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Rabbits in general
Member Name: Nattylou
Rabbits in general
Advantages: Giving a bunny a happy home
Disadvantages: Make sure you have the time
My first rabbit I got when I was 16 years old.
I remember Walking into this pet shop and seeing her, I wanted her instantly I completely fell in love with her, I had to have her !!
Grey shiny fluffy coat, big brown eyes, very alert and friendly I took to her straight away.
At 8 weeks old Opal was such a tiny thing, plus she was a mini lop, which is one of the smallest breeds, but her ears were nearly as big as the rest of her body.
So I took her home with her new hutch, food and everything she needed.
She had her own personality, she was very easy to litter train, she used to sit up on my shoulder licking my ear.
Not long after this I decided to get her a companion, went to the pet shop and wanted another female as I did not want to breed because I did not have the room.
So after around a month of having the new rabbit, which by the way was a dwarf lop slightly bigger than a mini lop, it then turns out that Ruby was not a Ruby, but in fact a Rocky.
Was completely shocked and natures way Opal soon had a litter, even though I had been told I was having another female.
She had a litter of four in July 2006, Where unfortunaly one died at birth.
So I had 3 new baby rabbits to contend with, Harley,Lily and Dacre.
Few months passed babies were feeding fine, growing fast I had to expand everything I had to make more room for more rabbits.
One day someone said they had brought a female dwarf lop 3 months old for there daughter and there daughter didn't take to her, so me being a softy i took her on, Naming her Ruby.
Now adding more to the little family of bunnykins, I had to start separating them.
So I have Rocky and Ruby together (rocky had been castrated by then so no more babies).
Harley I had given to my god son, as he was not getting on with his brother, so dacre was on his own, and Opal and Lily (mother and daughter) were together.
One day i found that rocky had died, now rocky and ruby were like an old couple they hated each other but they loved each other.She used to pick on him but he took it because he loved her awwwww bless!
Once I removed rocky, Ruby started getting really nasty towards me grunting, scratching.
So I asked the vet she said 'it coud be because she thinks you have taken her partner away from her or because she is at the age of bredding, try breeding with her'.
So I took her advice.
In the meantime Opal and Lily died I was devastated, Never thought I would feel like that opal was my first rabbit and I had 5 years with her, she was very close to me. It was bad enough losing her but to lose 2 at the same time was hard.
I took the vets advice and used ruby to breed.... I was shocked she had 13 babies, I thought Oh my god what am I going to do with all these rabbits??
So I raised them, looked after them with the help of Ruby who was a very good mum, and I gave them to good homes, ruby was still nasty with me so I also gave her to a family that could give her what I couldn't because of the way she was with me.
The only rabbit I have now is dacre, he is very much like his mother opal, he is very affectionate, and loving, likes to play and be treated, likes lots of fussing.
He is now 4 years old and quite a character, he has to have alot of time given to him as he has over grown teeth.
Now all the time I was breeding I asked information from vets, pet shops and to be honest they wasn't alot of help to me best thing I found was to just learn yourself and that is what I have done.
There are lots of rabbits that needs homes look at your local rescue centre, don't just go to pet shops as alot of the time on my experience they can be wrong.
Now rabbits need along with lots of attention, plenty of fresh water, hay or straw around 80% of there diet comes from hay, a mixture of either muelsi or pellets, and variety of fresh veg and fruit avoiding anything citrus or strong like leeks onions.
They do not like tough skin fruit and veg.
They need lots of excercise and play time.
Every rabbit is different with there own personality, you will pick up there signs of love and affection such as licking , runing around your feet, and they also make little grunting noises, you can find out about rabbit language by typing in google.
Now tips when buying a rabbit:
1. Make sure you have the room
2. Make sure you have the time and commitment
3. Get advice on what breed, as some can have different temperments
4. Have fun and enjoy them :B
You can find useful information by searching online for the types of breeds, feeding, and extra information you may need.
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