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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Living Large: A Flemish Giants Home
Last Post by Sarita at 12/29/2013 10:14 AM (30 Replies)
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User is Offline Troller
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8/16/2012 10:32 PM
Hi folks, still haven't gotten the rabbit but my preparations are underway. I need additional advice on the practical side of a Flemish Giant as a house rabbit. Litter box for instance. Are the large ones sold here at BB big enough for them or do I get a cat one? If so, is there an alternative to the screen they sell at BB that I can use? (I hear things like plastic canvas, or a window screen mesh might work inthe same vein).

What about urine guards? I see a lot of NIC cage pics and few of them use them, are they necessary if the bunny is being litter boxed trained? Is 4 inches high enough if they are needed?

I also want to buy a feeder, but not sure what size one would be necessary. Any suggestions?

Heh, at this point, can any owners of very large rabbits just tell me the hurdles they've gone through to accomadate the larger proportions and the solutions they've come up with?

Thanks

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/17/2012 9:57 AM

Both my Flemmies were super easy to box train BUT like all rabbits till spay/neutered they will mark... Since Hunny's been spay her potty habits have been 100%.  Ashes is all boxed trained as well except she isn't spay yet (too young) so she does still mark.  I have the largest litter box Walmart had for cats with very high sides and its ok for her BUT when they are bonded I will have to get a bigger/wider one (found one at Petsmart)... here's a pic of Hunny in it when she was almost 4 months old... now she fills in just about front to back & she does pee high up so def need the sides, sometimes her bum looks like it's over the side but she adjusts herself b4 she goes...

As far as a feeder... I use heavy ceramic dog dishes for both of them... the grey hay rack/feeder that's in the pic became more a toy & got picked up & banged against the side of her pen so we don't use that one anymore.

Besides having to have a large pen & high gates (if you don't want them in the hall or a certain room) & having to buy lots os veggies every week... there really isn't anything "special" I've had to do to accomadate by big buns (lol, big buns). 

With allowing them free range they're like having a big cat or a lil' dog...

 

 


User is Offline Troller
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8/17/2012 2:13 PM
What about steps or ramps leading to a 2nd floor, which is better, easier, and more fun? And would NIC floors with a pegboard and some dowels be strong enough to support the big rabbit? I'd get plywood but I don't have a drill handy or the environment to do major alterations on wood.

User is Offline Hunny's Momma
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8/17/2012 3:51 PM
That's def a bullrider question... my buns are in a covered xpen... when I add the 2nd level (once buns are bonded) it will be completely open. I plan on picking up a sheet of 4' x 8' flooring to lay on top of the pen and then adding a hiding box, a comfy rest spot & toys. Also where I have their pen set up they will be able to look out the window. Hunny can jump right up no prob as it's only 2' off the ground just needs a blanket so she don't slip, chances are Ashes will be able to jump that no prob also. Hunny's only locked up at bedtime right now and I could prob leave her out with no problem I just keep it locked for my own piece of mind but during the day even when we are gone she's got run of the place (she pretty much just sleeps under the diningroom table all day). When we are home Ashes pen is open but she prefer to stay inside... she'll come out run for a bit then right back in to veg out...

User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/17/2012 4:21 PM

LOL ok well lets see. food dish... I use a pet dish that attaced to the side of the nic cage. I got it at Tractor supply for $5.00 because Blue would dump his food or carry it around at first. and his water I do not use a bottle!! Flemies need lots of water so I got a Small dog auto water dish from walmart i believ that was about $6.00. I do have to give hom water prob twice a day.

Now for the cage ramps I took the same Plywood that I built the floors out of and cut them to size. then I got one of those rainbow colored Log toy from Petsmart and took the individual logs and cut them to the length of the ramps width. I drilled four holes and ziptied them through the log and onto the ramp. Sometimes he uses them sometimes he just skips them, depends on his mood.

any other questions please just asK I am glad to help.

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User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/17/2012 4:24 PM
Oh the Litter box, I almost forgot, I just used a storage tub from walmart I believe you can see it in the picture of his cage. and on the first ramp I ran out of the colored logs so I just used some 1x1 untreated wood attached the same way.
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User is Offline Theresa
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8/28/2012 4:12 AM
So excited to find this thread - and so many other ones related to Flemish Giants! I have to go introduce myself and my bun over on the welcome thread, but had to post here.

My Roscoe is about 4 months old, and he is already pretty good sized, so I ended up buying a storage box at Walmart for about $4 on sale - then I bought a roll of the small squared chicken mesh wire - and hubby cut it to size for me with a tin snips. Then we taped it off and sprayed the edges with something called Flexseal - you've probably seen the commercial where the guy replaces the bottom of a boat with a screen door and waterproofs it? The squares are too big to completely seal the edges, but it takes away the sharp edges so I don't snag my fingers when I take the screen out.

I basically bought pressed wood pellet fuel, put that in the bottom of the box, then the screen on top, and then some cheap grass hay (got from a friend who has horses) spread out on top of the screen to protect Roscoe's feet. I also built a hay-rack out of a wire basket I got at the dollar store and hung that over the litterbox with some good Timothy hay in it. I was absolutely floored that Roscoe, who had been in an outdoor hutch with no litterbox - using this method based on advice from this site - he was 98% trained within the first 24 hours of being home. I say only 98% trained becuase he isn't neutered yet, so he still marks with a pellet or two here and there.

Roscoe's "home" right now is an extra large dog crate in the living room until he is neutered and fully litter trained. I will be giving him his own room eventually. He has free range of the house if we are home, but must be confined while we are not present because I have two dogs and I don't trust them unsupervised - at least not yet.

I will post a pic later, don't have one with me here at work.

User is Offline Troller
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8/29/2012 5:16 PM
Is there such a thing as too large a litter pan? I got one of these at home depot http://m.homedepot.com/p/Large-Mixi...02086174/. Basically a tub measuring 36in, 24in, and 8in deep. Is it just to big or will it suit the purpose and be comfortable enough?

User is Offline Larry
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12/29/2013 7:03 AM
I didn't look to see when this was posted but thought I would share some of my experiences. We recently bought a Giant Flemish, a blue, she was very timid at first also she was breed when we picked her up. Don't think the sellers were quite honest about the age. But that really didn't matter to us because we wanted one anyway. We had a very unussal wind storm out here, 65 mile an hour winds. So we put her in the car port until I got her cage made. I enclosed the carport by the way. The last day of the wind storm she aborted the kits. Very sad about it. You will see the picture of the cage I built in a sec. So we bought another, a grey. He was just a baby. How he got his name Poptart is for another time. This rabbit was was born out side in a wire pen, quite a messy place really but he was healthy. He didn't like being picked up or played with or anything. House breaking this rabbit was very easy. Most animals when in a enclosed space will pick a spot to do their pooping and such. So after we saw where it was we put his box there, and he goes there every time to do his duties. The best part of this is we can move his box and he will use it where ever we put it. He is a part of the family and he knows this. All my rabbits including the Flemish live out side in a motel of sorts. They also roam the back yard at times when I am out there working. They do get under foot from being curious and wanting to help out. Still have to put a proper roof on this. The white tube you see in the back of the cage in a heater for them. Also the dividers come out to make one very big cage, 16ft.

User is Offline Larry
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12/29/2013 7:06 AM
The pictures didn't post, don't know why but if you want to see them just email me.

User is Offline Sarita
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12/29/2013 10:14 AM
Hi Larry, thank you for posting but we do ask that members do not pull up old posts and this one is over a year old - I am going to lock this thread.

We also advocate rabbits living indoors as well.
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