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My month old kits have them stuck to the fur.  Guess soft stool are pressed together and harden into a big one.  Should I just let the mother remove them in time or should I give the kits a soaking to soften the poop and wash the area?

Hi Tom,

The mother will not clean them but water is going to make it worse.  You need to get some small clippers and pick the poop balls off.  It is not pleasant but unless you want to take them to the vet to get it shaved off, this is probably your only option.  Rabbits have very delicate skin.  Do not put the clippers anywhere near the skin.  Since the mass of poop is most likely not entirely on the skin you can cut into it with scissors and pick it apart.  If poop bothers you, you can wear gloves.  Although I will tell you that it is really much easier to just pick it apart with your fingers.  I know it is not pleasant and nobody wants to pick through poop but if you don't it is just going to keep getting bigger and the babies are in danger of getting fly strike.  Not to mention that if they have a wad of poop on their butt they will not be able to eat their cecotropes.

Rabbits who get like this usually have a dietary issue.  Are you feeding them hay?  They need hay.  It is acceptable to feed them alfalfa hay since they are babies but if their pellets also have alfalfa (most commercial pellets do) then I would use timothy hay.  If you are giving them any veggies that may be to much for their delicate GI system.

Good luck to you



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I am a licensed American Rabbit Breeders Registrar. I do not show rabbits anymore nor do I breed them. I do believe it is important that people that chose to breed rabbits do so with only purebred and genetically sound animals or that they have a thorough understanding of genetics prior to breeding. I have chosen to keep my registars license to help the 4H youth in my area. I do stay current on all breeds, varieties, show rules, regulations of the ARBA. I have spent the past 8 years focusing on rescuing and caring for PET bunnies who were no longer wanted. I am the current CEO of Little Angels Animal Sanctuary, Inc. I was appointed CEO of the rescue organization and sanctuary in 2008. We gained our 501(c)3 IRS tax exemption status in 2012. We have taken on the task of rescuing unwanted PET rabbits as well as some farm animals. I teach genetics and health to the local youth as well as register and promote the breeding of only purebred and genetically sound animals. I rescue PET rabbits. These are rabbits that lived in peoples homes and were either surrendered to us or sent to the auction for meat. While I believe that all bunnies should be pets, I understand that people raise them for other reasons. I will answer questions from anyone, regardless of their purpose. I will reject any questions that are considered unethical or inhumane.

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