If in nature a male rabbit dies, then the doe will be sad and grieve some time. But it would be a waste of resources if a young doe will never again accept a new partner.
At this line: if you sell the surprise male rabbit, he will be "dead" for your doe and after some time (time in which you have to support her!) she could mate with another male.
To decide when to cut the nails of your rabbit, you can use a rule of thumb: if the nails are longer than the surrounding fur, you should have a closer look to them. (If your rabbit has special/non-natural fur, like rex or teddy, this rule does not work) In average this is between 3 and 12 weeks after the last cut.
If you pick up your rabbit, you should ...
My senior rabbit has problems with maintaining her weight, so I explored this on kaninchenwiese.de.
It works for rabbits that need more energy because they are:
outside in the winter (low temperatures, beneath 0°C)
lactating or pregnant
But one must be aware that in the long run, health issues could arise. ...
Yes, you can put a leash on a bunny.
But please keep these important things in mind!
Never leash your bunny with a collar!
Not only will this not contain your bunny when it jumps away suddenly, but the collar can harm your pet if sudden force is applied. If you wish to leash your bunny please use a bunny harness. The harness makes sure your bunny cannot ...
Bunnies laying down to pancake are a great sign, it means they are comfortable.
Rabbits do need enrichment items (toys), but not all rabbits like the same toys. My former rabbit loved fling toys--things like baby toy keys that he could throw with his mouth. My current rabbit doesn't really like those; she prefers chew toys such as willow balls and loves ...
The important thing in building bonds between rabbits is the character of the rabbits. An extreme boss-like rabbit would not accept another boss. But also an extremely shy rabbit is not good as pair for a boss, because the boss may act too agressive without counterpart (like not allowing the shy to eat/chill).
The most rabbits are not extreme. Two of them ...
If you find a wild animal that is hurt or ill you have to do an ethical choice:
Do you want to let nature its go?
Do you feel the need to do something for this animal?
There are some reasons for both points, for example "it is a human shaped surrounding, the humans have to care for the last animals there", or "there are so many of them and the hunting ...
This post is several years old but I will update it to add that there is now Revolution Plus which includes an additional active ingredient specifically targeting ticks. This might already be common knowledge to many or most pet people but hopefully will help anyone searching this information.
First of all, you need to separate the male and female. Then get them spayed and neutered. This not only will get rid of the litters, but also it will get rid of possible Cancer, and other health issues.(Oooh, and the smell!) A month after they are fixed, you can put them back together. If you have any kittens (baby bunnies) at the moment make sure the ...
Rabbits have favorite tastes like humans too.
But another point is this: rabbits are smart. They try a tiny bit of new food they do not know and then wait for around one day. If they stay healthy and have no problems, then they eat the whole food.
Maybe you replaced the food before they could complete their "test", so they could not decide to eat ...
In nature rabbits eat more leave-like greens than grass (what hay is produced from). So you could use any rabbits' taste fitting leaves, like European acorn, dandelion, European oak, apple, plum, daisy, strawberry, raspberry, peach, carrot, garden radish, cabbage (if you do not feed grains), hazel, European chestnut, European linden tree...
There are lots of ...
Fresh wood cut from the right kind of tree would be without risk for your rabbits.
Easy to remember trees are:
Apple (the kind of apples humans could eat)
Cherry (the kind of... see above)
(I will add the others, when I find their English names.)
If you cut the healthy twigs fresh from the tree the wood is tasty for your bunnies and you ...
Are there some precautions I could take for their safety or if not, what can I give my rabbits to keep their teeth in check? Is hay really enough?
Make sure that the respective wood is not toxic to the rabbits. Some wood is toxic to everything on Earth.
As for infections, pathogens... just boil the wood in water for at least 30 min. That should be quite ...
If you like to understand the behavior of your rabbits at home, you could try a look at the rabbits in nature. (The domestication of rabbits is not long enough to destroy all their behaviors they learned/stored in million years of free life.)
Rabbits in nature have every time (without little times in winter) a lots of food around them. They live in a green ...
