BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Accidentally acquired two Flemish Giants. Need advice!
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User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/30/2012 1:48 PM

 

Okay. This story might get long. I apologize in advance.


These two flemish girls were given as gifts to a couple of young children. The children's parents said they weren't going to take on rabbits (especially, probably, these giant ones) and so they were going to be "released" outdoors.

This is where I come in: I couldn't let them be "released" like that! I took them in. They are currently in a huge dog kennel in our living room. They're babies... I think they said 10 weeks old? But they're already big, as big as most rabbits I've seen.

I'd like to keep them as house bunnies (more like house dogs cause they will be as big as our dog...) but I don't know how to go about this. I've ordered a large (as I can find) bunny hutch for them to have as their own personal space, and I will also do an x-pen for when we're gone, but... How do I get them to be old enough to be spayed without them damaging our house in the mean time? They're currently pretty friendly rabbits - they will hop up to me, nose me, allow me to pet them.

Our dog is fine with the rabbits - she ignores them and the rabbits try to push her around, so that part is okay. But what does a person do to get cords out of bunny reach? I've read not to bond rabbits until they are neutered/spayed, but these rabbits already came to me together... Do I leave them that way? Do I separate until they can be spayed? When can they be spayed? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

I admit I'm an idiot and I know nothing! Hey, at least I'm asking for help, right?

For the time being they are eating: unlimited Timothy hay and pellets, and a few greens. (I've read that they shouldn't get greens yet, but they were already given greens by the children who previously had them. Should I stop?)

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/30/2012 2:32 PM
Congrats on being a new Flemmie parent! They make awesome pets!

I also have two Flemish Giants & they really aren't all that different from lil' buns...

Our vet spay at 16 weeks BUT are you sure they are in fact both female??? I wouldn't chance keeping them together if you aren't 100%. And even if they are both girls you may have problems when their hormones kick in... Which will be soon... If it were me I'd keep them in a large xpen at least 4' x 8' with a divider till they are altered. That's how I have my male & female till my male is altered (soon I hope, lol) and they love each other but my lil' guy wants to violate my sweet Hunny so... they are seperated for now...

I wouldn't change their diet... my 12 week old lil' guy has been eating greens since 10 weeks & as long as you introduce the slowly you should be good...

You def need to litter box train them tho, I locked mine in their pens for thr 1st few days so they could get use to their new surroundings... fill the front of the box with hay & put bunny in it (that's what I did)... Flemmie's are smart I'm sure they'll catch on...

Since my female has been spay she is free roam all day till bedtime & she's a perfect angel.

I use a pet playyard that you can open flat and I can add panels if I need it longer, up against my wall to keep them away from cords but they sell cord covers at a hardware store...

If you would like anymore advice I'm here & happy to help -

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/30/2012 2:45 PM
O & I see you said u got a hutch??? I def wouldn't suggest that... You should stick with the xpen but if you have to have them in a cage then maybe a large NIC cage. There is a flemmie parent here his name is bullrider & he has his guy Blue in a big NIC cage... they are called giants for a reason... Hunny stands over 2.5 ft tall at 7 months & still has a lot of growing to do...

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/30/2012 4:54 PM
I will have to agree with Hunny's Momma, I have Big Blue and he is our flemmie. He is 8 months old and stands up at about 3 feet tall, he is gnetle most of the time, but forgets how big he is when playing sometimes. Go through the bunny info on this site and you will find a wealth of information!! but on the growing side remember if they are females they will be aprox 16-18 lbs when fully grown!!! I would build a NIC Cube cage, that is what I have. and get them fix as soo as you can don't wait, cause bunny hormones are a pain!!! lol welcome to BB and thank you for giving them a forever home!!! at least you had the courage to stand up and do what was right!
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User is Offline FrankieFlash
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8/30/2012 5:38 PM
Welcome! I'm so glad you were able to save them. And you sound like a great bunny parent so far because you care enough to ask and do research.
So far you've got great advice from people with experience with flemish giants. I have a 2.5 lb dwarf bun so there may be some differences. I also wanted to suggest slowly allowing them more free time. that tends to help with behavior. Definitely look up in the habitat and behavior section tricks on liter training because that will be a life savor. Also I agree with Hunny to seperate them until you can have a vet be sure they are both female. As for vets. House Rabbit Society and BB have links to vets in the area. HRS has a list of questions to ask a potential vet to make sure they really do know rabbits. Also Bunspace and local rescues will have information on local vets. Rabbits see exotic vets if you go about looking in phone book. Hmm what else. I would stick with diet you have now. OH and bunny proofing cords. Yes they need to be protected but even protectors can be chewed through. Our bun, Bunjamin won't leave them alone even then so most of our cords are taken off the ground as much as possible. Especially our computers. We just put the whole thing on our desks.

