How young is too young? A baby should be separated from his mother only after he has naturally weaned himself from his mother's milk. That process often starts at around 6 weeks and continue about two to three weeks after that. The babies starts to eat solid and little by little stops nursing all together. Normally their mother will become ready to mate again at around 8-9 weeks after the birth of her current litter and that is generally a good time to wean them. When a doe that has milk is separated from her young too early, she also suffers as she can develop mastitis from having too much milk left in her mammalian glands, as the babies mature they nurse less and the milk diminishes slowly. When taken from her suddenly at 5 weeks, mom still have too much milk and can become will from it. Please do not buy 6 weeks old rabbits from anyone, especially not here in Utah as selling rabbits before 8 weeks, is against the law and punishable legally. Rabbits are not ready to be separated from their moms at such tender age, it is like saying that your 13 year old son is ready to live on his own. Rabbits that are weaned at 5 weeks so they can be sold at 6 weeks are often sickly and often present digestive problems, that's due to being separated too early. Such breeders and farmers stores are taking in consideration only their cage space and profits, if they loved their animals they would allow their babies to be with their moms until they are ready to separate. Such people are thinking of selling their babies while they still cute, as rabbits often goes thru a period of awkward looks after 6 weeks. How sad!
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