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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Fireworks – best practice ideas.

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    • Henry
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      Evening.
      so we’re coming up to that time of year. For my bunnies it will be the first time they have heard fireworks.
      I have two adults and two roughly 4 weeks old kits. I have a walk-in avery with a hutch on a run inside. So really looking for any best practices.
      At the moment my plan is

      – keep the hutch open so they can move about if they want (don’t want to trap them in the top hutch) is this a good idea?

      – thick blank to put over the hutch and cover the bars bit so they can hide inside without being able to see the flashes  and hopefully the noise will be reduced.

      – ( the house is not practical – dogs who will already be freaking out)

      – should I feed extra or extra hay or just do normal to keep things as normal as possible ?

      any ideas are more then welcome.
      cheers

      Henry


    • Wick & Fable
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      That sounds fine and yes, plenty of hay and hidey-holes. There’s a chance the rabbits will not be phased at all or if they are, that they’ll habituate to it quickly once they realize it’s just noise and nothing is harming them.

      Some additional recommendations you can consider are here: https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Fireworks

      The answers provided in this discussion are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist.


    • Moonshadow
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      Go onto YouTube and play fireworks sounds at a low volume near them so they get used to the sounds of the sizzles, bangs, pops, and sparks. Then as they get used to it, increase the volume to a more normal range of sound. Doing that may help desensitize them, since they’ll realize it’s just noise not something chasing them. The desensitization method worked perfectly for my bunny. He doesn’t even flinch at hearing fireworks now. (I actually saw him binkying while they were going off on the 4th of July)

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Fireworks – best practice ideas.