My free Craigslist Find! Now to tame her!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bossynbella, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw an add for a Mini lop doe on craigslist, they where asking $50 with a cage and supplies. It was an huge indoor cage, but my rabbits are mainly outdoors, so I emailed the lady and asked about the history of the rabbit and told her if she just wanted to get rid of the doe I would take her, as I didn't need the cage and that she would have a good home. She agreed. So last Tuesday I went and picked up a beautiful pedigreed mini lop doe, for free! They call her sugar, but we have renamed her Evalina. As she has some major attitude. Of course knowing her history I think I would too.
    The people I got her from got her from a neighbor who had bought her from a breeder in the spring of 2010 as an Easter pet for their child who quickly lost interest, they kept her outdoors with no cover, and they noticed there would be days no one would feed or water her, after being the ones to feed and water her for a couple weeks they asked if they could have her. The neighbors agreed and they took her in. The people I got her from have a 4 year old Buck that has been their house pet since he was a 6 week old kit. They told me he is a Giant Red New zealand, he is actually not very large, and looks more like a Harlequin mix, he is a light tan color with a bit of grey stripes. Anyway they said when they first took "sugar" in she was very sweet and loving but after a couple weeks she started to get territorial with her cage and wouldn't want to be picked up, Their buck also started acting up and spraying so they decided "Sugar" had to go.
    I hope to get her tamed back down again and see if she will raise up a litter of kits for me. She is a bit territorial when you reach into her cage towards her, she doesn't mess with you if you are feeding and watering but seems scared to be picked up, once you are able to get a hold of her she calms right down and lets you hold her just fine. Which is more then I can say for my other mini lop doe Ninja, named because of what she does with her feet if you pick her up. I seem to have a thing for rabbits others don't want, but I figure they are all unique, Ninja doesn't like to be picked up. Eva doesn't like you reaching towards her.

    Anyway here are some pictures of my new girl, she has a nice build and head I think!
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  2. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations!
    I myself picked up a free doe off of Craigslist. I did it sight unseen. My boss picked her up for me. The woman told me she was four months old, she bought her a week ago from a farm market, for her child. She kicks when you try to pick her up and she lunges when you put your hand in her cage. They got her child a small holland lop instead.
    This doe is HUGE- I dont believe she is only four months- she has a pudgy belly, so I suspect pregnant- and the WORST mallacluded teeth ever. I will plan on having my vet trim her teeth and see if we can help her out next week.

    Best of luck taming down your bun! I am hoping I can do the same.
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Great find! [​IMG]

    Poor girl, sounds like she's been through a heck of a time! [​IMG]

    A few years back, my aunt's stepdaughter found a holland lop female hoping across a busy, busy road at night. She stopped her car and picked the bunny up and took it home with her. She wasn't allowed to have rabbits in her apartment, so after a few weeks of keeping it in the bathroom of her apartment she called her stepmom and said she didn't want it anymore. Then my aunt called me and I picked up the bunny the very next day. I named the bunny Ms. Cuddles, and let me just say that rabbit was THE Sweetest rabbit I've ever had, and I was heart broken when a rattler killed her! [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
     
  4. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does are often very territorial about their cages. You would do better to let her come out on her own, and then maybe train her to come out on command (clicker training can work on bunnies!). That way you don't set things back by reaching in and making her mad.
     
  5. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    treats treats and more treats! bunnys cant resist them lol healthy ones fo coarse she sure is gorgeous!
     
  6. Kaelinstorm

    Kaelinstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful Doe! Shes a lucky one [​IMG] I seem to take on animals that no one wants either LOL! Mine are always pretty great though!
     
  7. bossynbella

    bossynbella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This may work with house rabbits but ours are in large cages about three feet off the ground, and "out" of the cage is yard, I don't let them just run around my beagles would have way to much fun with that. We do bring them inside on occasion and let them run around the house, but they have to be picked up out of their cages and carried to the house. Needless to say our other mini lop doe Ninja doesn't get out of her cage much. We just gave her the biggest cage, and if we have to move her we use a old milk crate. She is a sweet bunny just HATES picked up, not even sure it's Hates as much as Scared, but she was also a rescue as an adult so who knows what was done to her before hand.

    I like the treat idea's I will have to try carrots, celery, and the oat hay we give to our nursing does. Our mini rex Love banana peels but I have never found another breed that will eat them, odd eh?
     
  8. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my daughter's mini rex flops around a bit when trying to pick it up. the only way we are able to pick it up is by the scruff of the neck (the only way my daughter has ever picked it up). i usually get scratched, but it never scratches my daughter, just lets her do whatever.

    my daughter is 6, so it's not like she knows some voodoo magic or anything [​IMG]
     
  9. Gladys Rabbit

    Gladys Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    Some rabbits are just ornery. Ours hates to be held and will lunge and growl if you put your hand in her pen when she's in a bad mood. We figure this is why she ended up at the SPCA (and stayed there for a long time) before we adopted her. I don't think I can really tame this critter so we just try to give her a happy life. We let her out into the yard during the day and she hops around, eating grass. She likes to be near us and she's very curious about everything but she hates being picked up. In the evening we herd her back into her pen. I think this is the best it's going to get. It's ok.
     

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