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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.
 
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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.
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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.

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livi6113 years ago
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.
Myrka livi6114 months ago

nice glad they survived

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.
Myrka4 months ago

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

parisusa11 months ago
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.
ebishop21 year ago
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 "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 "recreate the scene". 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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dlphinlvr133 years ago
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.

I'll keep you posted. I am so grateful that there are helpful sites like this.

Scumm73 years ago
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
Gtazz4 years ago
anything about a baby rabbit with broken legs
Batness Gtazz4 years ago
Call a local wildlife rescue; they have experience raising animals like that and can help.
nikeman764 years ago
hmm... i see a lot of rabbits in my backyard but no matter how had i try, I CANNOT FIND THEIR NEST!
zoestarr4 years ago
i have a success story. my dog caught a baby 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 milk from your vet (sometimes need to forse feed like i had to, but be very gentle), a large  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, 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.
usb.to.go4 years ago
 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. 
Thanks 
Spint5 years ago
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!
tcase Spint4 years ago
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.
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  Spint5 years ago
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?
pendulum304 years ago
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 "wild life preservation" 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!
worleyll5 years ago
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?
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  I_am_Canadian6 years ago
Did you read the Instructable? Specifically steps two and three?
Ahh... Now i get it. Neat 'ible.
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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll6 years ago
You must let the mother do her job, otherwise the babies will die. That is key to the babies' survival. You cannot "adopt" them or try to care for them yourself. Unless you are a professional, they will die. Even if you are a professional, there is a high chance of death. You can do things like rescue them from the dog, repair the nest, and check up on their progress, but you can't take them into your home.
You can if you want them to die :)
silaspiral5 years ago
Thanks for posting this--I've worked in rehab for several years and it's unbelievable how much people don't know about dealing with wild animals, especially young ones. We've had a number of people come in saying they've tried to feed the babies cow milk and they died or they just bring in a whole nest of big, fat, healthy babies just because they have a dog (!). The more people know, the better!
steed11725 years ago
oh my gawd!!.. there so tiny!!.. and fuzzy!!...and tiny!!....and cute!!
OMG They are sooooooo cute. I did something like that a year ago and let me tell you one thing, I love bunnies.
what about unhatched eggs in a nest on your porch? im not sure what to do, the mother hasnt come back in 2 days..
lol
Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)  Yerboogieman6 years ago
Eggs? Rabbits are mammals, are you sure it's not a birds nest? Try Googling how to incubate and care for eggs, there's bound to something useful.
Pambo5 years ago
and if they turn on you?
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