><p>This should help you with identifying them and knowing what to do next: http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Feral_and_stray_rabbits</p>
<p>I FOUND A BABY RABBIT IN THE FRONT GARDEN WHILE WATERING, THEN 2 DAYS LATER FOUND THE NEST APPROX 12 TO 16 INCHES FROM THAT SPOT THAT IS WHAT BROUGHT ME TO THIS SITE THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR INFORMATION DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. STILL DON'T KNOW IF MOTHER RABBIT IS AROUND BUT NOW I KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR. S.LEVITSKY SIMPSONVILL,S.C.</p>
I found a nest of newborn wild bunnies (eyes haven't opened) and unfortunately my dog found and killed one:( I need to move them so the other two don't die but I don't know how to do that without the mother abandoning them from not knowing where they are. Please help!
<p>well, if you haven't seen the mother, she is probably gone somewhere. If the mother is gone you can just pick them up with a towel. I would keep them warm in a box but put it on outside. Sometimes the mother shows up that way</p>
<p>I think I found one. It has hay and grass in it. My dog keeps digging at it and acting like she wants to protect it. I haven't seen a mom in 2-3 days. Should I dig it up and get the babies? I don't see fur but my guess is their only 2 days old since the mom has been absent.</p>
<p>As a Watership Down fan you did something awesome by sharing</p>
My cat brought a baby rabbit home and I had no clue what to do to help it. It was late night, and I put it in the box with grass and water, planning to call &quot;wild life preservation&quot; next day. For this poor rabbit it was too late. They're so fragile when out of nest! Your instructable will help many other baby rabbits to be returned safely to their nest, to live and be well!<br />
<p>Bunnies will die from something in cats Saliva !!!!</p>
<p>Thanks for posting the great info. We have spotted a rather pregnant mom rabbit the last few weeks in our back yard. today while outside in the yard my wife was cleaning up the gardens and accidently found a nest. she cleared the top of the nest off exposing 3 or 4 little bunnies. eyes are just barely opening and are all curled up in a ball.. as I observed the 4some I realized 3 were breathing fine and one was not. Upon closer inspection without getting to intrusive I found that the one little rabbit closest to the outside of the nest was not alive, and appeared to have died 2 or 3 days ago (didn't smell to nice). Being in southern Ontario the nights are still pretty damp and cold so maybe it got to him. I removed it from the nest as it was rotting pretty good and didn't want it to bring sickness to the rest. we did see momma rabbit yesterday in the yard, going to keep an eye out today and this evening to see if she returns and what she does with them. </p>
<p>I found a rabbit nest while preparing flower bed a few days ago. The nest is practically in the open, no grass around at all and is dangerously close to street. It is really the worst place to raise babies! Everytime I see someone walking a dog, I was nervous. I check the nest everyday. So far the babies are doing fine, they grow fast and eyes are open now. I don't know how to keep them safe when they are old enough to leave the nest.</p>
<p>I was weed eating and hit rabbit nest. I covered it back up will they be ok I didn't hit any of them ?</p>
<p>today at school i rescued a bunny like the one in the image but smaller and it was bleeding on its nose very much so i took it to my agriculture teacher and we wiped the nose with a damp cloth and put her her the hutch with our lionhead bunny and our lionhead nola took care of it as her own then after school we took it to the vet and it survived. this was a great exprience for me because i want to be either a rehabalitor or veternarian.</p>
<p>I found 2 baby bunnies in the grass on my lawn.No sign of a nest in the vicinity.They appear OK and are grooming each other and are cuddled together.Is there anything I should do..they are unprotected out in the open.</p>
my dad ran over a baby bunny with a mower when I was little. it was OK though. we put it on the side of the house in a shoe box with meds on the very tip of its ear (which he managed to clip off with the mower). Also lettuce and some old strawberries. we checked on them on the middle of the night and there were 5 extra babies and the mama in the box! it was a great experience for me.
<p>nice glad they survived </p>
ironically, my Dad managed to find a bunny nest BEFORE he started mowing the lawn. i'm 50% sure they were orphaned too, because a week prior, I found a dead adult bunny under a bush. that could've been the dad tho.
<p>I have trouble me and my friend found a baby bunny alone in the grass at school then the janitor came to mow the field where we found it so we carefully graved it and hid it from the janitor but then the teacher caught us with the bunny and gave it to the janitor </p>
Great advice! Mother animals know best but on rare occasions human help can be beneficial. Encourage children to leave wild animals alone and only "look"! There are thousands of domestic pets - bunnies included -that desperately need adoption! If you have space, time and can commit more than 10 years consider adopting a bonded pair.
Thank you for the information. Last night while cleaning the leaf litter out from under our tree in the front yard, I found the nest, undisturbed until I nearly stepped on it. Inside the &quot;pocket are three babies, which last night we took for chipmunks as it was near dusk. I took some old coconut basket liner and placed it over the nest after attempting to &quot;recreate the scene&quot;. This morning when I checked on them I found out I had bunnies. They had moved out of the cocoon and into the coconut liner. It did not appear as if a mother rabbit had been there as the liner itself appeared undisturbed. I placed the bunnies back in their pocket and will keep an eye on them today. I will follow your instructions on placing something so I can see if the mother rabbit is coming to feed them, and may make the nest more protected, as I had cleaned out the area extensively and mowed before I found them. Luckily, I have access here to one of the best anilmal rehabilitators. She has told me to bring them to her if they appear abandoned. Her website is http://www.picturetrail.com/backwoodslynne if anyone else needs advice or just wants to see her marvelous abilities.
don't pick the rabbit up with your hands or the mother could reject it.