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User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/30/2012 7:05 PM
I ordered the hutch to give them a "house" to hide in if they needed, in addition to the pen. Was that wrong? I just know that my kids get loud and I thought they might need a quiet chill space. My thought was to leave the hutch open with the x pen attached. I can still send it back, though.

My biggest concern in this process is cleanliness. How can I keep the floors clean, esp while they are learning? I have two young children and I don't want them getting sick or anything. I know the bunnies themselves are clean but I gotta make sure pee and poop are in their right places! How do yo keep floors clean during the learning process? What do you use to protect the floor?

Frankie - I would put the cords up but I am scared the bunnies can just jump up and get them! Will they eventually learn not to chew cords or is that a forever concern? Will they also try to chew things like the moulding or the stair banister? I have them out on our porch during the cool hours of the day to play and run, but they do try to chew the wood floor boards. Any way to discourage chewing like that?


Hunny & bullrider, how high should I get my x pen? And where do you grab a giant bunny to lift her without hurting her nd without freaking her out?

What does it mean when they shove their noses into the dog. Are they being mean or loving with that gesture. I can't tell!

I am pretty sure they are both girls - the breeder marked their ears with an x. I was told by the girls' grandmother that the breeder did this to mark that they were both female. Is this not something that is done?

Sorry for being so clueless!


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8/31/2012 2:04 AM

So it's a hutch that sits on the floor? How tall is it? If it's at least 24"-36" tall then you should be ok as long as it's just to "hide" in and not be locked in but if you just want something for them to "hide in" large cardboard boxes work great, are cheap (usually free, lol) & they are great chew toys... Hunny's free roam & she spends her quiet time under the kitchen table. Ash is still confined to the pen most of the time (he is allowed a few hours of supervised playtime) cause he's coming into sexual maturity & loves to spay & mark...so he has a large box on his side of the pen that he'll chill in once in a while but they usually just sprawl out in the pen. Other then that all we have in our pen is 2 litter boxes, food & water dishes, throw rug and some other chew toys.  I would suggest a 3-4ft high sides... Although giants aren't really jumpers when they wanna they can jump pretty high... I use to keep a 2ft high gate in the hallway so Hunny wouldn't go down it but she saw how we stepped over & boom! She was over it & I swear she made a game of it, lol.

Buns usually hate being picked up, tho Hunny will tolerate it for a few min & I swear Ash begs to be picked up... what I do is I put 1 hand on their bum & the other under their belly and I scoop em up & hold them very close to me while supported their bum & legs... buns are really strong & can break their own back if they kick too hard so if they start twitching & kicking I put them down immediately.  I've been picking mine up since day 1, Hunny was 9 weeks when I got her & Ash 6 weeks.  But I wouldn't suggest doing so... if you need to get them back to their pen, I'd use a treat (pc of veggie, small pc of apple or Craisin) for example...it'll work trust me. And if you want them to come to you, just sit or lay down on the florr, they will come to you to investegate... that's also how u bond with them & get them to trust you.

Usually when they push something with their nose it means "get outta my way". 

Idk about the marking ears thing... i got both mine from breeders & they didn't mark them... When I got Hunny tho, I was told she was male & she wasn't & when I got Ash the breeder said he was male BUT our vet (who IS rabbit savvy) thought he was a female, till his male part popped out... So I'd still seperate them till they see the vet to be safe... mistakes happen all the time with rabbits cause it's really hard to tell when they are small.  Trust me for the past month I've been calling Ash a "she" cause I thought maybe the vet was right BUT nope HE'S def a boy thru n thru, lol. 


