Bumblebee Acres Farm
English Angora~Satin Angora~Lionhead
Rabbit & Grooming Care
Housing for your new bunny:
~Inside cages, with wire bottom and drop pan.
We like size 30X24. They afford the bunny plenty of room to stretch out and hop around.
~Outdoor hutches are good too.
Make sure that they have 3 enclosed sides to avoid your bunny being in a draft or wind at any given time. Good ventilation is a must so wire bottom and at least one full side of wire mesh.
Keep the hutch in deep shade during the warmer months to avoid heat stress.
The angora and Lionhead breed can survive quite happy outside in the winter. The Angora can withstand up to -30 degrees. It's the summer heat that can be a killer. Temps going above 80 degrees (especially if humid) pose a life threatening risk. During summer it is a good idea to clip your bunny's coat off, make sure their home is not in direct sun, and make sure to provide plenty of cool water. Frozen soda bottles added to the cage are also good---the bunny can lie next to it and get some relief from the heat. Heat stress in a bunny looks like this; a stretched out bunny, labored breathing, and the nose and mouth membranes are inflamed bright red. Immediate attention is a must. Bringing a bunny indoors in extremely hot weather is a very good idea. It should also be understood that extreme temperature increases in a bunny's living environment is not good. So avoid going from air conditioned conditions to back out into high temps.
Bumblebee Acres bunnies are indoors and are used to ideal temps from 50-75 degrees
all year round.
Your Bunny's Diet:
Here at Bumblebee Acres we feed a mix of the two feeds pictured above, Purina Show Rabbit (found at Tractor Supply) and Agrimaster Rabbit feed (found at Farm & Fleet). Your bunny will come with a small bag of food to start you off with. If you decide to change over to a different feed than do so gradually over a 5-7 day period.
~Hay, Hay, Hay!
Feed a handful of Timothy or good grass hay everyday, or at least every other day.
No extra treats until your bunny is about 6 months old. At that point feed only small amounts of treats; small piece of apple, banana, or carrot.
Hand picked clover is a favorite of our bunnies here at the farm.
Fresh water is essential for the health of your bunny. Your bunny should have access to water at all times. We prefer using water bottles to crocks. It keeps the water clean, is impossible to spill, keeps wool around face clean and dry,and is easy to monitor how much water your bunny is consuming each day (something that is very important to keep track of---when a bunny isn't drinking that is a warning sign that something is wrong).
~The Dreaded Wool block
Wool block is a condition where wool becomes lodged in the rabbit's stomach and becomes an impassable mass. A rabbit with wool block will not eat or drink much if anything. It is very important to watch for signs of wool block as it is a serious condition that can lead to a painful death. Watching for the signs involves watching your bunny's droppings (poop) from day to day.
A healthy bunny has large, round, somewhat glossy droppings. If you notice your bunny's poop start to become smaller, drier, oddly shaped, or starting to form"necklaces" (necklaces are strings of poop and wool that looks like a strand of pearls) than your bunny is starting to become wool blocked. If we notice any poop changes in our rabbits like the ones mentioned we start to monitor the bunny very close by providing more hay, less pellets, and making sure they are drinking a good amount of water. Generally you will start to see a move towards more normal poop over the next few days. If however you start to see the condition of the poop worsen and or the bunny is not eating or drinking then it is time to take some serious action. These are the steps we take to try and turn things around. These are tips we use here at Bumblebee Acres and have good success with, we are not saying that this will save every bunny---we are just trying to give people some ideas on what they could do. If you are unsure please take your bunny to your veterinarian.
Day 1: Clip coat off.
Stop feeding pelleted feed and offer lots and lots of hay, watch water consumption.
Feed 2-3 3cc oral syringe of mineral or olive oil.
Feed 2-3 3cc oral syringe of green vegetable baby food (the very pureed type).
Day 2: repeat day 1.
Check to see if your bunny has passed any poop.
Day 3: repeat day 1.
Again checking on changes of the poop. You should start seeing more poop in the bunny's drop pan. If there is no change a trip to the vet is definitely in order.
Grooming your bunny:
More info to come!