Wanting to learn more about french lop babies or simply see some cuteness? This post has you covered. This amazing breed makes a great pet or fun addition to your backyard farm.
While if you don’t raise them yourself you may not be able to experience them at such a young age firsthand hand but this will be the next best thing.
French Lop Babies 1-7 Days Old
These are 1 day old french lops. Notice how they don’t have any hair and are born blind and their ears are closed up? This changes by the time they are 10-14 days old.
Below is a VERY well fed french lop baby that is two days old.
French Lop babies, at 1-7 days old, are small and some may think adorable but most wouldn’t think so. They don’t have any hair when they are born and are blind and deaf.
They typically weigh around 1.5-8 ounces. After a few days old you should start to see baby fuzz growing. These little ones are still quite inactive, spending most of their time snuggled up with their siblings or snoozing in a cozy nest covered in momma fur.
It is ok to peak in the nest and even get a few of these baby gentle giants out and play with them.. but be careful and keep a good grip. They jump around when the nest is disturbed because they are very vulnerable and let’s be honest. Snacksize. So if you get them out hold the nice and snug.
What They Eat: At this age, French Lop babies are solely dependent on their mother’s milk for nourishment. The average rabbit will nurse once or twice a day. So make sure they getting nursed and if you see the doe (female rabbit) in with her litter let them be until she leaves the nest box because she may not go back in. You don’t want a kit to miss out on a meal because it is very easy for baby domestic rabbits to fall behind the others.
Care: Keep their nest clean, dry, and quiet to ensure they are secure and comfortable. If the bedding in the nest becomes wet you should save as much fur as possible from the nest but replace the bedding. This can happen from the mom sitting in the nest and going to the bathroom in the nest or the straw can draw damp from the humidity in the air.
In their first week of life, it’s essential to monitor the babies’ health closely and make sure they are nursing well. If you notice any signs of distress or a lack of weight gain, you may need to hand-feed them until they can catch up.
French Lop Babies 1-2 Weeks Old
At this age, they are starting to look more like mini French lops, with those signature long ears, thickset body, and chunky faces.
In terms of characteristics, they are still pretty wobbly on their feet and spend most of their time snuggled up with their siblings. They are still going to be afraid of people by nature because they are still so vulnerable. It is not quite yet a good time to make a judgment on their natural temperament.
What They Eat: They still rely heavily on their mom for milk.
As for care needs, they require a warm and cozy environment to keep them comfortable, along with gentle handling to help them get used to human interaction.
During this stage, their growth is pretty rapid. They are gaining weight and becoming more active with each day. Overall, these French Lop babies are a joy to watch their growth and development at this stage.
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French Lop Babies 2-3 Weeks Old
At this stage, they are starting to become more active and curious so make sure to watch them closely to make sure they are not getting out of the nest box and not able to get back in. If you have a little adventurer you may need to turn the next box on its side. This breed of rabbit needs a very large nest box so this transition stage can be a little tricky.
What They Eat: When it comes to feeding these little ones, they are likely still nursing from their mama, but they may also be starting to nibble on some solid foods like hay and pellets. When they are 2.5 weeks old I will sit a small bowl of pellets in the nest with the kits to see if they act interested in the feed. If none of them show interest then take it out and offer it again in a few days.
As for special considerations, keeping their living area clean is essential at this stage. They are using the nest box as a toilet so it tends to need to be cleaned out fairly often. If they are not using the box for anything but a toilet then take it out of their cage completely.
French Lop Babies 3-4 Weeks Old
At 3-4 weeks old, French Lop babies are starting to get pretty active and curious. They’re developing their coordination and strength, their ears are “airplaneing” as they start to fall to the side, and their fur is filling out nicely.
What They Eat: Feeding-wise, they are almost done nursing but may still get the occasional nursing snack if momma doesn’t mind. Make sure they have constant access to fresh water. If you have large water bowls like I do it’s best to keep them full of water because the kits don’t have to lean down inside the bowl to reach the water. This keeps them from getting wet from falling into the bowl.
When it comes to handling, they’re getting more used to being held and petted, but it’s still important to be gentle and calm around them. Gradually getting them used to being handled will help them become more social bunnies as they grow.
For housing, they still need a warm, draft-free area, but they’re also becoming more active, so having space to move around and explore is important. Make sure to keep anything they may turn into a toilet out of the cage. Waste can get caught in the baby rabbits’ fur and if it’s not caught in time the rabbit’s rear ends can be pasted over.
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French Lop Babies 4-5 Weeks Old
When it comes to caring for French Lop babies at 4-5 weeks old, they are most likely fully on solid foods. If you catch them nursing it is only because the mother rabbit is a pushover.