User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/31/2012 2:13 AM
O and like Frankie said... if you confine them to a small area and expand it slowly over time and get litter box soon they will only do their business in the boxes... they are bunnies and not fixed so they WILL mark there is no avoiding it... so until then if you don't want lil' pellets around as ur buns try to stake claim to the whole house keep them in a confined spot. and even then once in a while ur gonna get a pellet or 2. Sine Hunnys been spay her potty habits are 100% and she does not mark anywhere anymore... once in a while when she's excited & running around one or 2 will pop out but they are super easy to suck up in the vacuum... My lil' guy is about they same age as ur buns & as much as i wanna let him be free roam he's still too young so the pen it is & he's fine, he's happy & I know once he's fixed he'll be just as good as Hunny is... Just take patience

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8/31/2012 3:01 AM

I had a hutch with a run attached for my previous bunny (inside of course). Mine had a ramp in front with an entrance hole at the end, and inside it there was another hole in a divider so the hutch had 2 compartments so to speak. It worked fine for my 6 pounder, but I know a Flemish could never fit through either of the two holes. Depending on how your hutch is designed, that's something to consider.

Welcome, and congrats on your new bunnies. Thank you for saving them, they would have never survived out there  It's crazy that so many people think they can just set them free in the woods...

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User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/31/2012 3:41 AM
I agree a hutch shouldn't be to bad idea being inside. I will have to agree with hunny's momma on the fencing I use Nic Cubes and make my own fenceing lol. Blue can jump very high if he wants but is too lazy to lol. as for the potty training, start as soon as possible and limit their area untill they got it down. and after getting spayed and the hormones calm down it will be a lot easier. as for picking them up, I don't pick up Blue unless I have to, he HATES it and usually nips me if he is held too long. but he love getting pet and attention.
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User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 7:16 AM
One bunny, I call her Broke-ear because she has one ear that flops out, can be picked up. When she starts feeling a little twitchy I put her down. The other bunny, whom we're callng Lady for the time being.... Well, she is less gregarious. She will occasionally hop onto our laps and tolerate head rubs but she is more fearful of sudden movements and loud noises. I don't try to pick her up because she freaks out.

Both bunnies will hop up to me when I sit on the floor, and they will both sit in my lap to be fed carrot tops or parsley. I feel like they're pretty sociable. I have been hand feeding them their greens just so they get used to me. They think I am an awesome bringer of food, and they seem disappointed when I have nothing for them.

As far as spaying goes (if they are, indeed, both girls) should I do them both at the same time, or is there some reason I should stagger their surgeries? Should I try to see if they're both girls or should I just leave the vet to check and find out then?

Litter training while they're in their current make-shift dog kennel home is fine. TThey go in the box and there are only a few pellets outside of it... but when I let them run on the porch, the only large place free of cords that is safe for them, they seem to forget the box and deposit their little presents all over. Should I get more boxes or should I cut down on the area they're allowed in?

User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 8:04 AM
Just called up rabbit-friendly vets in the area, and of course the one I liked best says it'll cost at least $700/bunny. There were others that were much less, but I liked the people on the phone less. They were all vets listed by the house rabbit society, and they all answered my questions well enough... I get the feeling that my favorite vet is probably most expensive because they are right downtown where space and services are a premium. The other vets are out farther in the suburbs, but still about the same distance time-wise for me.

So would it be wrong to take my second-choice personality vet to save myself $500, or maybe even more? I think they'd probably give good care, still. But I feel guilty. Ohhh, boy.

User is Offline zoologist
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8/31/2012 8:08 AM
Tofu has the same problem with litter training. He is free range in the house, and always pees in the box but leaves me territorial poops around the house. I just go around every once in a while and pick them up and toss them. However when he goes out on the porch he is pee/poop/spray CRAZY! I don't know why. He never sprays indoors. So maybe put a box out on the porch or limit their access until they've got it 100%.