Actually, there are very few species that will abandon their young just because it's been touched by or smells like a human. That's mostly a myth. The parental instinct is very strong in most species, sometimes so strong that they will adopt young that are not their own (or not even their own species!).
Ah yeah I heard not too long ago that it was a myth elsewhere. By the way I said that five years ago I was a stupid 13 year old then xD
Ha, I hadn't looked at the date on your post. five years too late I guess.
Unlike most animals, that is not true for rabbits. Read the last line in step two.
oh ok my mom insisted that we not touch it the first day we saw them. so I guess that was worthless :P
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This helped so much today. Today, my dog,Ruby, 2 year old golden retriever found a rabbits nest in our yard. unfortunately, I did not recognize that squeaky sound as bunnies but when my husband heard he knew it was some kind of animal. There were 6 bunnies all of which were out of the nest. Thanks to Ruby. two were in a garden where she was sitting stairing at them. two by our swing set and two more by our shed. They are very little, eyes not open yet. Ruby, accidentally, killed one, another one was completely drenched and another is questionable . But we returned five including the one who did not seem great back to the nest and tried to re-create the best we can. We are banning our dog from the backyard for now :( but she has the front yard. I am going to check on them tomorrow morning. I hope she comes back. I am going to do what they suggested so I can see if the nest has been disturbed. <br> <br>I'll keep you posted. I am so grateful that there are helpful sites like this. <br> <br>
When I beagle found a nest in our yard, I used a paver to cover most of the nest and a couple well placed cinder blocks to allow the mother access. She moved the babies that night.
if you got a baby that is now an orfan [i dont] could you make an indoor home just like its old one like a modle
anything about a baby rabbit with broken legs
Call a local wildlife rescue; they have experience raising animals like that and can help.
hmm... i see a lot of rabbits in my backyard but no matter how had i try, I CANNOT FIND THEIR NEST!
i have a success story. my dog caught a baby&nbsp;rabbit the size ov the 1 in the photo while walking her one day. i thaught it was cute and took it home. with full care and attention including bottle feeding with warm&nbsp;milk from your vet (sometimes need to forse feed like i had to, but be very gentle), a large&nbsp; shoe box full with hay and a warm woolen beanie, baby farricks for food also. 7 months on i still hav my little rabbit. now she is not so little. eats rabbit pellet, grass, hay, apple,banana,&nbsp;and has the most awsome personality for a rabbit. she knows to come when called, that look means her favourite food, when i ask her if she wants to come she knows shes going in the car. she loves to come in the car. she has also been able to toilet train her self amazingly and lives inside as the house bunny.
&nbsp;This is a great instructable I read this and then a couple days later (today) I saw two cats chasing a bunny and followed this instructable and it bounded happily away after recovering a bit from the shock.&nbsp;<br /> Thanks&nbsp;
I don't agree with the whole they will die if you take care of them, we were landscaping on our property and unfortunatley the tractor killed the mother in the underground burrow, so I took the little baby bunnies inside gave them a rodent milk mix thing we had on hand out of a syringe just dripping it into their mouths and the majority lived to adulthood meaning one died :(. But then again I have more experience with animals then most living on a ranch my whole life. Good 'ible though!
From what I understand, its not that they will die if you take care of them if you understand how to, and try to do the research. What I think you heard is that if you disturb a nest by removing the bedding and putting it back, the mother will abandon the nest. We had this happen when we lived in ohio. I, as a young stuborn child uncovered a nest and recovered it.. I was afraid that when they mowed the grass to the field they were in, they would be killed.... my mother watched to see if the mother mother had come back... dont know how she would know... but evidently the mother either didnt come back, or my mother got tired of waiting 3 days and wanted to make sure they were taken care of... not knowing about rabbits in the first place, and trying our best. We made a new nest in a box, when the babies got big enough, they tried jumping out of the box, breaking their necks in the process... If I knew then, what I know now, I would have just left them alone, but now raising rabbits for food, I understand that when they were jumping out of the box, they should have just been let go. Wild animals are wild animals, no matter if you raise them domestically or not, and should be left alone. If your sure the mother abandoned the nest, make sure you do research in takeing care of wild rabbits because some people can tell you some things and others will tell you another. No matter what, always, always CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL.
Thanks! Glad to hear that some survived! But, as you said, you have more experience with animals. Most people would give the rabbit the wrong type of milk (cow's milk, for example), or try to feed them lettuce and carrots, resulting in the rabbit's death. Where did you get the rodent milk?
I found two babies running around my house. They are about the size of the one in step 5. We put them near our chimney and they stayed there all night. Are they old enough to be on there own? Should we feed them anything? Should we move them away from the chimney to see if they will go?
Why not just let the parents do their job?

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