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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Living Large: A Flemish Giants Home
Last Post by Sarita at 12/29/2013 11:14 AM (30 Replies)
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User is Offline Troller
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8/07/2012 3:57 AM
Hello, new here but been lurking for a time. I've recently decided to get my first pet in many years and have been overwhelmingly drawn to the Flemish Giant. Been voraciously studying (enjoyed this site the best) and have a pretty good idea of how to go but just wanted some advice. I live in a large 2 bedroom apartment with only my wife and her two Cockatiels. My indecision lies in the choice of habitat.

At first I thought to have an area in the living room 4'4ft by 3'6ft set aside for an x-pen but my wife suggested maybe the 7ft by 2'10ft closet (less obtrusive but poorly lit and ventilated). Another thought is to use our office but it's a little cluttered and I'm worried the cockatiels will stress the rabbit. The kitchen is also a thought, but nowhere where I've searched had owners done that so it might be a bad idea. In the end I plan (hope) my rabbit can be free ranged and have the run of the house but I wonder if it's necessary to build that up or can I just start that way with them? If so is a cage still necessary or can I just get a dog crate and lay out their things near it? So many options. Of course, this will be after I take the proper time to bunny proof things. 

Thanks in advance for any help.

User is Offline Sarita
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8/07/2012 4:09 AM
I totally agree with Free Range for a Flemish Giant. I think alot of this is going to depend on the rabbit - some rabbits can be free range immediately (and that is usually an older rabbit) but if it's a young rabbit and not yet altered I would do an x-pen since it will be temporary and you can move it around and it's easy to clean and spacious. I totally agree that a closet is a terrible idea as well.

I don't think the cockatiels will bother the rabbit either - I have one that squawks occasionally is noisy with his toys and I think my rabbits just drown him out although I have a hard time dealing with it sometimes.

User is Offline FrankieFlash
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8/07/2012 4:55 AM
I agree with Sarita about x-pen. Have you thought of whether you will be adopting or something else? Just a thought but if you adopt a flemish giant, you know what size they will be if they are an adult because they've stopped growing rather than a baby that could grow in a range of size. I don't think the cockatiels will bug the rabbit but make sure if they drop or fling seed, that it's not in his space and the bun doesn't eat it. Seeds are bad for buns. Also, not to say all buns are this way but mine doesn't mind it when my moms are sq-walking away, it's when they take flight that scares him.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/07/2012 5:35 AM
I will back up the advice that you have gotton already. I have a 8 month old Flemish Giant named Blue. it took a little while to get him to settle down on not pooping where ever lol, but we need to give him a lot of room for play!! I would work on getting to let him free roam, they are too large to keep in a pen for long periods of time.
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User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/07/2012 1:44 PM
I have to chime in here also... I also have Flemish buns (2)... 7mo old Hunny & 2mo old Ashes. We live in a 3 bedroom apartment with a conjoined dining/livingroom & Hunny is pretty much free roam, only places she's not allowed are the kids bedrooms & that's only cause trying to get a 7yr & 10yr to pick up after themselves is well... self explanatorily, lol. & Ashes will be free roam also once she is spay, done marking & 100% bonded with Hunny. They also share a (temporarily divided till fully bonded) 4' x 10' pen. That is where their litter boxes are along with the food/water dishes, some toys etc... We also have areas with hidey boxes, tunnels & toys in 3 different sections of the apartment as well & Hunny has made her own special spot under the diningroom table. Eventually (I'm hopeful) that Ashes will be as well behaved as Hunny & we will no longer need to keep them locked up when we are sleeping or gone for long hours... We also have plans to add a 2nd story to the pen once they are bonded completely...

User is Offline Troller
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8/07/2012 6:29 PM
Thanks all for the considerate advice. After discussing it with the wife we've settled on the idea of making the office the pet room and putting a pen there while we house train the rabbit. I only fret a little since the room has the kitchen and dining area before the living room and I worry it may be too far away from the family center.

As for where I'm getting the bunny. Most likely a breeder nearby. I've adopted animals before and while I'm usually all for it, I want the experience of raising a rabbit for the first time to be from a baby up. That way the next time I'll skip the headache and get a proper adult

To those that own Flemish Giants, any advice to give to a first timer? I've owned cats, a dog, fish and parakeets and even tended in farms before, but never personally took care of a rabbit.

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/08/2012 2:32 AM
Having it's own bunny room is best really esp if you'll have to keep him/her confined for long hours. I don't expect it'll take long to litter train as long as you start from day one. Hunny @ 9 weeks old at the time (being my 1st bun ever, well since I was a kid) took less then a week till she was 100%. Though she still "marked" until she was spay. Ashes was 6 weeks when I took her home & she is about 98% and she's been with us for almost 3 weeks now. But Ashes also still & will continue to mark when she's out and about for playtime until she's spay (another 2 months, our vet will spay at 4mo because of their large size). As I'm still a rookie Flemmie momma I'm still learning myself but I will say they CAN EAT! Lol,

Hunny (7mo old & about 10.5-11lbs) eats about 1-1.5 cups of pellets a day, unlimited hay & about 4 cups of veggies (split between breakfast & dinner) and she gets snack (slice of fruit or baby carrot) after breakfast & at bedtime.

