Doe died, kits are 3 weeks old. Help!!!

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My doe died unexpectedly this morning, for unknown causes. She has 6 kits that are all still alive, they are almost 3 weeks old. I really want to keep this litter alive, how can I do that? Can they eat hay and pellets yet? Is there some kind of formula I could bottle feed them? Please help!!!!!

Update: (8/2/2018)
The kits all lived! Kitten milk replacer worked wonderfully, and they absolutely loved the calf manna. All of the rabbits are healthy and living, I sold 4 of them and 2 are outside bouncing around as healthy as ever. Thanks everyone so much for the help!
 
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The babies seem healthy and happy but they’re hungry. I have another experienced doe, should I put the babies in her cage? She’s not pregnant or anything but I heard they’re supposed to eat their mother’s Droppings, so maybe they could eat hers? What would be best for them?
 

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Yes, they’re eating pellets and hay.

Ok, thanks for the help! I’ve never dewormed any of mine before, where do you get that? Also, where can I get calf manna and how do I feed it to them?
Calf manna is found at farm stores, by a company called manna pro, it's a pellet. My bunnies all get some for extra conditioning or if nursing. I use corid powder, mixed by the gallon for cocci. I will check how much, it's like 1 TB per gallon.
 

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Tractor supply has calf manna, and so do a lot of feed stores. TS has a 10 pound bag and typically you mix it 1 tsp to 1/4c pellets. FOr kits I'd probably mix it 1tbsp to 1/4c, especially since you're trying to supplement milk. We call it bunny crack at my house, ALL the rabbits go nuts for it.
 

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I've never had cocci problems with my herd. :idunno I agree with the calf manna. Also, I would mix raw rolled oats (like you use to make oatmeal) in with the pellets, at least a couple of tablespoons per cup. It's a good baby food, and can help to firm up their poop if they get a bit soft due to stress.
 

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My doe died unexpectedly this morning, for unknown causes. She has 6 kits that are all still alive, they are almost 3 weeks old. I really want to keep this litter alive, how can I do that? Can they eat hay and pellets yet? Is there some kind of formula I could bottle feed them? Please help!!!!!
I have had kits this young eat pellets, but they are still at that age, that in my opinion, they would still need a mothers milk, or you can milk replacer for rabbits.
 
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