"Being an old farm boy... and having raised rabbits for years when I was still back on the farm... I wish people knew that if they handle baby rabbits... the mom's will often reject or kill them. The smell from the person's hands often changes the identity markers for the mother.
My father... used to keep a bottle of Imitation Vanilla in the Rabbit house (about 200does.) When one mother would have a lot (up to 12) and another had only a couple... he'd rub the Imitation Vanilla on his hands... rub all the bunnies... rub the momma's nose... The vast majority of the time, she'd take them. By the time the Vanilla wore off... they smelled like her. Probably more info that you needed.
Keep up the good work on the site. I just don't know how you could approach this subject and save folks some heartache.
"baby rabbits in hands" and "baby bunny" by amyhrer.