My vet in Orlando quoted me $340. A vet in Sarasota (2.5 hours away) quoted me at $90. I went to Sarasota, only spent $90 + $38 in gas. soooooo worth it. It helps that I really trust my vet in Sarasota and I've taken other pets to him in the past.
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8/31/2012 8:15 AM
also, I love the idea of hand feeding their veggies! I'm going to start trying that because I'm still getting Tofu to trust me
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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8/31/2012 10:31 AM
Don't feel bad about going to a cheaper place for a spay... $700 is outrageous! It cost me around $200-ish for my girls, and 150 for my boys to get done where I am. You can always go to your first choice vet for routine care

User is Offline TH004
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8/31/2012 10:45 AM
Maybe call the local Humane Society and see who they use to fix rabbits. They may have a discount voucher for you too (our local one does that).
I never got my first bun fixed because it was so expensive and I couldn't afford it. I adopted my next one from the shelter-- got a bun who was fixed for $35! What a steal!

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/31/2012 10:46 AM
I would def do both at the same time that way the chance of their bond breaking is less & they can both heal up and be ready for you to house train together but... Holy cow, $700ea!!! Wow! What state do you live in??? It was only $175 for Hunny plus $5 for medicine. Um... personally I'd shop around... $700 seems a bit crazy to me. Are they peeing on the porch or just pooping cause chances are the reason why they are pooping all over the porch is cause it is a new area to them & they want to claim it as theirs & with both buns probably coming into their hormones they are getting territorial so when 1 marks, the other marks to say "no... this is MY spot...

User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 11:03 AM
I live in Minnesota. I've called a TON of vets now... some didn't pass the bunny test. Cheapest one that passed bunny test questions said the whole shebang will cost $220/bunny.

Then I looked up spay/neuter assistance int he state.. And, well, we've got it. They charge something ridiculously cheap - like $60 or so? But I don't know how I feel about it because I'd need to talk to somebody who actually knows stuff about the program to make sure they know what to do with a bunny.

How big are your big Flemish litter boxes, Hunny? I bought the "extra large" cat box at the pet store and it seems about right for them now. Don't know hwat will happen when they get bigger. Maybe cut an access spot into a rubbermaid tote? Man, we're going to be going through a ton of litter...

I thought Lady was dead this afternoon. I was petting the other (unnamed) bunny when I looked over and saw Lady completely flopped down right next to/on top of the dog. She REALLLY looked dead.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/31/2012 11:35 AM
WOW that is pricy, maybe its because I live in a less prosperous area, it cost me $75 for my females and $55 for my boys. and she is a good country doctor, but just about all we have. That box should be fine for their litter, unless you see them needing more space.
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8/31/2012 11:37 AM
Rabbits can give you that scare for sure! My first one liked to sleep on her back, with her legs straight in the air. The first time I came home and saw it, with her eyes open, I screamed. I ended up scaring her too

I would see if you could find out how often and the success rate of the cheap vet fixing rabbits. Crazy enough, our cheap Humane Society vet probably fixes more rabbits than any other vet in the area. You do need to feel secure in your choice though. When I got quotes, they were $250-300/female rabbit, so $220 seems in line with that.

User is Offline zoologist
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8/31/2012 12:12 PM
I meant to say, the thing with the cords is that they'll nibble them if they're in their way (like they would nibble at roots in their path in the wild), not because they like the taste of them. If the cords are out of reach I doubt they will jump up just to chew it.

My boyfriend's brother's rabbits chewed his floor molding. So badly that we had to go around and paint over the molding in the entire apartment when he moved so he could get his deposit back (even though there were obvious bite marks if you looked close enough). Tofu has nibbled at the molding once, in one area, and hasn't since. He's really good about not chewing stuff, but he has lots of wood blocks and stuff to chew in his cage.

I've noticed even with my teeny dwarf rabbit I am still cleaning the litter box daily. Maybe you can invest in a rubbermaid container and buy a large cookie cooling sheet (you know, the ones with the grates?) so poo can fall through. That way you can just use old news papers or something so you aren't spending a lot on litter.
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8/31/2012 1:31 PM

I have the largest litter box with high sides that Walmart carries 1 for each of my buns... the actual space inside is about 14" x 18" and as of now they are working great for both buns... I do suggest something with high sides. This pics a few months old, Hunny's about 11-12lbs now. And all though she does have a hay rack (not the same as pic, that one we don't use anymore) but I put a handful of hay a couple times a day in the front of the box.  I buy Aspen pine bedding from Tractor Supply it's about $10 and last a couple months... I usually change their boxes every 2 days... I have recently started using a grid (plastic canvas used for cross stitching, cheap $1.79 at Joanne's Craft Store) over the litter that catches the poops and just scoop it out a couple times a day, the Aspen shavings absorbs very well and controls the odor.  Before the grid I did the same & scooped out the poops but I got sick of having to sweep out the pen everyday cause they would track the shaving out... I'm very happy with the set up I'm using now... the BB store also sells a litter box grid thing.   