First of all, keep in mind that it's a good thing for him (and for your comfort) to have been sterilized. He should live longer and be way more calm. Also, a bunny can take one week to recover fully from an anesthesia. This is a little body against a big chemical product so don't worry.
My guess here is that he doesn't have the loads of hormones coming ...
You should feed them the same as you would feed to adult rabbits:
fresh herbs (make sure to check they're not poisonous to rabbits)
Source 1 Source 2
If you were to feed formula, according to rabbit.org, cat formula is actually recommended. There's also rabbit formula available, according to source 1. You can order it ...
No specific source for Medina County, OH outbreak has been identified.
In the 2018 - 2020 out break in Washington State, birds are suspected of being the source.
Q: Since so many feral rabbits have already died from RHDV2, won’t the virus just eventually “die out” in WA state?
A: No. The state veterinarian’s office suspects that RHDV2 spread here ...
To answer your question in a general way (I will provide more detail, when you have answered my comment)
The litter should be comfortable for the rabbit. Many rabbits like a "soft" cover, for example straw or paper shavings at the top. You could try to cover your usual litter with this. Some rabbits even like to take a nap onto this "bedding&...
Timothy hay pellets are made from Timothy grass (Phleum pratense), a type of grass that originated in Eurasia and has been cultivated in America since the 1720s. It's grown as feed for cattle, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and other herbivore pets.
Timothy hay is rich in long fibre and its abrasive texture helps to grind down the teeth, keeping both the ...
It all depends on what you actually want to achieve.
If you want to enjoy watching the baby rabbits grow, then just build some cages for them, where the wild mother would feel comfortable, ans where the cats cannot go. (I know, quite conflicting requirement :) )
If you provide food to the mother rabbit, then she will not even need to go out for food, so she ...
I would probably construct a tunnel - choose a width that fits your rabbits’ body size. Rabbits’ main axis is horizontal, crows’ vertical, which means that rabbits love tunnels, birds don’t.
Maybe you can find a pipe that fits or construct something out of wood.
If you want to make it extra-uncomfortable for the crows, include a curve or bend, that should ...
Bunny lays down (like a pancake) when I pat him
I am not sure what you mean by 'pat', if you mean the verb 'touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand' then you are doing it wrong.
Bunnies like to be stroked. Soft pets that glide easily over the fur. I go into some detail in this answer.
As for playing with toys:
Cats and dogs like to chase things (...
Plants that many people can find in their backyards can also be good options for rabbits to chew on. Check out this list of woods, vines and other plant materials that are safe options for pet rabbits.
Safe woods for rabbits to chew:
apple (seeds are toxic),
Rabbits in nature are only grabbed, if they are hunted down. Because of this they all have a strong aversion against being grabbed and carried around.
But if you do it gently and give your bunny time to became used to it, then it will be an unpleasant, but tolerable thing for your rabbit. You could help him by being calm during the handling and by giving him ...
Mice could actually fit through surprisingly small openings and the spacing in the mesh should be no bigger than 0.6 x 0.6 cm or else it would not be reliably mice-proof (source). For that reason the mouse would easily fit even through the smaller 1.6 x 1.6 cm spacing you've mentioned unless it's remarkably big and fat.
I could advise sealing the whole ...
I did some research on the Internet and it turns out that RHD (rabbit hemorrhagic disease) is a viral disease with extremely high infectiveness and many various potential routes of spreading.
At first, some clarification. RHD is the acronim of the disease itself, and it is caused by rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), of which two different strains are ...
Now, as the winter is over (the second one, since I asked my question), I found some kind of solution:
I built a "tipi" from conifer twigs (For all foreign people - like me: conifer are the group of trees with needles instead of leaves, not like in for example German , where "Konifere" is one particular species)
You should choose a native ...
Raccoons are very smart, resourceful and strong as well as determined, the more challenging the venture the more resourceful they will be. Most wild raccoons as well as coyotes are shy of lights though, a motion sensitivity light or and sound will keep predators at bay. It might put your mind at ease to walk the perimeter of your yard, especially the pets ...