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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > New bunny owner of 3 Holland Lops!
Last Post by Skipper's Mama at 10/23/2012 1:16 PM (49 Replies)
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User is Offline tanlover14
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10/11/2012 5:40 PM

I know what you mean -- 3 cages is DEFINITELY expensive but necessary.  We now also have 3 cages -- none of us are in use.   If you look on the threads around the forum for "Condos" you can find TONS of ideas on inexpensive ways to build big bunny condos!   Here's a picture of mine:  (All my buns are a little over 4 pounds and all 3 fit in here very nicely!)

 

 


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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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10/12/2012 4:21 AM
Since the cages are all brand new, when the time comes, list them on an online ad site (like Craigslist), or if you have a local rabbit or guinea pig rescue, you may be able to donate them as temporary housing.

With three rabbits, the bigger the space, the better. Some use NIC condos and build up. Others (like myself) use dog exercise pens. Each rabbit needs a minimum of 2x4 feet (so in reality, the 36 inch cages you got would not have been larger enough long-term anyways). With three rabbits, the floor plan would need to be a minimum of 6x4 feet.

Can I ask why you chose to get three rabbits instead of getting one as a "family pet"?
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/12/2012 4:25 AM
Males can be spayed as soon as their family jewels drop. I there have been some that have been spayed around four months. Males can generally be spayed before females. And the procedure is less invasive for males than females. Are you planning on getting them all fixed around the same time? The little boys should be kept away from your girl for about a month-month in half. It takes some time for their sperm to die. And to make sure you're little girl is all healed give her about a month or two before introducing her to the males. Just to be safe to make sure that no opps litters happen.

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/12/2012 6:35 AM
One of my boys was done at exactly 4 months -- literally exactly! And my other was done at 4 1/2.
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User is Offline sweethoneybuns
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10/12/2012 7:35 AM
Oh wow, that's really nice! Are those litter boxes on every level? I'll definitely look into building a condo for them. Thanks for that!

I know, it was probably a bad idea to get 3 bunnies! I probably would have been better off getting the bunnies a little older too! But I know my kids can handle it. I just have to teach them a little in the beginning. I used to have 3 dogs that I had waaay before my kids were even born & now my kids are 9, 10, & 12. They all took over & took care of each one (since they were young!). They are very responsible & have proved to me they can each have their own pet. But sadly, all my dogs have all aged & gone.. & so they all wanted their own bunnies! I have no idea where they got the idea. But so far, I see that it is much easier than having 3 dogs. So much less destructive.. & not as messy. & they are quiet too! Oh, & aside from the cages being so expensive.. they are much cheaper to take care of.

So when will I know when the family jewels drop? Are they noticeable? Haha. I was hoping to atleast get the 2 males to be neutered at the same time.. unless my vet tells me that one is a girl. I'm still unsure about all of their genders but the oldest doe is getting spayed next week. I will bring the other 2 to be sexed.

4mos!? I was hoping I could do it sooner. One of them is spraying like crazy already! As soon as his cage is opened.. he runs to every corner & sprays.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/14/2012 2:51 AM
Males can usually be spayed around 3 1/2 to 4 months.

It's great that you are teaching your kids responsibility. I agree that the daily care of bunnies is cheaper than dogs but they can be just as expensive in the long run with vet bills. As for less messy than a dog....well, you haven't met my lop, Bindi.
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/14/2012 4:55 AM
It can be pretty noticeable at times and at others not. Have you found a rabbit savvy vet and taken them in for their overall wellness visit? When you do that your vet might actually be able to help you with when to schedule the spays/neuters (if one of them happens to be the wrong gender).

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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10/14/2012 7:49 AM
Hahah messy. My one rabbit makes a mess of her hay as soon as I fill up her basket.
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User is Offline tanlover14
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10/14/2012 8:30 AM
Yeah, we had litter boxes on each level but the brats kept trying to yank the top one off and throw it on the floor so we just took it out and now they all use the top level to lounge around together and nap during the day, hahah.

Rabbits can def cause a mess, hahaha. Hence the reason my three little crazies are NOT free-roam, they just have a play area they are allowed out in.
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User is Offline sweethoneybuns
Long Beach, CA
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10/15/2012 2:32 PM
Okay, so I finally took my oldest doe, Peaches, to get spayed. The vet also sexed my 2 younger buns & one ACTUALLY IS a girl! *phew* Good thing I went & did that instead of just assumed it was a boy too. Marshmallow turned out to be the girl & Buttercup turned out to be the boy. Haha, my kids were hoping it would be the other way around.