 


User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/31/2012 2:25 PM
I think just for sanitation reasons and making sure that your bun isn't afflicted by icky things like flystrike, it would be a good idea to clean the litter everyday. I have a compulsive need for things to be clean so I make sure to clean my little one's cage and litter every day. I have used Yesterday's News, Critter Country and Feline Pine. I find that I have a hard time figuring out where my bun peed when using YN. And I hated how DUSTY Critter Country was. I really, really like Feline Pine. It absorbs pee great and I can tell what needs to be scooped up.

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/31/2012 3:30 PM
Before I started using the grid I did change Hunny's box daily and most of the time I was wasting litter... I clean the pellets out after she goes & with the grid her body never actually touches the litter.

Hunny doesn't use the litter box all day... She'll go after breakfast then snooze all day... then up again around 5pm, use the potty then dinner at 6:30/7, use the potty then you won't see her in it for the rest of the night... She does the majority of her pottying at night when we are asleep... and in the morning I get up clean out the poops and wet shavings. And now thinking of it, it's more like a day and a half not a full 48hrs in between changes & even then the majoirty of the shavings are dry. I was actually amazed that she had such control. Ash on the other hand, I do change his box every morning cause he pees a lot and with his hormones kicking in he's got a funky smell... He also drinks way more water then Hunny does... This is just what works for me & my buns...

User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 3:40 PM
Yeah, I have Yesterday's News and I have a hard time telling which parts are dirty and which aren't. It seems like my bunnies pee lakes, though, and that everything needs to be taken out. I don't know how they pee so much when they don't seem to drink that much - maybe from all the greens?

It seemed like they drank more when I had a heavy crock for them but they were always a. knocking it over or b. pooping in it, which I found disgusting. I bought the biggest tube waterer the pet store offered, and they drink from it but it doesn't seem like much. Maybe it just seemed like they drank more from the crock because I was replacing it 5 times a day or more and spending so much time cleaning up the spills.

This is the hutch we got for the bunnies to hide in:

http://www.amazon.com/Natura-Rabbit...bbit+hutch

We did some mods to it so that bunnies can stand up all the way to the ceiling, which is 44" high. I know I coulda kludged one for myself for less, but I think this one looks a big nicer and more furniture-y for a little home.

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/31/2012 3:58 PM
Cute hutch! I totally get the "furniture-y" thing...
My buns both barely used the water bottles so they have heavy dog dishes & the only real prob I'm having right now is Ash loves stepping in it so I'm constantly re-filling his... which don't phase me none at least I know he always has fresh water, lol.

I think it's crazy how no 2 bunnies are the same, Hunny has always been super clean & has a "hot & cold" personality, some days she's all over me & wants lovin's and the next she wants to be left be... & Ash is like a lil' tornado... but he's also my sweet snuggle bunny, he'll crawl up on my lap and bury his head under my arm and lie there forever while I pet him.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/31/2012 4:01 PM
I know that Flemmie tend to be on the heavier side and need more soft places to lounge than smaller buns to prevent sore hocks. I would suggest for latter down the road when they are completely trained to get a nice cushiony dog mat that they can lay on. On one of the threads floating around there is a mat that is supposedly really good to prevent buns from getting sore hocks. For now maybe getting a really plush blanket and putting on top of it several layers of towels. So if they pee you can easily take the towels away and wash them.

User is Offline lobsterandi
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8/31/2012 4:44 PM
One of the nice things about the hutch is that it has no wire floors. Also, it was super easy to modify. No rabbit paws have touched it yet, however. They've been too busy begging for parsley to even notice it's there. I think I will put them to bed in their old familiar dog kennel tonight and let them explore it tomorrow before making the move.

