Giant Flemish Bit Me

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by wesnmads, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. wesnmads

    wesnmads Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, we recently inherited a year old giant Flemish rabbit. He came to us potty trained and very sweet yet shy. I expected that with this change of home and family there would be an adjustment period so I have not worried about his shyness and his regression in potty training, but today as I was prepping his crate for bed he bit me! Really hard.

    He is free range all day and is only in the crate at night. He has full use of the house and yard until about 8:00 at night then I put him in his crate for bed.

    Now I am so afraid to touch him and I have 2 children (4 and 7) and I am afraid he will bite them. I was wearing a sweat shirt, but if my arms were bare he would have drawn blood. It still hurts and I have a slight bruise.

    Could he have been protective of his crate? He doesn't love going in there so maybe he was upset it was getting to be that time? He has been so gentle and sweet until this and I don't want to be afraid of him. Any advice or insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is just being protective of his new territory. Its pretty normal. Just wash it off, you'll be fine.To prevent him from becoming more aggresive, try petting him with both hands from the head to the rump. It helps calm rabbits down, and has worked or me in the past.
     
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  4. allykay219

    allykay219 Out Of The Brooder

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    We had an indoor rabbit that free ranged in the house and her crate was where she pottied. She hated it when I changed the bedding in it. She would have a fit. I started locking her out of the room when I did it but when she would use it after it was clean she would tear it up ( there would be newspaper on bottom then bedding). Shedidnt sleep in there it was just for her bathroom. That was the only time she was mean so maybe just keep him away when you do it
     
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  5. wesnmads

    wesnmads Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. He has bitten a couple more times, but it seems more exploratory and not aggressive. Still scary though. We are getting him neutered in a week so maybe that will help. We pet him often and he is actually pretty affectionate, jumping up on us and letting us pet him. I will try this technique though, thank you.
     
  6. DutchBunny03

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    Exploratory biting is better, but still not good. To discourage from biting, make a loud noise while being bitten. It startles the rabbit, so he'll stop. Eventually, he should get it and stop biting regularly. He sounds like a great bunny!
     
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