Does anybody know if there a way to teach a bunny not to bite you? My kids like to walk around bare foot on the carpet & one of the bunnies likes to nip at their toes whenever it is out of it's cage. But it's not always like that right away. Sometimes she will run up to you & lick your feet for a few minutes before she does it.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/15/2012 2:40 PM
Squeel real loud when she does it. She probably doesn't realize that she's hurting you and is trying to play. Squeeling real loud signals to the bun that you're in pain.

User is Offline Roberta
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10/15/2012 3:12 PM
I've got a Long Eared Land Shark too. Nermal can get very territorial but she is getting better. I use the squeal loud method and she is definitely doing it less and not sinking the fangs in as deep. Now Blossom is going through a bitey stage so I will start doing it with her also.
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/16/2012 5:02 AM
"Long Eared Land Shark" that's really cute Roberta! =]

User is Offline Elrohwen
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10/16/2012 6:03 AM
Posted By LittlePuffyTail on 10/14/2012 05:51 AM
Males can usually be spayed around 3 1/2 to 4 months.

It's great that you are teaching your kids responsibility. I agree that the daily care of bunnies is cheaper than dogs but they can be just as expensive in the long run with vet bills. As for less messy than a dog....well, you haven't met my lop, Bindi.

My bunnies are so much messier than my puppy! Their room looks like a barn most of the time with hay and shredded paper everywhere. Bunnies love nothing more than making messes after I've cleaned up

 They are also fairly expensive to feed. My 15lb puppy costs the same to feed per month as my pair of rabbits. Of course, per pet they're cheaper, and my pup will grow and cost more, but still it's a surprising amount of money. I just calculated that I spend about $50 a month for the pair of buns (both lops)

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User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/16/2012 4:55 PM
Posted By Elrohwen on 10/16/2012 09:03 AM

My bunnies are so much messier than my puppy!

Waaaaait a minute! I have not heard you got a puppy nor seen pictures. Did I miss? No wonder you haven't been on the forums as much of late.

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/17/2012 5:48 AM
Jerseygirl is rightttt? I don't think I heard that either! DEETS AND PICTURES!

I'm so glad you got them checked! And so glad your girl got spayed -- how is she doing btw? Everything going good with her spay, stitches, eating, ect? I know those girls can really give you a scare right after they get spayed. Make sure she's eating and pooping and don't forget to check her incision point and watch to make sure she's not tearing at the stitches or anything. And NO playtime with the other ones for sure until her incision is nicely healed!
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User is Offline sweethoneybuns
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10/17/2012 8:11 AM
When my dogs were puppies, they were so destructive! Chewing up everything in sight.. lots of shoes, couch cushions, socks, etc. & their messes were much more disgusting to clean up! Haha. But I loved them anyway & they grew up to be wonderful. I miss them so much. <3

Peaches is doing well. She's not really active right now but she's eating & pooping normally. So once she's all healed, I can start the bonding process w/ her & my buck? He's not neutered yet though.. but she was the one doing all the mounting when I first got them. She's much bigger too. No rush though. I'd rather wait a while than to risk them fighting & not being able to bond.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/17/2012 11:59 AM
I wouldn't start bonding them yet. I know some of the members on here have mentioned that after their spay/neuters the smell of the rabbit will actually change. I would wait until you get your little guy fixed. Not to mention you don't want any accidents and your little girl accidently getting hurt by your male rabbit.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/18/2012 1:26 AM
I agree with Skippers Mama. Things will probably be calmer when they are all fixed. Bunny hormones can be crazy.
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User is Offline Beka27
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10/18/2012 5:15 AM
That's great that the older one is through the surgery and you got confirmation from the vet that one of the young ones IS a girl! That must have relieved you to find out and know to take proper precautions!

I'm not sure what you've told the kids about the bunny surgery, but I think opportunities like this are a great way to have an age-appropriate discussion about the pet overpopulation problem and how, while baby bunnies are SO CUTE, it's a good idea to not let them make more baby bunnies. These discussions will follow them into adulthood and hopefully teach them to be responsible when it comes to pet ownership. It sounds like you're raising a great bunch of animal lovers, so I applaud you!
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