New bunny owner....double bunny hutch is done! pix inside

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by NellaBean, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I have zero willpower and picked up two bunnies at a swap today. One is a lionhead, one is a......gray rabbit (LOL). Both are girls (I witnessed the sexing of them, so I agree with this). I went to TSC and bought a bag of rabbit pellets and some alfalfa/timothy cubes. I gave them a bowl of pellets tonight (they have nibbled on them) and a few baby carrots (no interest so far) along with a bowl of water. I have them temporarily in a rubbermaid tub in my extra bedroom...my house is air conditioned and stays around 65 degrees.

    What else do I need? I plan on buying or making them a cage for the house.....maybe will make them a secure cage and enclosure for outside, for spring and fall.....but otherwise they are probably going to stay inside where it is temp controlled and safe.

    Here is what they have so far...they are under the white "hiding place".

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    Do they need something fuzzy/fluffy under their hidey hole? Is 65 too cold for them? They were COOKING at the swap today. Very much overheated. SUCKER was apparently stamped on my forehead as I could not resist taking them.
     
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  2. imtc

    imtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like you havea good set up so far. I raise rabbits although mine our kept outside. LOVE lionheads...just got my first breeding pair I will breed once the summer heat has cooled off. Since you are keeping them inside I would provide them a litter box...you can train them for the most part to do their business in them if you want to let them out in the house. I'd also have a wire bottomed cage for droppings and urine to drop thru so they aren't hopping around or laying on their waste. They will (and need to) chew to keep their teeth trimmed so prividing them with wooden chew toys is always good. Enjoy them though...rabbits are so cute and make great pets. Congrats.
     
  3. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rabbits actually thrive a LOT better in the cold than in the heat. Some people keep them outside in negative degree weather. Of course, they have time to grow coats and have adequate shelter.

    I agree with imtc though, I'd get 'em a litterbox to use. My guys used their SLEEPING box that I had given them as a litterbox. Wirebottomed cage, I wanted them to be comfty. Rabbits had other ideas [​IMG]
     
  4. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They love to chew on things such as toilet paper or paper towel rolls or small cardboard boxes filled with hay to chew on and keep their teeth trimmed. Check out the House Rabbit Society site...it offers a lot of good info as well.
     
  5. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    Thanks guys.....they ate their carrots overnight and I gave them some alfalfa/timothy cubes this morning that they were munching on. They are such cute girls! They pooped all over but have picked a corner of their little tub to potty in. I will give them a litterbox when i move them to a bigger cage.

    Stella and Laverne LOL. Laverne is the lionhead [​IMG] Stella is the gray one....really soft fur...what kind is she?

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    Little Laverne was so hot yesterday when I got her, that she was laying half in the water dish. The seller had all the bunnies in a wire cage in the sun with no shade for hours......they were all overheated. I put her in a shallow dish of ice water for a good 10-20 minutes in the shade after I got her.......and she made the trip home in the very air conditioned truck cab. She has really perked up since being home and inside. I think she was ready to keel over from heatstroke yesterday.....she is very cute, hopping around in the tub and chewing the hay cubes. She loves her gray friend.
     
  6. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    Very cute indeed! Do not feed them iceberg lettuce, it's horrible for them and will cause diarrhea. Anything outside of their normal diet formulated for rabbits should be fed in moderation. Perhaps get them a water bottle with the roller ball, and something like a block of wood for them to chew on to keep their teeth at proper length.
     
  7. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Stella looks like a Blue Rex [​IMG] Are her eyes a blue-gray color?
     
  8. lagpmgdsls

    lagpmgdsls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some may disagree with me but....

    I have 3 bunnies...2 females, 1 male...all fixed. They lived together and always have. I feed them only hay and veggies. They have vet care and are in perfect health. My vet said they do not need pellets. They LOVE broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, romaine lettuce....I will very occasionally give them some fruit but they don't love it like they do the veggies. They get dandelion greens fresh from the yard in the early summer and I break off pieces of our apple tree for them to chew on. THey love the wood. They also like clover.

    Your bunnies are adorable!
     
  9. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Have you given them some mint? Bunnies looovvveee mint [​IMG] That's actually a perfect diet [​IMG]
     

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