Fostering hares


Accomodation during the first weeks

  • During the day
    As hares are active during dusk and dawn animals your little one will mostly sleep during the day. It therefore suffices to accommodate the hare in an adequately big cage, especially if you have other pets. If the hare is awake and wants to leave the cage, then please let it roam freely. In the wilderness hares use to hide in high grass. Since they can't do so while in your charge, they need a replacement in form of a little lodge that you would e.g. buy for a guinea pig or rabbit.

  • During the night
    With the beginning of dusk the hare gets active. Healthy young hares aged one week can already run rather fast and jump high, which is why they need to be at large during the night. Please take care that your hare has enough room to move around with a carpeted floor so that it can't slip. If you accommodate the hare in a run, please take care that it is temper-proof for the hares' enemies (e.g. martens, foxes, owls, crows, possibly rats) and of course that the hare can't break out on its own.

  • Warmth
    Don't use heat radiators or red light to warm the hare, it will dehydrate and die. Only cottonmouths need to be warmed. You should accommodate the hare in a dry place at 18 to 23 degrees.

  • Being at large on the meadow
    Hares have very different types of characters. Our first one, the ill hare, was very anxious and not very active. We could take it outside every evening after dusk to let it roam freely on the meadow and it never even made an attempt to run away. Other hares are so agile that would run away the second you put them on to the grass, these ones need a limited outlet if you want to take them outside.

Hare, four weeks, on the meadow