Preventing Nest Box Eye Infections in Baby Rabbits

by Josée

The baby rabbits opened their eyes a couple days ago; this normally happens ten days after being born. When the kits start to open their eyes I check each baby rabbit to make sure both eyes have opened. Any closed gooey eyes could indicate nest box eye infections which is something that I have encountered once before. Keeping the nest box clean can help prevent eye infections. I usually clean the nest box a couple days before the babies open their eyes and I avoid using nesting materials that are dusty. If there any signs of eye infection I treat the kit right away by cleaning the crusty or sticky discharge from the eyes with warm water and a soft cloth and then gently opening the eye. I repeat this several times a day until the eye is free of discharge for 24 hours. I have also used an over the counter conjunctivitis (pink eye) eye drop with some success. Any eye infections that are left untreated can lead to blindness but if the infection is treated promptly it usually clears up on it’s own.

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9 comments

Jessica K April 25, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Have you tried a small barely there dab of EV coconut oil in with the warm water soft rag? I know its great for clearing pink eye in humans. It has great healing properties. Cute babies 🙂

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Mollie Roark August 23, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Does it matter what kind of eye drops it is?

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Mollie Roark August 23, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Does it matter what kind of eye drops it is?

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Josée August 23, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Try using an eye drop that has some antibiotic in it. Something for pink eye (conjunctivitis) seems to work well. You can usually find some at the pharmacy. Hope that helps!

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chulookin August 8, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Should have mentioned entering which account to use before i wasted so much time filling the comment box!!!! Natures Way Liquid Coconut oil is non GMO with 93% Mct's, worked better then Polysporin's pinkeye, a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution mixed with a tablespoon of Borax and Vetericyn's Ophthalmic gel. The verdict is still out on adding 500mg of L-Lysine to the food per day. Going on three weeks…Dang air conditioner blowing dust around….plus a lazy wife doing nothing while i worked 13 hour shifts.

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chulookin August 8, 2014 - 10:25 pm

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Aurora Conard August 29, 2020 - 8:35 pm

Hey, I have a baby bunny, its probaly 3 or 4 weeks old. we have wild rabbits running all around and one day I went outside ad found this baby bunny laying there. I took it inside and we have it in a box. Its drinking and eating normally but it only has one eye open. The eye that is not open has a whole bunch of puss coming out of it. I do not know what to do? what would you do if you were in this place? Its really small, fits in my hand and it looses its balance. We put a warm soft rag and have been whiping it but it just pusses and pusses. We left it alone for awhile and now its crusty. So if you can let me know what i should do, call 1406-476-7666. Or email me on ar.conard@teameureka.net Thank You!!!

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Val November 25, 2020 - 1:28 pm

How did you end up solving the problem ? My bunny is having the same issue .

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