Bunny are adorable creatures that make great pets, but just like any other animal, taking care of them requires commitment and effort. Here are our most asked bunny care tips!
They require a lot of care, love, and attention to live a healthy and happy life. Knowing how to care for a new animal before bringing it to your farm or home is super important!
We have had a bunny around for a few years now. At first it was really by accident. Some friends of ours had a couple extra and they needed a home. They were cute and snuggly and it was spring so bring on all of the cute baby animals right? We had a lot to learn when it came to this new species and I wished I had a comprehensive list to help us through those first few weeks with our new bunnies.
Caring for a new species is new and interesting, but it is best to know what you’re getting yourself into before you bring on a new animal.
Provide the right living space Bunnies need a safe and comfortable living space. A rabbit hutch with enough space for the bunny to move around is essential. Make sure the hutch has a solid floor to avoid foot problems and wire bottoms that can cause sore hocks. Also, ensure that the hutch is in a dry, warm, and draft-free area.
Feed them the right food Bunnies need a well-balanced diet that includes hay, fresh vegetables, oats and fruits. Hay is essential in their diet, as it helps keep their digestive system healthy and provides them with the necessary fiber. Offer your bunny fresh vegetables like kale, carrots, and lettuce. However, be careful not to overfeed them as overeating can cause health problems.
Provide fresh water Fresh water is essential for your bunny’s health. Make sure they have access to clean, fresh water all the time. Use a water bottle or a bowl to give them water.
If your bunny is outside and allowing to roam around the yard, they will keep themselves entertained. But if the bunny is inside, you’ll want to make sure they are entertained in some way.
Bunnies are social animals that need lots of mental stimulation. Offer them toys like chew sticks, balls, and tunnels to keep them entertained. Also, make sure to spend time with them daily, play with them, and offer them cuddles.
Having another bunny pal living with your bunny, might also keep them company.
If a rabbit doesn’t have something to entertain it’s self, it may get into trouble. For instance ours decided to start chewing on his food bowl. Once we recognized this, we added a few jingly cat toys to his cage and he was content again!
Grooming Bunnies have delicate fur that needs regular grooming. Brush their fur regularly to remove any loose hairs that can cause hairballs. Also, clean their ears and eyes regularly to avoid any infections.
Health Check Bunnies need regular checkups to maintain their health. Take them to the vet regularly for vaccinations and to check their overall health.
If you have pairs or multiples of bunny, decide whether you would like to have more bunnies, or if what you have is enough. Rabbits can and will multiply very quickly and are reproductive at a very young age. So decide early.
Keep them safe Bunnies are curious animals that like to explore. Ensure that they are safe from predators, electrical wires, and any harmful objects. We will often create a tunnel around our garden with chicken wire, so our bunny can safely be out and about while we are in the garden working. We know her droppings are helping our flowers and plant grow up too, so compost away, little one!
Taking care of a bunny requires dedication, patience, and love. Follow these tips to ensure your bunny lives a healthy and happy life. With proper care, your bunny will become a loving and loyal companion.
Having a bunny on your farm can be a beneficial and rewarding experience. They can help improve your soil health, keep your grass well-maintained, and provide a fun and educational experience for visitors and children. They also offer a chance for companionship and a sustainable way to utilize your farm’s resources. Read more about the Benefits of Keeping a Backyard Bunny here!
There are many things you can do with a rabbit, depending on your interests and goals. Here are some ideas:
Rabbits can provide a variety of opportunities, including companionship, showing, breeding, meat production, fur harvesting, and animal-assisted therapy. Whatever your interests and goals, there is likely a way to incorporate rabbits into your life in a meaningful and rewarding way. Read more about why we chose to have a Garden Bunny in this post!
We prefer to have our bunny poop right into the straw bedding, so we can use this in our garden, but if your bunny is strictly indoors, you can train your bunny to go in a little box. To encourage them to use it, place some of their droppings in the litter box and cover it with a small amount of litter. Whenever you see your bunny use the litter box, praise and reward them with a treat or some extra playtime.
When it comes to bunny care, they can be prone to gut stasis, respiratory infections, dental problems, flystrike, E.cuniculi and Myxomatosis. The more time you spend with your bunny, the better acquainted you’ll be with normal and unusual behaviors. If something seems off, it probably is. Best to visit with a Vet if you have questions about your bunny’s health.
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