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Old 04-01-2012, 06:09 PM
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SarahHound has bunnies, and I believe they live outside... hopefully she'll be able to pop in and give you some tips
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:39 PM
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I have two bunnies. It's kind-of funny how we got them. The mom, Alice, is actually a stray. My hubby was driving to work one morning (running late too) when he noticed a white rabbit hopping alongside the road. He thought, "wild rabbits are not white" and pulled over. Sure enough it was completely tame and let him pick it up. He took it to work in a box all day and brought it home. We listed it as "found", but no-one responded. So, the rabbit remained.

In the meantime I checked the bunny to figure out if it was a boy or a girl - girl of course. And being a girl... pregnant. So, a few weeks later we had baby bunnies. There were four of them, two boys and two girls. When they were old enough to wean I advertised them and sold all but one (female) who we named Dinah (Alice in Wonderland's cat). So now both bunnies are here to stay. They are both super friendly. Dinah of course was well handled since birth, but Alice herself is a fantastic bunny. No idea why anyone would dump her But she's got a happy home now.

No idea as to breed, but they are not quite dwarf, but definitely small. Both go on harnesses and leashes for grazing in the yard. I'd like to set up a hutch for outside in good weather, but generally they live in.

I think the key is to find a bunny who has been VERY well handled young. It's no fun having a rabbit who is afraid or who bites. Also, look into "rabbit hopping". No one does it locally, but there are clubs all over. It's basically rabbit agility


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My absolute favorite pic - I really lucked out on this one. This was also my kids' favorite baby (female) but also the first to sell.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:52 PM
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I had a rabbit growing up. Just a pet, no showing, but she was a really fun girl. I got her from the pet store (tsk tsk, I know), and she was labelled as a holland lop. She was a larger bunny at about 8 pounds or so, and had a gorgeous orange coat and the softest floppy ears.
She was fully litter trained and had full run of the kitchen when we were home to supervise. She also had an outdoor x-pen type cage with a mesh top that she ADORED in the spring and summer months. We had to move the pen every month though because she would eat and tear up the grass. She was only truly fond of me, anyone else she ignored or nibbled. When she was displeased, she would thump and grunt...but she usually only did that if we opened the fridge and didn't give her any treats!
She passed away at the age of 8. No sign of illness or anything, so we guess she died of a heart attack or something.

I think with a really great hutch (like Sarahhound has), bunnies can be very happy outdoors, but I think they thrive indoors with lots of interaction and space to play and binky.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:54 PM
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My absolute favorite pic - I really lucked out on this one. This was also my kids' favorite baby (female) but also the first to sell.
That bunny never would have left my home...
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:01 PM
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Has anyone had any experience with mini rex rabbits?
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:14 PM
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Has anyone had any experience with mini rex rabbits?
I owned two and showed them, though my main show breed was Californians. What do you want to know about them?
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:21 PM
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That bunny never would have left my home...
Initially I'd not planned to keep more than one bunny - if someone had wanted the mom I'd have let her go too. I have so many critters But yes, sadly that was the popular bunny - her colour really was attractive. The other three babies were all black, one with a white foot, the other two unmarked (told apart mostly by size as one was a touch smaller - and gender, not that I wanted to check that every time to tell them apart ) I kinda miss the other babies, but I did my best to find them good homes.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:38 PM
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Rabbit showing for non 4Hers and even some 4Hers isn't really like dog/cat showing and is more like livestock showing. It's possible to get a nice rabbit and it might even be good enough to get a champion cert, but the show life of most breeds of rabbits is fairly limited. Most of mine were finished by 2 -3 years old and retired to the barn to breed the next generation. Most purebred rabbits are not registered unless they have enough legs (think of them like award points) to earn their championship certificate.

The breeds I worked with when I had them.
Netherland dwarf
Dwarf Hotot
britannia petites
Standard rex - by far my favorite rabbit breed
californian
champagne de argent
all the lop breeds except french lop
Flemish Giant
Checkered Giants
I have experience with dutch, jersey woolies, harlequins, new zealands, although they did belong to someone else.

As far as pets - ime neutered bucks made the best pets. Unneutered bucks while friendly most of the time do spray and are a little bit gross as only boys can be I always found the females to be slightly prone to aggression once they became sexually mature. I had several who were downright vicious unless they were pregnant.
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I don't know much about bunnies, but Freehold's bunnies are the friendliest little critters I have ever met. They stand at the cage (like puppies) for attention, and love to be held and cuddled.

Sadly JRTs and bunnies would be a bad, bad combo!
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Has anyone had any experience with mini rex rabbits?
Funny you mentioned Mini Rexes- that's what I was going to suggest. They're really sweet. At least all the ones my mother had and the two I've had have been (Mom used to show them) They come in a huge variety of colors. After their personality, the best thing about them is their super soft, velvety coat. They're a nice size, too.

Rabbits can live in outdoor hutches, but you have to take a couple of things into consideration. One being neighborhood dogs, wildlife, etc. It's not unheard of for them to get into a rabbit hutch. Another thing to think of- rabbits do better in the cold, provided they are kept dry and out of the wind. Wrapping the sides of the cage will accomplish that (not the top or bottom, tho). However, rabbits not tolerate heat real well. My rabbit is on our closed in porch. In the summer I have a box fan I turn on for him. I also have a Chin Chiller, and soda bottles of frozen water for him to lay on/against, and another box fan we hang in a window to draw the hot air outside.

There's a wonderful annual publication called Rabbits USA. As far as housing goes, it's aimed at house rabbits. But it's full of other great information on rabbit care and health.

Some links you might find helpful:
American Rabbit Breeders Association (the "AKC" of the rabbit world. LOL)
http://www.arba.net/

National Mini Rex Rabbit Club
http://www.nmrrc.net/

Oh, and just because I love showing him off, my rabbit, Shaker. This one was taken in the spring of 2006, when he was 3.



This one was taken the summer of 2010 (he was 7). I have the xpen attached to the front of his cage almost all the time now. That grey thing on the floor is the Chin Chiller.


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