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Dying(coloring) pet rabbits

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by DITB, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. DITB

    DITB Out Of The Brooder

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    im sure ill get a few replies saying "thats cruel" and "they are fine the way they are" but i dont see how it would be any different to them as them getting a bath....
    anyways i was wondering if anyone here dyes there rabbits? i know its more of an easter thing but i want to dye my 2 to make them look a little more cuter(i can feel the flaming comming) i was going to use kool aid since thats what i read people use for dying there dogs. has anyone else here done this and does it cause any harm to there fur or skin? if anyone else here has done it please show some pics [​IMG]
     
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  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I don't see where its a problem... Peopls dye their lil dogs all the time... I think it would be cute to have a pink bunny...
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    not me. But as a kid back in germany i used to go to a theme park in the little city of Geiselwind. THey used to have dyed animals suchs as doves and chickens. Not sure if they dipped or sprayed. But there is no harm done as long as it doesnt iritate the skin. An if it is allowed there it can be cruelty. THe SPCA is way more strict over there. I mean people dye their own hair and look at those poor poodles with their hair-donts. IMO no harm done in a quick dye job.
     
  4. RabbitMage

    RabbitMage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's really not much worse than giving a rabbit a bath. And giving rabbits baths is a terrible idea. They stress easily, they chill easily, and bathing them strips all of the oil out of their coat. You should only ever give a rabbit a bath if they are COVERED in something you can't remove without bathing.

    So risking your rabbit's life in order to dye them would be a pretty silly thing to do.
     
  5. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:I showed rabbits for many years in 4-H and never had a problem with bathing my rabbits.. In fact we were told to bathe our white rabbits with lemon juice before showing.. And boy did they shine..
     
  6. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    if you don't want to soak the bunny, take a sponge and dab it on the fur with the coloring. Pretty easy. And YES many people wash their bunnies. If you handle them from day one, they will not stress over a bath.
     
  7. RabbitMage

    RabbitMage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] You know what? Go right ahead. What do I know?
     
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  8. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    This is what I would do if I *really* wanted a colored rabbit.

    Mix koolaid (unsweetened) powder with a cup of warm water. Put in spray bottle. Spritz on bunny (being careful not to get in eyes, nose, or ears) until desired level of color is acheived. Blow dry with hair dryer on low (but not cold) setting.

    There's no need to wash your bunny, it will wear off naturally.

    I, too, gave many a rabbit a wash before the fair. I never had one get sick from it, but we also always used warm water, gentle handling, and dryed them immediately with a hair dryer set to warm.
     
  9. DITB

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    ok thanks for the replies! ill try it out as soon as it warms back up...the rain here lately has made it kinda chilly but wednesday it supposed to be back in the 80s [​IMG]
     
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  10. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to give my rabbit a bath once. He got out of his cage and went hopping around in the corner of our basement when we had just dusted for ants. I panicked cuz he got the powder on his toes so I gave him a bath. Man did he HATE it. It was worse then bathing a cat. If you dye him I would try the spray bottle idea unless your rabbit is EXTREMEMLY calm. Even then, my rabbit absolutly loves me but he hated that bath.
     

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