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Old 04-04-2012, 01:57 AM
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If the rabbit is kicking, you're holding it wrong. Some years I handled thousands of different rabbits of all size, shapes, coat types, etc. The relative number of scratches and bites were pretty low compared to my guinea pigs who always seemed to scratch my wrists when I was picking them up. . Most of my scratches involved trying to clip nails by myself and the couple bites were from pestering a doe or two I should have just left the hell alone.

I had a flemish as a pseudo show/pet for a few years. Albert was a nice rabbit - except for his taste for cotton t shirts. They can suffer from confo problems. I would pay close attention to the structure of the hind legs and watch for cow hocks or rabbits not tracking straight.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:55 AM
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I had a flemish giant house rabbit. She was awesome. She lived in a giant wire dog kennel, was potty trained, and basically roamed free except at night and when nobody was home.

She was unspayed and pretty... feisty. lol. She'd chase our foster dogs and cuss at them. And cuss at us too when it was time to be put up for the night. She never liked being picked up but never scratched me. She was totally my buddy though. She liked coming over to me if I sat down somewhere to read or whatever and just lay next to me on my chair or the couch while I petted her. And every morning we'd split a banana, and eat it next to each other on the couch. She was way more like having a somewhat crabby cat than having a giant bunny.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:43 AM
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There seems to be a large variety in sizes when it comes to rabbit hutches/cages. How much space is needed per rabbit?...
As someone has already stated, the size of the cage depends on the size of the rabbit. Shaker's breeder has some pretty good basic rabbit info on her website. If the link doesn't take you right to the page, click on General Care Information on the left. http://www.angelfire.com/nj/triplecreekrabbits/

Shaker's cage was originally 24x24x18 (I think 18" high). A couple of years after we got him, I bought another cage the same size, cut half of the floor out of the original cage, and stacked them.


More times often then not now, I also have an Xpen attached to the front of the cage, too. Really the pen is except when we're going to use the foosball table, which isn't very often.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:11 AM
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If the rabbit is kicking, you're holding it wrong.
Yeah.. I've heard that before, and it simply isn't true. Maybe because I've had preowned rabbits, but I've had plenty of rabbits being held with full support of fore and hindquarters and they still kick and struggle. I've had rabbits in soft carriers that are fine and then spontaneously scramble/jump out the top. When they want down, they want down.
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I had a flemish giant house rabbit. She was awesome. She lived in a giant wire dog kennel, was potty trained, and basically roamed free except at night and when nobody was home.
There is a girl who works in my company who breeds Flemish Giants. She recently moved into a room for college, and she brought her favorite male along and that is where he stays. A huge dog crate when she is at work or class. He is SUCH a cool guy.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:42 PM
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Yeah.. I've heard that before, and it simply isn't true. Maybe because I've had preowned rabbits, but I've had plenty of rabbits being held with full support of fore and hindquarters and they still kick and struggle. I've had rabbits in soft carriers that are fine and then spontaneously scramble/jump out the top. When they want down, they want down.
Are you tucking head and ears? I mean I've had minimally handled pre-owned rabbits before and rarely had any trouble...and for some of those I was 9 years old with 10+ lb rabbits...
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:06 PM
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Usually with the head sort of between my upper arm and body. I'm not saying that I have constant problems... when I was 10-ish I used to carry about 5 or 6 bunnies stacked (no, not a good idea looking back on it) without any problems. But I've certainly had rabbits that were being held properly scramble.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:19 PM
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Mine never lived long. One got cancer and another broke a leg throwing itself into the cage because it was scared when our siding got put on. This was all when I was younger. But my step sister got one that my dad got attached to and it lived over ten years. Started as freckles and my dad renamed it buckshot after it survived a dog attack getting half it's leg chewed off and my dad shooting the dog just assuming the bunny was dead. That rabbit had a ton of personality. Came from a pet shop which I don't suggest but lived much longer than mine! Look into the 4-H kids because they are really into breeding good bunnies.
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missed free easter bunnies by an hour yesterday. in about a week the wave of giveaways should start.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:09 AM
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I had a rabbit once. Mr. Velvetears. Yes, that was a play on Mr. Belvedere. My brother and his friend won him at the state fair ( ), and they were planning on cooking this poor little albino thing. I paid them each $10 to give me the rabbit and leave us alone.

He was with me for about 2 years. And they were some good years. He was very personable and very snuggly, although he did have his moments with people other than me. Tragically, he escaped his hutch one night at that was the second to last time we saw him. The last time was when I had to clean up white fur out of the dog house at the back of the property. (Oh, those vicious labradors.)

I was at a farm supply last week, and of course they had all the cutsie "Easter bunnies" in a giant pen. Of course I had to stop and bend over to check them out, but what surprised me was how the all rushed to see me and were trying to get to me! I've never seen rabbits that interested in a human before. I wish I could've saved them all, but now is not the time to add a rabbit to my chaos. lol
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