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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Accidentally acquired two Flemish Giants. Need advice!
Last Post by tanlover14 at 9/21/2012 8:07 AM (52 Replies)
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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
Australia
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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.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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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.

User is Offline lobsterandi
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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!"

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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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
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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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
Joplin MO
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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
Hudson Valley, NY
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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.
- Elrohwen

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.

User is Offline tanlover14
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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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