How To Start Caring For Rabbits
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How To Start Caring For Rabbits


Hi. My name’s Marie, and I’m from the small
animal department at Wood Green Animal Shelters, and today I’m going to show you how to begin
caring for your rabbits. When you’re first considering owning rabbits, it’s really important
that you can consider that you can provide everything that they’re going to need. They are going to live for up to ten years,
so it’s really important that you can provide their accommodation, you can help keep them
healthy, and you can provide the right diet for them. Rabbits should be kept as pairs.
They really should be kept as a castrated male, and a neutered female, as you can see
here. Here we have a castrated male sitting on the
hutch, and the female dwarf lop on the floor. Rabbits really need companionship, and actually
in the wild, they would live in large groups. And they really depend on each other for companionship,
but also for security reasons. Because they’re a prey animal, they depend
on others to keep an eye out for them and alert them to danger. Another consideration
is the accommodation. You need to be able to provide a spacious hutch and a run. A hutch is not enough. They really must have
access 24/7 to a large run. Ideally this should be around ten feet, and a hutch around five
feet. As you can see in here, the hutch door is
open so they can choose to go in and out for them. You’ll also need to be able to find
the correct diet. Hay should make up around 80% of the rabbits’ diet, so they should have
it everywhere. As you can see in here, they’ve got it in
paper bags, they’ve got it in litter trays, in hanging baskets, and even in the little
sleepy hidey holes. It should be everywhere, and really encourage them to feed on that.
Straw is not suitable for them, and it doesn’t provide you with enough nutrition, so it must
be really good quality green hay. The other part of their diet would be all
sorts of different types of plants. So they should be out in the grass grazing every day,
and they should have a selection of other plants mixed in there. So they can have bramble
leaves, they can have all different types of herbs, and they can have all sorts of garden
flowers as well. The other part would also be the feed: the
dry mix. It’s really important that you do feed them a dry pellet feed, and only a small
handful once a day. This really shouldn’t be overfed, and just a small handful either
scattered in a bowl, scattered around the hutch or in a bowl. Usually mixes are not good for rabbits, and
they’re really bad for their dental issues, so please make sure that you do go for plain
pellet feed, as it is located in the bowl. You’ll also need a clean bottle, and it’s
a good idea to have a couple of bottles, in case of any damages to them, so you’ve always
got one to replace regularly, and this can be located on the hutch. The most important
thing you need to consider is how you’re going to afford their health care. Rabbits require two vaccinations twice a year.
This is a Myxomatosis vaccination, which should be done every six months, and a VHD vaccination,
which is once a year. They also require worming, and this should be done every three months,
through your vet practice. Along with this should be a weekly health
check that you and your family can do together. This should include nail clipping, checking
for any lumps and bumps, and checking that their coat and their skin is in a healthy
condition. It’s really important that you, as the owners, that you can spot any problems
straight away, as you’re the people who are going to be with them every day. So you can hopefully find something straight
away and take them straight to the vet’s to ensure they’re treated correctly. .

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39 thoughts on “How To Start Caring For Rabbits

  1. is it ok if the bunnies are in there cage at night but then at day when i come from school can i let them run all they want in my backyard but supervised?

  2. As long as they are supervised carefully and there is no threats (dogs, cats, large birds etc) That can get to them I don't see a problem. Also try to make sure it doesn't eat anything its not supposed while roaming around. It can cause serious illness and even death. Hope I helped

  3. Hi, my rabbit has an over grown tooth that looks like it will grow up into her nose.Can u tell me how 2 deal with this?
    I would truly be grateful : )
    Many Blessings & Joyous Holiday 2 U & U'rs,
    Michelle Littleowl

  4. Hi there, when I try to get my rabbit to come inside, it keeps running away! Could you please help me out? Also, what kind of rabbits are yours?

  5. Umm hi I am from the Philippines so there is no hay here, so is it ok to just give it some leaves, pellets and carrots/vegetables? Please reply I'm scared my rabbit will die.

  6. @baba hay is about 80% of their diet try to order it of online and yes it is ok to keep a rabbit by their selvles most of them are like that

  7. My doe recently gave birth to a single kit. I was wondering that if the kit turns out to be a female, would it be possible to keep her with the mother full time?

  8. i have one rabbit, it's alright as long as you give it LOTS of attention. my rabbit is litter trained and he roams the house. keeping rabbits in cages is not ideal, they need to run! if your bunny isn't running, that's an issue

  9. i really recommend ordering hay from somewhere. feed it lots of GREENS, carrots should be given as treats only.

  10. What type of rabbit is the grey one? Mine looks exactly like it and i wanna know whats the name of it. Please tell me ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I'm Getting a bunny soon, And i'm loading my brain on bunny and rabbit facts to make my new pal happy and healthy. But what I was wondering, Is it safe for a rabbit to live in a hutch outdoors? The rabbit i'm giving grew up outside, So would it be safe in my thought. I live in a neighborhood, Where it is really rare to see a wild animal, Mostly squirrels and mice. Please reply with your best information ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Same with me, Im getting a Mini Lop soon, and im keeping her in a hutch in my backyard. Should be fine, just if you let him/her out in the backyard, make sure there is no holes in the fence..etc

  13. Hay is essentially dried grasses. So you should have that where you are but if you are unsure it would be easy to find a good and honest supplier. I'm quite lucky we can produce our own whenever my dad mows the lawn.

  14. Can you show us how to make a run for rabbits in your back garden.๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ

  15. You should not have rabbits drinking out of bottles as it does not replicate there natural environment when they would be drinking out of ponds puddle streams lakes and such it is very bad for them and they usually can't get enough water at anyone time a bottle just does not supply enough water or in the right way!

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