Eastern Cottontail Rabbits: Eastern cottontails feed their young only at night. You will not find the female during the day. Rabbits leave the nest when they are just three weeks old. A rabbit with its eyes open, ears standing up and approximately five inches long is self-sufficient and does not need your assistance.
Rabbit nest are shallow holes in the ground, commonly in lawns. The mothers line the nests with fur and dry vegetation. If you find such a nest, use a stick as a tool and cover the nest with grass. Try no to touch the nest or the rabbits. If you wish to determine if the mother is still visiting the nest, place a thread across the nest-top in the evening and see if it has been disturbed by morning. Cottontail mothers return to the nest even if the young have been handled or the nest exposed by a lawnmower. If the nest is disturbed, cover it with grass clippings.
When baby bunnies are about the size of a child's fist, they are pretty much on their own. If you have to chase a baby rabbit to catch it, it doesn't need to be rescued. If you find a rabbit nest in your yard with young rabbits, please consider leash walking your dog in your yard until the young are out of the nest and on their own. Like all babies, baby rabbits do best with their mom. Baby bunnies have a poor survival rate if taken from their mom too soon. Please leave nesting rabbits and their young alone.
If you find a baby rabbit that is injured you should call OAHS immediately so they can refer you to someone that might be able to help. Do not try to feed baby bunnies or any other wild baby animals milk or any kind of formula. Good intentions can be harmful to them. Offer water and if you can't resist, offer a small piece of apple. When in doubt, it is usually best to leave wild animals alone. Mom is probably watching from a safe distance and hoping you will leave her babies alone.