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Last Post by BB at 12/19/2006 11:36 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline FuR ThE LuV oF PeTs
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12/19/2006 4:59 AM

Hello all!

I have been researching all I need to know to be the perfect Bunny mommy and thought I would come here for some advice. I have been doing animal rescue for around 5 years now but have to admit I have not come into contact with very many Bunny's. I recently found a Baby bunny and Have absolutely fell in love!! Yeah I believe in Love at first site! I just have to make sure that I am doing everything perfect and being the best Pet mom I can be... I want to make sure to feed the best of the best and giving the baby the best of care so any advice would be great... What do you recommend as food, what type of hay, and how much Alfalfa should I feed. How can you tell the sex of a bunny (is it the same as dogs and cats or more like Ferrets?) Thank all of you and when I bring the baby home I will post pics and will need some help with names!! Yeah!!

 

 

 

 


User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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12/19/2006 5:10 AM
Congrats. Tell us more about the baby! What kind of bunny? I have no idea where to start. Go out and get Rabbits for Dummies though. You sound like me, I read every book I could on getting a bunny. Dummies is my bible. Get your bunny spayed or neutered! It's the best thing that you can do for them, honestly. Babies should have alfalfa hay. I use Kay Tee. My bunny is two so she's moved on to timothy hay. With a baby bunny, just feed it al it wants. It's a growing baby. Get straight pellets and make sure that it has at least 22% crude fiber. Rabbits have very sensitive digestive tracts so don't introduce veggies for a while. Sexing a baby bunny is difficult, but you can fin some great websites that show pictures or diagrams of how to sex. Keep us posted!

User is Offline wendyzski
Chicago, IL
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12/19/2006 5:28 AM
Welcome!

This looks like a decent article on how to sex a bunny, but even vets make mistakes.
http://www.debmark.com/rabbits/sexing.htm

User is Offline FuR ThE LuV oF PeTs
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12/19/2006 5:53 AM
One of them is a Neitherland Dwarf and the other a Mini Lop...

User is Offline FuR ThE LuV oF PeTs
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12/19/2006 6:19 AM
I am soooo excited!!!!!! I hope so bad that Santa comes through!

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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12/19/2006 8:18 AM
welcome to binkybunny britty_mae!  bringing home your first bunny is very exciting :-)

here are some things to consider:

Housing
Bunnies really need to live indoors, for their safety and health. I'm a big fan of the NIC cube cottages (www.rabbitnetwork.org/articles/NIC.shtml) which take some time to make, but cost less than a traditional cage. If you're going to purchase a cage, make sure to allow your bunny plenty of play space and avoid wire bottom cages, since they can lead to sore hocks. X-pens also make great bunny houses, you'll just want to put blankets down on the floor first.

Food
A bunny younger than seven months will be on unlimited alfalfa pellets and hay. Many commercially available pellets are not good for bunnies. I highly recommend Oxbow brand pellets since they're healthy and have the right levels of nutrients. You'll slowly start to add in veggies. At around 7 months old, you'll slowly transition your bunny to timothy pellets, veggies and unlimited timothy hay. At this point, you'll also start to limit pellets, an average is 1/4 cup per 5 pounds of bunny.

Spaying / Neutering

It's very important for bunny's health! It also helps behavior, stop aggresiveness and litter training. Unspayed females have a VERY high rate of uterine cancer, so it is very important to spay.

Do you have other pets?
We often have people bring in their dog or cat prior to adopting a rabbit. How they'll interact is something to think about.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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12/19/2006 11:36 PM
Welcome Britty_mae!!!    Congratulations on your new bunny companion.  Can't wait to see the adorable pictures.   Baby bunnies can be a mess, so just know that is the norm for the little ones.   It doesn't mean they will be messy adults.  

Regarding sexing, here is a great link to a whole host of rabbit sexing sites.   http://images.google.com/images?q=s...amp;tab=wi   Boys are usually tubish, while girls are more triangle pointish.   
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