Skinny bunny

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Sunnymommy, Dec 7, 2018 at 6:58 AM.

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    Sunnymommy Chirping

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    Daughter got 2 male bunnies in the spring. They were not friends, but after living together in the same hutch with a divider screen down the middle for months we tried them together. One established dominance and now they don't fight and snuggle together. Don't see any problems between them. But the less dominant has gotten skinny. Checked out good at the vet, no worms, etc. Could the other one be keeping him from eating??
     
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    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    Pictures?
     
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    Sunnymommy Chirping

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    Of what? Just of the bunnies? He's been to the vet and looks fine. Just underweight. 4.2lbs, she said he should be around 5lbs. And he was not like this when we got him. Can't tell by looking, but you can feel the spine bones sticking out when petting him.
     
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    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    Yes of the bunnies. Sorry I didn’t clarify. Pics of both to see if there is a difference
     
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    Stress could be a major factor. Rabbits are territorial and it is very unnatural for two unaltered males to be living together...

    How old are they and what are you feeding them?
     
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    Also, do you keep chunks of rabbit friendly wood in their hutch to chew on? A rabbits teeth never stop growing and if they don't have something to wear them down dental problems could be an issue as well.
     
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    Good note, we will put some in. But the vet said his teeth look good.
     
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    Feed them rabbit pellets and hay. Just put in a 2nd food dish today.
     
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    Maybe will have to order a 2nd heated water bottle and put the divider back in.
    But I like them snuggled together for warmth in the winter. And if they are together they do not each have only half the space and can have access to the full chicken run (probably not til spring though).
     
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    Chicken run? Are they housed with chickens?

    What percent protein are the pellets that you are feeding? Have you been observing his drinking habbits? Did this start when the weather started getting cool or before?
     

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