Bunny Questions

Fishlover245735

Hey guys! I have been looking at buying a bunny for a while and I ave decided I want a holland lop! I have been looking for a shelter holland lop and have only been able to find 1. He is in Billings, Montana. I will attach a link for him at the bottom. I also found a breeder,Shamrock Rabbits in Billings, Mt. Do you guys know of any other holland lop breeders in Montana? Also could you look at the website for Shamrock Rabbits and tel me if you think it looks reliable? Thanks!

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Mongo75

Are you really set on the Holland Lop? Nothing against the rescues, they're great, but just like dogs and cats, IMHO, adopting from a local shelter is more humane.

Just my $.02
 

Fishtine

We recently adopted from the House Rabbit Society. Check if there's a local chapter. They let you foster for a month first to be sure, and the adoption fee in my state ($70) is only a tiny fraction of what it would cost to spay or neuter a rabbit at a private vet. (And you definitely need to get them fixed, they will live over twice as long.) Ours is mix, one ear up one down, with a short face like a Holland Lop. She's super cute and quirky.
 

Fishlover245735

I’m really set on a Holland lop..... The breeder I told you guys about earlier has an 8 week old fuzzy lop for sale. She is a doe, he said she is very sweet but has fairly long hair. I texted him and may pick her up this week!
 

Fishtine

I’m really set on a Holland lop..... The breeder I told you guys about earlier has an 8 week old fuzzy lop for sale. She is a doe, he said she is very sweet but has fairly long hair. I texted him and may pick her up this week!

Just make sure you budget the vet care she'll need and are aware of grooming and indoor housing requirements. Baby bunnies are incredibly cute but grow incredibly fast. We determined we would have spent at least $500 to get the vet care the shelter covered. But if you still decide on a baby, please share pictures!
 

Fishlover245735

Yes thanks! We already have all indoor housing cover and supplies. The most expensive bill is probably going to be the spaying which is around $70 in my area! The bunny is also $70...

Here is a pic of her!

Sounds like I will be picking her up tomorrow!!! Is there any advice you guys could give me or information I should know about bunnies? I got alfalfa hay today and still need to buy pellets for her. When/ what veggies should I give her (some people say none but others say 1-2 times a week?) Also what grooming supplies do you use?Thanks!
 

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Fishtine

She's so cute, congrats! We watched all the House Rabbit Society videos and it made me feel prepared: Adopting a Rabbit - YouTube
 

Fishlover245735

Hello again! Does anyone have experience using essential oils with bunnies? I have read a ton of articles with people saying they use lavender essential oil in a diffuser to help with stressed rabbits? Just wondering... Thanks!
 

Fishtine

I wouldn't. Unfamiliar strong odors are more likely to be scary. Maybe try a rag or towel that smells like her mommy? That often helps puppies. I think it's best to avoid strong odors with rabbits; I know they say to avoid cedar oils and scented litters.
 

BottomDweller

Could I suggest getting a pair? Rabbits are social animals and generally do best in pairs or groups.
 

saltwater60

Timothy hey is best. Alfalfa is not recommended for rabbits.
I too would avoid the essential oils. Respiratory issue and stress as mentioned above.
About veggies go slow and we buy an organic spring mix ours all like. Look up what is safe and what is not food wise. You’d be surprised by what is not safe. Adding a bit of veggies to start so they don’t get diarrhea. Get the bunny some toys and a shelter. They don’t like to be wide open.

Also with the spay $70.00 seems very cheap. Ours was $330 for a male and they are easier. Just make sure it’s someone who is familiar with spaying rabbits. If it’s a cat or dog vet doing the spray it’s a 50/50 survival rate generally.
 

Fishlover245735

Yes. I was weary about the price of spaying and asked how many bunnies they spay a year. The lady told me they generally have around 2-4 bunnies every week to get spayed and neutered.

Here’s a few pics of her! I was planning on taking her out of her cage after a couple of days but she seemed to want out. I open her cage and took her out and she is now doing binkies around my room. I was wondering when I should start grooming her? She is starting to get a few mats but she still doesn’t want to come over to me or let me pet her very much yet....
 

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saltwater60

Adorable. Nice cages set up for her as well.
Get some toys and a litter box. They will actually play with toys a good bit.
 

Fishlover245735

She does have a litter box it’s just on the other end of the cage . Thanks for reminding me about the toys! I am going to make some and order some online!
 

saltwater60

Ours lo love balls with jingles in it and little hidy hits made out of willow and straw. We also make something called bunstations that they love. We volunteer at a rabbit rescue.

Here’s our rabbits toys. They love them all. Some love books, cardboard boxes, or packing paper. We avoid colored inks.
I think the lady that makes the bunstations ships them unassembled. All 5 of ours love them.
 

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Fishlover245735

Ooh, I love that “bunstation”! I think that would be fairly easy to diy so I may try that soon. Do you have any brands/companies you buy your bunnies toys from?
 

saltwater60

Wow. My wife takes care if that stuff. She mainly cares for the fluffy critters and I care for the wet ones and scaly ones. She buys them from pet smart or amazon.
we mainly get oxbow stuff. Those woven mats and round houses are made by oxbow.
Yes the bun stations are easy to make. You certainly don’t need the rabbit thing on top. The colored wood blocks are just natural pine with natural food coloring to make them look pretty.
 

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