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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by KDOGG331, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    Anyway, i think guinea pigs or another cat may be best but I'm not sure
     
  2. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Smile Premium Member

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    I have Guinea pigs, a rabbit, and used to have parakeets.....
    Guinea pigs would be a great pet if you buy the right cage. If you buy a metal one without sides, be prepared for A LOT of poop cleanup!

    http://www.amazon.com/Living-World-Deluxe-Habitat-X-Large/dp/B007BNE1YA
    this one is awesome, and really cheap for the size. I have never had any vitamin C problems with my Piggies, just give 'em lost of veggies and proper piggie pellets. NOT rabbit pellets.

    For rabbits, that same cage works great. If you do get a rabbit, just never ever ever get an unfixed netherland dwarf, especially female! Mine (willow) is nasty as anything and will bite you if you but your hand in her cage. They are adorable though, just rather moody. My previous rabbit was a mini rex, and she was so nice and sweet. she'd sit on my lap for hours and never cared about me reaching in her cage. I miss her everyday.
    My piggie Stella is really smart too, and learned to "stand " in about 10 minuets!

    Stella below
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  3. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, gorgeous picture and thank you so much for all the info! That's a shame about the netherlands dwarf. :( I used to have a rabbit and he was the sweetest thing but i was young and stupid and neglected him so he passed but I should have given him away. I loved him dearly though and regret his suffering every day even though it doesn't mean anything but i was a kid. If i ever get another it won't happen again. Maybe will eventually get piggies though.
     
  4. BantyChooks

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    Yeah, I know not all the netherlands are bad, I got her from a *gasp* pet store (NEVER doing that again) If you got one from a breeder or a rescue and had it fixed, their quirky personality would probably come out. She was such a sweetie when younger! My previous rabbit escaped from her outdoor cage (I didn't know you should keep them inside) and the neighbor's dog got her. I was so sad, I loved that rabbit! Willow, despite her flaws, will always be indoor. The only reason I didn't get her fixed is I was not happy with the sucsess rate of the local vets. I think you should get piggies too, they get used to everything really quick, especially if it involves food!
     
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    Just throwing this out there on the Netherland Dwarf buns:

    We have a male Netherland Dwarf buck, he's around 7 years old now and he's the SWEETEST little rabbit. We got him when he was a few months old, for my daughter. He lives in a spacious outdoor cage (and comes inside to hang out in the house regularly), walks on a leash and harness, can be let out to free range the yard (supervised, of course) and has never bitten or sprayed us. He's not neutered. He LOVES to be held and likes to curl up in a jacket or hoodie right against our chests for naps. He did come from a breeder, so that may be why he has such a nice temperament. I wouldn't trade that little fella for anything!
     
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    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine actually came from a pet store too but not a big one nor as a baby, it was a tiny local one and he was maybe 2? Not sure and this kid and his mom gave him up (they were family friends with the store i think) because he played sports and didn't have the time and that's what makes me even more upset because this kid recognized he didn't have the time whereas I had plenty of time and it still happened. It was great at first though until my mom moved him from inside the house to the garage. He was a real sweetie too. I realize now that they need a fairly decent sized area and lots of attention just like a dog lol maybe guinea pigs will be better.



    Wow, he sounds like a great rabbit! My old bun was a little scared at first, I guess just being in a new home (story's in the above answer sort of), but he settled down and then he was very sweet. I had him maybe a year and he was inside a lot of it but even the. i really didn't know anything so he was in a cage and didn't get out much. When he did he pooped everywhere lol if I ever get another rabbit I will make them house rabbits or at least provide tons of attention and I'll actually care for them. I've done research on a lot of different animals, rabbits being one, since I had him years ago. Now I know better and could do what I should have before although I'm not sure I'm ready for the time commitment so probably wouldn't get any soon. But next ones would be in an x pen set up or something similar and.more spacious than a cage or allowed to roam and be a house rabbit though not sure I could get the dog to behave.

    Can rabbits or piggies be outside? Is it too cold? Wondering if maybe they'd need a house?
     
  7. KDOGG331

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    Well, I guess house is obvious actually, for shelter, but would they need heat?
     
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    Also anyone know anything about chinchillas?
     
  9. BantyChooks

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    Guinea pigs need some heat, like indoor temps, 45-80 degrees is ideal.
    I have not gotten chinchillas yet, but have done a bunch of research on them....
    Chinchillas are NOT a low mantinence pet, they can live up to 20 years, but 10-15 is more common. They eat hay and chincilla ration, and not very much green stuff like grass or lettuce. They have specific temperature reqirements, anything over 80 or if the heat index is over 150 they can die as their coats are so thick they overheat quickly. They usually pee in one spot in their cage, but will poop everywhere. They need exercise in a large (18" diameter) and cannot be put im balls. They need a dust bath with special chin dust atleast twice a week, and if bathed in water will develop skin rot. They are not super cuddly, it's mostly on an individual basis, some are cuddly and some hate people. Adoption is the best option, and most chin surrenders are socialized well and healthy, as well as being way cheaper!
     
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    side note, since someone mentioned that chinchillas can't use exercise balls. Guinea pigs shouldn't use them either - their long bodies can make them prone to back injuries if you use one.

    I know that they sell them but pet stores also share a lot of potentially harmful things like rawhide for dogs and laser pointers
     

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