Maybe if I get a dog dish even bigger than what they had it would work. I don't mind changing dirty water, but I DO mind mopping up floors and scooping up wet strands of hay and poufy nasty pellets. (one of them likes to drop pellets on the floor instead of eating them. Kinda messy!)

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/31/2012 6:30 PM
Even if bun's are not kept on a wire floor (which I do not recommend, must be so uncomfortable) they need a soft place to lie down and relax. =]

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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8/31/2012 6:49 PM
Just wanted to say welcome, and thanks for being such a good person as to save these two! They are so lucky they ended up with you! Your doing a great job already

They have such distinct personalities-I can't wait to see more pictures and hear more
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User is Offline SuperCheesetastic
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9/02/2012 2:10 PM
My local rabbit rescue will spay for $65.
The vet wanted a whopping $350. That was the second cheapest. Some wanted waaaayyy over $400.
Come fly on a plane to Florida, if you can. The fare to and fro plus the $65 must be cheaper than $700.
o_O

User is Offline SuperCheesetastic
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9/02/2012 2:20 PM
http://travela.priceline.com/airlin...SSION=true

Actually, it is cheaper to fly to Florida (without your kids and such) AND if that link is working for you, you'll see that the cheapest round-trip flight is $315.23.
Ha!
Add taxes, hotel fare for a night, bus/train/cab fees, and the spay/neuter, and you're still under $550.


User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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9/02/2012 3:22 PM
SuperCheesetasticbwhere did you get your spay done?

User is Offline Theresa
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9/04/2012 7:58 AM

I was using the Yesterday's News, but man, expensive!  Like $9 for 15 pounds!  I changed over to wood fuel pellets I get at Theisens (like Tractor Supply.)  They were on sale this week for $3 for 40 pounds of pellets.  Believe it or not, the wood pellets completely control the odor and its' easy to see where Roscoe peed cuz the pellets break down to sawdust in those areas and are easily scooped out.

I use a storage bin I got at Walmart for $4 for a litter box - and hubby cut some small square wire rabbit/chicken mesh for me to use as a grate on top of the pellets.  We painted the edges with that Flexseal rubber paint - which got rid of the sharp edges.

I just read on this thread bout the plastic grates for cross-stitching or whatever - OMG, what a great idea!  I'm gonna stop by my local fabric store on the way home and pick some up to try, since I just got some more plastic boxes.

I am all about making this as easy as possible, and we have 2 litter boxes.  I have 2 extra boxes that I have all set up with fresh litter, screen, and ready for fresh hay.  I put the hay on the screen - and go replace the current box with the fresh one.  Then take the dirty one out, clean it as thoroughly as necessary (sometimes requiring vinegar scrub) and prepare it so it's ready for the next day's change-out.

I know - anal, right?  I just have found that Roscoe gets stressed when his box is gone for any length of time.  He really gets ticked at me if it's gone too long.  And the other thing is that his crate WAS in my living room - and if we had unexpected guests show up, then I could change the box out very quickly and not be embarrassed by the odor....


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9/06/2012 6:31 PM
How do you tell if a giant rabbit is fat? I can still feel ribs but man... We've gone through bags of pellets already! I read that they should get unlimited pellets because they're young, but even if it's that much? They're eating at least 2.5 cups each day. I give them each greens the size of their heads. It's hard to tell how much hay they eat because I toss a lot when I clean up their house.

I think one gets more than the other because Lady is definitely submissive and sometimes hangs back to eat. They seem to have different tastes. One loves arugula. The other turns up her nose. One loves willow, other one won't touch it. Weird...

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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9/07/2012 1:30 AM

My Ash whos just over 12 weeks is on unlimited pellets & eats about 1.5 cups a day... I use a half cup scoop - one scoop in the morning, one when I come home from work & one at bed time... some mornings the bowls empty, sometimes it's not.  He also gets about a cup to a cup in a half of greens twice a day.  As far as hay, I put a handful in his litter box 3 times a day also... Idk exactly how much he eats but I see him eatting it all the time so I don't worry... Sounds like they're eating the correct amount to me -

Hunny who's almost 8 months eats about the same amount of pellets (same scoop routine, although sometimes she don't need any when I get outta work so I'll skip the scoop) & she gets about 2 cups of greens twice a day.  She don't eat much hay during the day... but when I wake up in the morning there's like no hay in the litterbox but it sure is full of poops, lol. So again I know she's eating it...