Ashes (just over 2mo & about 3lbs) is a real piggy, lol. She get unlimited pellets (actually eats about the same as Hunny), Unlimited hay and I've just started her on greens this week right now she's eatting about a cup (split) & I know she wants more after she goobles it up but we don't want an bunny with an upset belly, lol. She also had her 1st piece of strawberry last night... so far so good...But other then the hearty appetite & having to bunny proof - (Hunny stopped chewing things she wasn't suppose to, fingers crossed it will pass with Ashes too...) I personally feel they are like having a cat OR small dog... but BETTER!!

User is Offline Hazel
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8/08/2012 4:15 AM
Hunny's Momma: When did you start limiting Hunnys pellets? I might get a Flemish on october, so I'm trying to learn also. I hope it's ok I'm asking this in here, not trying to hijack your threat Troller!
"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline Troller
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8/08/2012 4:16 AM
Another questions. I'm planning to build a NIC pen, and keep reading conflicting articles on if it can be two story or not when it comes to these bunnies. The negative opinion states that they are two big to make effective and comfortable use of a 2nd floor. Anyone have firsthand experience?

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/08/2012 5:05 AM

My Flemmie has a three story nic condo that I built and I have no issues. but I also have experience working with wood and building things. if you do build on make sure it is steady enough for his weight!!! and extra zip ties are reccomended!!

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User is Offline Troller
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8/08/2012 6:10 AM
Wow Bullrider, that is impressive. Mind if you share the dimensions of that pen? I think I have comparable space, and my wife is handier then I am so between is we could manage something like that I think. Kudos.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/08/2012 6:16 AM
your welcome, anytime!!
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User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/08/2012 6:28 AM
42" wide X 46" deep x 69" tall. I used untreated Plywood for the Flooring and put lanolium on that. and I hade to put some 2 x 2 's under the bottom floor for support unless you don't plan to put casters on it. the shelves have holes drilled in the sides and are ziptied to the levels. I used regular hinges on the ramps so I can lift them for easy cleaning, and in the front made a fold down door also for cleaning. lol and I used a large tub from walmart for a litter bin lol
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User is Offline skunklionshow
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8/08/2012 7:22 AM

Dh & I have been wanting a Flemish for some time.  We found a farm near us that raises them for food (so Bad!), so we might do a rescue of sorts, but we've decided to wait until our pet herd thins out some.  I'm really partial to lionheads.  I wish I could find a flemmie/ lionhead mix (what a mess that would be!)....

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User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/08/2012 7:26 AM
where are yall located? Talor's Bunnies ans berries in Missourri raise flemmies for show and are good people
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User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/08/2012 1:17 PM
*Hazel -----> I actually never started "limiting" her pellets... 1-1.5 cups is all she wants to eat - I use a 1/2 cup scoop and I put one scoop in her bowl at breakfast & one at dinner... and another at bedtime ONLY if the bowl's just about empty.   

User is Offline FlemishBlueBunny
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8/08/2012 5:46 PM

Sherlock is my first bunny since in 20 yrs (I was a lil girl and my Mom did most of the work). So when we saw a Flemish Giant for the first time 2 yrs ago my Hubby and I knew we just had to have one. After a yr of looking and learning we got one. We got him from a lady that breeds show Rabbits and is very concerned with health and standards. Our baby fit the health bill just not the standards because of parent colors. He has been a house bunny from the moment we got him home. He had a room at night but was free roaming even with our dogs. (sometimes I believe he thinks hes a dog) When we take him out he is a show off. Which is good since most people want to pet a giant rabbit on a harness. We are in the process of building him a larger pen since he has out grown his room but the door will be opened most of the day.

OK on to my advice socialize your bunny young with as many different people and animals as possiable (safely of course) because even though he might be in your home most of the time. You will have to take him out once in a while. And a friendly outgoing social bunny is better than a scared timid uptight bunny. Sherlock loves going to the vet for his nail trim.

Sherlock (7months)and our big mouth Dutchess


User is Offline Troller
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8/14/2012 1:15 AM
Ok, got the NIC, now a question on height. I set out a space of 5ft'10in length by 3ft'6in width. Now I'm contemplating the height being 4ft'8in. Is that high enough to provide adequate space with 2 levels for the bunny to enjoy or is that too short and should make it 5ft'10in?

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/14/2012 2:48 AM
Personally I'd do the 5' x 10" if it's gonna be a closed cage with levels... you want to allow ur bun enough room to stand up straight & periscope... and I know my Hunny is well over 2.5ft tall when she stretches up to be nosey...

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/14/2012 6:10 AM
I agree with Hunny, Blue stands up and he is just over 3 feet tall, plus he is brave you dont want to risk yours trying to hop out!!! then you can get a broken bone or worse!! Blue stands up and pariscopes all the time so I had to be carefull. Good luck building!!
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