Saturday, November 19, 2011

Baby rabbits - four weeks and popping

Here they are at four weeks!  They look bigger every day, and they eat more than I would have imagined possible.

The kits seem to have settled into a routine of being out and about; last week they were driving their mother crazy, following her around and trying to nurse all the time; this week, they have stopped doing that, and Hazel seems much happier and less harassed.  They all seem to enjoy hanging around together, now.

One thing I have learned about baby rabbits this week: they "pop."  If you watch a litter of young rabbits for very long, you will notice some similarities to watching popcorn in action.  They just pop suddenly straight up in the air, quite often, and with a whole group of them doing it, it's hilarious.  We stand at the window and watch them just to get a laugh!  Erin tells me that it is a reflex that is designed to get them to leave the nest when they are ready - they start popping and fall out of the nest, and off they go.

Erin and Hazel

Hmm.  I'm glad teenagers don't do this.  It would be awkward in church.

Find previous bunny posts:

Bunnies on the Way!
Rabbits - New Arrivals! 
Week-old rabbits
Two week old bunnies - eyes open and hopping around!
Baby Rabbits at Three Weeks

Photo Credit: Anna Hausam

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