Idk what Ash weighs (will find out tomorrow but if I had to guess I'd say about 4-5lbs) & when Hunny was about 12 weeks she weighed about 6lbs.  They always look bigger then they actually weigh.

Hunny & Ash get fed at the same time BUT each get their own bowl of greens so that they each get the amount they are suppose to... also there are somethings Hunny won't eat that Ash loves (collard greens for example).  Ash is a lil' piggy bun & gobbles his up wicked quick then runs back n forth & tries sticking his head thru the bars to get at Hunny's so I know if I fed them from the same bowl he'd be all over her share. 

 


User is Offline Kyrre
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9/08/2012 9:57 AM
I am so envious right now.
Giants are so beautifull. Gotta love them ears!

Remember though, giants need a LOT of excersize. Big buns mean big area to run too.

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9/08/2012 6:27 PM
They are nice! (Well, they were nicer when I thought they were both girls! LOL Now they're giving me an ulcer worrying about bunny babies. hehehe.)

I bought a carpet remnant for them that's 12'x14' so that's their pen size in addition to their rabbit abode. Then they can come out and play with us, also. The only problem is that now we've got to keep them separated in little spaces because of the whole boy/girl issue. But next Friday will solve that!

I am going to be up to my ears in vet care. The dog has allergies and requires a special bath each day, medicine twice daily, and a cream for her paws and belly three times a day. THEN add on top of that they I will be doing regular bunny care plus checking their incisions and making sure they eat and poop. Oh boy.

I'll be glad when this is over.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/10/2012 11:57 AM

Hey!!!I just saw this. I've got a flemmies, Lady. She's about 15lbs ish at 11 months. Check with your local house rabbit society, I was able to get a voucher for house bunnies to get mine spayed. Also check out rabbit.org for a list ofreputable vets For pretty much everything, bigger is better. Lady would pick up and slam her xpen when Ihad it at 4x4, but was much happier at 4x8 ( and she had free time in the house most of the day. I use a large low sided tub for her litter box, like the kind that go under the bed. She tends to kick out out a lot of poop of its any smaller. We buy hay by the bale now, like 50lbs from dr foster and smith, as well as Bulk pellets, because she eats so darn much. and greens man, she eats a TON of greens. 

So yeah, tons of space and food is important with a big breed especially when they binky 5 feet


User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/11/2012 6:53 AM
Hey! Where you been S&LH?! :p

lobsterandi; here's another vet list in case you haven't tried these. From Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society. You'll also find a bit about Hoppy Hour on this site. Something that might interest you if you live close enough.

http://mn.companionrabbit.org/resou...rians.html
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/11/2012 6:57 AM
Hi!! I've been crazy busy with school and moving and school again hah. phew! Missed ya'll though!

User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/11/2012 7:09 AM
Yikes! Sounds stressful. I'll be kind and not poke you for pictures just yet. Maybe tomorrow.

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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9/11/2012 7:12 AM
lobstersandi, I wanted to add this resource also.
http://www.nootersclub.org/lowcosts...neuter.htm

There are some services in there you might find. Kindestcut and SNAP in MN do rabbit desexings from what I can see.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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9/19/2012 7:21 PM
Sorry to resurrect this old(ish) post but I had to respond. I've been so busy with my son in school and his other billion activities. Between the kids, the dog, the bunnies, and my husband... I have no computer time!

We DID use the SNAP program. Thank you, jerseygirl! They were wonderful and knowledgeable and kind. The bunnies did wonderfully and are healing nicely! I'm planning on Hoppy Hour after they're all 100% healed just so I don't have to worry about any injuries. The spay & neuter for them, including medicines, was $90. Can't beat that! The best part is that the vet who did them was one of the vets at the expensive clinic. Hooray!

Where do you buy your giant bags of pellets? We're going through them like crazy, but the giant bags I find seem to be no good. Either the big bags are for growing meat rabbits on a farm, or they have wheat listed as the first or second ingredient. I thought wheat was bad for bunnies?!