Commercial rabbit pellets should always be available. French lop rabbits have a very sensitive digestive tract so I highly encourage you to not give them anything else until they are at least 8 weeks old. Consistency is key and not introducing new foods too quickly has proven to give the best results in my two decades of raising rabbits.
In terms of socialization, it’s crucial to spend plenty of time with these little bundles of fur. Gentle interaction and handling will help them become more comfortable around humans.
When handling them, make sure to support their bodies and be strong and confident. They don’t want to feel like they could be dropped. Keeping them clean and dry is also key for their health and overall well-being at this stage.
French Lop Babies 5-6 Weeks Old
French Lop babies are just the cutest little furballs at 5-6 weeks old! These adorable babies are starting to develop their own little personalities and are super curious about the world around them. Make sure you are careful to not let them get a hold of anything made of fabric or they can get strings off of it and if ingested that can be deadly to a french lop.
When it comes to feeding make sure they have lots of water and still have access to as much pellets as they can consume in a 24-hour period. If you overfill the bowls with feed baby rabbits will often sit in the bowls and use the bathroom at the same time so this leads to a lot of feed waste. And you don’t want them to eat the soiled food.
They should be fully weaned off of their mother’s milk and become more independent little explorers. Most mother rabbits are starting to push their babies away so they learn to live on their own.
For their living conditions, these babies need a spacious cage with plenty of room to hop around and play. Rabbits do not need a litter box and in fact, I highly discourage it. Rabbits naturly go in one spot and your rabbits need to stay off their waste. These boxes can cause build-up around the rabbit’s rear end and cause illness for your rabbits.
Wire bottom cages are key to keeping a rabbit healthy.
French Lop Babies 6-7 Weeks Old
French Lop babies are just the cutest at 6-7 weeks old! They’re starting to look like mini versions of their parents, with their signature long, floppy ears and big, round eyes. These little ones are starting to become more active and curious, hopping around and exploring their surroundings.
In terms of care, they still need access to pellets and fresh water. It’s important to monitor their weight and make sure they are growing at a healthy rate.
Socialization is key at this stage, so spending time handling and playing with them will help them become well-adjusted and friendly as they grow older. If you start to see some reservations towards people you can work with them to make it better but adult french lops are naturally people lovers so they shouldn’t be too afraid of people the older they get.
At this age, French Lop babies are developing their personalities and may start to show preferences for certain foods. Be careful about giving them anything but rabbit pellets. They can become determined and only want to eat that particular thing whether it be a fruit or vegie. This is not a healthy thing for them to do because its not unheard of for a rabbit to go “on strike” not wanting to eat their pellets.
French Lop Babies 7-8 Weeks Old
Ah, French Lop babies at 7-8 weeks old are just the cutest, aren’t they? When it comes to taking care of these little fluff balls, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First off, feeding! At this age, they should fully on pellets and not nursing at all. If you see them still doing so it might be a good idea to separate them from their mother. Most french lop does at this point can be aggressive with their babies when they try to nurse so this would be a rare situation.
As for housing, make sure they have a spacious and clean living area. If the litter is large it is ok to separate the litter to give the rabbits more room. Overcrowding can cause illness. Again don’t leave anything in the cage that is being turned into a toilet.
When it comes to interacting with human handlers should not be a struggle. They should come up to you when you open the cage door. They should be willing to accept petting and love their heads rubbed.
And lastly, keep an eye out for important developmental milestones, like them becoming more curious and exploring their surroundings. Just give them lots of love and attention, and they’ll be happy little bunnies!
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What Can Effect The Size Of A Baby French Lop
There are a few things that can affect the size of a french lop at a young age. I can’t prove out that it causes them to not get as big as they would as an adult but I am sure it does cause some issues.
The main things that cause french lops to be smaller are:
- The number of babies in the litter causes there to be less milk to go around.
- Another kit in the litter taking over and not letting the others eat as much as they otherwise could.
Basicly it all boils down to getting fed supper well (or not) in the early weeks of life.
Feeding schedule and recommended food types for optimal health
When it comes to feeding your pet rabbit, it’s all about balance.
First off, let’s talk about the consistent feeding schedule. It is best to feed them around the same time every day and only feed them once so you can tell if they are not feeling well. Going off their feed is the first clue that a rabbit is sick.
The majority of a French Lop’s diet should consist of commercial rabbit pellets. It’s also crucial to keep changes in their diet to a minimum until they reach 12 weeks old. Additionally, ensure they always have access to fresh water.
In addition to pellets, hay is an essential part of their diet. It aids in digestion and keeps those teeth in tip-top shape. When it comes to fresh vegetables, be sure to introduce them gradually and avoid feeding them high-sugar options. This should only be treats not part of their meal. Due to low protein if your rabbits fill up on the they will not fill out and grow strong like they would on pellets.