I want my bunnies to be big but I also want them to be trim and fit. lol

The people working the spay clinic had their jaws on the ground as they said, "THOSE will be some HUGE rabbits!"

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9/20/2012 2:31 AM
I`m glad the bunnies made out well.
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/20/2012 3:43 AM
I have to buy 50lb bags of food and hay from Dr Foster and Smith. Its much much cheaper than buying small bag by bag.

User is Offline Beka27
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9/20/2012 4:59 AM
I also want to ditto Sam&Lady's suggestion of Drs. Foster and Smith. They sell the larger bags of Oxbow and when you buy over a certain amount (I think it's $49), there is free shipping. You can either get the 50lb bags (if you have a way to keep it airtight) or multiple 10lb bags. When they get older, you will still need to limit their pellets, so at that point the pellet cost should be more manageable (altho your veggie bill will be astronomical... lol).
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User is Offline bullrider76543
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9/20/2012 5:10 AM
I have to buy a 50lb bag every month with Blue and the rest of the gang. It is a local timothy hay based pellet, I am not sure of the brand. But again it is something that my vet reccomended for me and sent me to where she gets her feed and its only $14 for the bag. its a little feed shop out here in the country. lol look at me I am a hick now lol, in the country, got a country vet, feed from the country feed store LOL anyway. My Flemmie love to eat constantly!! so I make sure he has tons of hay, then give him greens and he gets pellets once a day.
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User is Offline lobsterandi
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9/20/2012 5:57 AM
I live "in the country" according to most of my friends. We moved from downtown Minneapolis into a suburb half an hour away. The city really does stop abruptly and cows and corn quickly become your neighbors! I called our local feed store and asked if they had any pet bunny food, and they have three varieties of non meat-rabbit pellets. I'm going to go check it out and read the bags to see if any of those will do the trick. They also have big bales of different hays so I'll see what they've got!

I go through more rabbit pellets than I do dog food for my 30 pound dog. Every time I get the rabbit bag crinkling, the dog comes running like, "MAYBE I WILL GET FOOD THIS TIME TOO!" She's always disappointed that she only gets fed twice a day but I am constantly refilling the bunny bowl.

User is Offline Elrohwen
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9/20/2012 10:56 AM
What beautiful babies! Plenty of advice here, so I just wanted to pop in and say congrats on your new buns and thanks for taking them in.

I agree that $700 is outrageous. I live in a very expensive area and payed $400 for a neuter (not sure how much the spays were, since my girl was done when I got her) and $700 is significantly more than that.
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/20/2012 5:19 PM
Great to hear you found the SNAP program there rabbit savvy! I agree, can't beat 90$!!

Regarding the meat rabbit pellets....I know this is cringe-worthy but the flemmies are a meat breed. If those pellets have good fibre content then feeding them in much smaller portion would be ok IMO. From what I've heard weight is something harder to keep on the pet flemmies(???) so I'm think a grower pellet/alfalfa based pellet may not be a bad thing. Limited portions of course.

Are they good hay eaters?
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline lobsterandi
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9/21/2012 4:46 AM
The pet rabbit food they had their was OK. I bought a 50 pound bag. It's 19-22% fiber. And it was less than $20. They're alfalfa pellets, and I don't think they can eat them in adulthood but this'll get us through for a while.

They don't really seem to eat hay as much as other rabbits I've known. But I guess that's because they get unlimited pellets. They seem to prefer orchard grass the best of all options.

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9/21/2012 8:07 AM
OMGGG -- Just wanted to say welcome to BB and I'M SOOOO JEALOUS THAT TWO FLEMMIES JUST FELL INTO YOUR LAP! Ahhhh, I have 3 baby Tans and they are sooo adorable but I want a Flemmie sooooo bad. Unfortunately our condo complex is no animals so there's just no way I could sneak a Giant bunny out every time he had to go to the vets. They're the exact color I want too! SOOOO ADORABLE!

I'm really glad their spays went well for you and you got such a good price! $700 is INSANE. I got my girl done for $350.

As for them eating not as much hay -- my baby buns didn't start gobbling down their hay until they were getting weaned off their baby pellets onto their adult pellets in which case we found them a hay (oat hay) that they go nuts over and now is the only time they'll really go after it.
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