1. Cage – My number one choice would be a pet pen. These can be purchased on Amazon for around $35. You can use a mattress pad under a blanket to keep your floor safe and then set it up just like a cage. It gives them more space and is also easier to pick the bunny up. As far as a cage goes I highly recommend one with a pull out tray with a wire bottom vs. a plastic bottom. Please see my Bunny Supply page for links to different cages I recommend.
2. Litter box – I recommend the one for kittens or a dish pan.
3. Litter for litter box – Pine or paper pellets. Tractor Supply has a horse bedding pine pellet that works great. They are about $5.98 for a 40 lb bag.
4. Litter for pull out tray – You can use the horse bedding pellets or pine or aspen shavings. These are the cheapest route and what I have experience with using but other bedding is fine other than cedar shavings.
5. Water bowl or bottle - Your bunny currently drinks from a bowl and doesn't know how to drink from a bottle yet.
6. Food bowl – A ceramic crock works great because they can’t tip it over. Or one of the ones that attach to cage.
7. Food – I highly recommend not switching their food until they are 4 months old. I sell great food here for your convenience for $10 for a 2 gallon bag. See Food section for more info.
8. Hay – Timothy or Orchard. I recommend buying from a farmer. It’s a lot less expensive. I also sell for $10 for a 13 gallon bag full.
9. Wooden toys – this helps with the growth of their teeth and helps with boredom.
10. Cage mat or bed – If they have a wire bottom cage they need something to get off the wire.
11. Hay sack - to hold they hay in. We sell them here
We sell a lot of these supplies at Misty Blue’s….. http://www.mistybluesbunnies.com/store/c13/Bunny_Supplies_%26_More.html
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What do I feed my bunny?
- Rabbit Food:
- Dwarf sized bunnies - We feed our baby bunnies ½ cup of food per day and our adult bunnies we feed ¾ cup per day.
- Mini Lop bunnies – ½ cup more as adults
- English Lops – 1 cup more as adults. They also need an extra source of protein like black oil sunflower seeds or calf manna sold at Tractor Supply. This can be mixed in with the food and no more than a tsp per day.
- Hay: Timothy or Orchard Hay. Hay should be available at least 3 days per week. This helps with digestion and with their teeth. I recommend just keeping the hay rack filled.
- Vegetables & Fruits: See the list attached. Can be fed 1 cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day after they are 4 months old. They can also have some fruits but very sparingly. Rabbits do not have to have veggies to live a long healthy life. Think of these as treats. All the vitamins and protein is in the pellets they eat. When introducing fruits and veggies introduce them slowly and a very little bit at first.
- Please do not feed your bunny rabbit food with colorful pieces or nuts mixed in. These brands do not give your bunny the right balance of protein and fiber. Instead is giving them sugar and fillers.
- Dry Old Fashion Oats is great to mix in their food or just to give as treats as often as you would like. Oats help with digestion and great to give them if they have soft stool or aren’t eating. Add 1 tsp to the top of their food.
- Black Oil Sunflower Seeds is also great to mix in with food or give as a treat after 4 months (5-10 seeds). It’s great for their fur and also helps produce milk in nursing momma bunnies.
DO NOT FEED YOUR BUNNY ANYTHING OTHER THAN PELLETS AND HAY FOR THE FIRST 4 MONTHS
- Your bunny is used to the filet minion of all bunny foods. I highly recommend not changing your bunny’s food. We show our bunnies, so we have to have top quality food to ensure a nice shiny coat among many other things. We have used Blue Seal Show Hutch Deluxe for 4 years now. It’s used by most show breeders as it is very high in protein (17%), fiber and even has yucca in it to help with the urine odor. It has been wonderful. We sell and can also ship to you for your convenience. Please be aware that if you try to change to another food your bunny may refuse to eat which can cause serious issues. If you switch to a lower protein you’re your bunny may molt. Please do not let the bunny go for more than 24 hours without eating.
More About Feeding Your Bunny
- I sell 2 gallon zip lock bags of food for $10 and can also ship them (shipping is $9.50). This will last one 4 lb bunny 4 months. I sell hay for $10 in a 13 gallon trash bag. It’s fresh hay from a local farmer and the bunnies LOVE it!!
- Store the feed and hay in an air tight container.
- Fact: Obesity is common in pet rabbits, and excessive amounts of food should be avoided.
- Your bunny will occasionally pass odd shaped stools called cecotropes (below) that are sometimes eaten (a process called coprophagia). This supplies the rabbit with most of its vitamin B requirement, it also contains healthy bacteria that the rabbit needs to digest food helping prevent diarrhea. I know this sounds gross but it’s a rabbit’s nature. You will probably never see your bunny do this.
- If droppings are runny and or the rabbit is not eating find out why. Feed the rabbit only timothy hay & dry old fashion oats for a day. If it still doesn’t look right call your vet. If it’s very runny call the vet right away.
- Rabbits are not able to vomit so when they have an upset stomach they can die. It’s very important to try to stick with the same food and try to feed the same time each day.
- Jersey Woolies sometimes need some extra help with digesting hair balls or they can get what is called wool block. You can help by giving them treats weekly called papaya enzyme tablets, fresh papaya, or fresh pineapple.
- Water: Make sure the rabbit has clean cool water at all times. You can mix ¼ cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar “with mother” in each water bottle or bowl. It helps with so many things such as keeping their immune system up, preventing urinary tract infections and bladder sludge. It also promotes a less potent urine therefore reducing the smell. It also keeps the rabbits body ph balanced, clearing up skin conditions and infections. Also helps with weepy eyes and other eye issues. It also helps keep your rabbits fur softer and shinier. It also helps with any types of GI tract issues and with the whole digestive process. It also makes rabbits unattractive to worms, fleas and mites. You will see a difference in your bunny within 4 weeks.
IF YOUR BUNNY HAS DIARRHEA, LOOKS VERY BLOATED AND/OR NOT EATING OR DOING #2 TAKE HIM TO THE VET ASAP
- Rabbits love toys to play around with. Here are recommended toys: toilet paper roll stuffed with hay, cat toy balls, sticks from a fruit tree pine cones, wood toys. The toys that are a must is the wood toys. These help keep your bunnies teeth filed down and also helps keep them from chewing on things they shouldn’t be chewing on.
- Your bunny needs a cage that is at least 24” by 24” and a 24” by 30” for 2 bunnies but of course the bigger the better! I highly recommend 2 types of cages. My first choice would be a pet play pen which can be bought from Amazon for $39.99 for the small and $89.00 for the large (panel). My 2nd choice would be one with a pull out tray with a wire bottom vs. a plastic bottom. Tractor Supply has them for around $40 and Walmart online has them also for the same price. My very least choice would be a plastic bottom cage. They are hard to clean and can be very messy. I have links to cages I recommend on my website under Bunny Supplies.
- Bunnies need a mat or bed to lay on if living in a wire type cage.
Can I litter train my bunny?
Yes, bunnies can easily be litter trained. Putting their hay rack above the litter box helps with the training. Bunnies typically do #2 while eating their hay. Here are some great videos for litter training….
- Be sure to clip its nails regularly. There are videos on YouTube how to clip rabbit’s toenails.
- If it’s a long haired bunny they need to be brushed. It’s best to brush them at least once a week. If it’s a super fluffy bunny you will probably need to trim its bum hair regularly. Another tip is if you have a fluffy bunny don’t use wood shavings for the litter box because it gets caught in their hair and causes mats. You can use horse pellets instead.
- Make sure you handle your rabbit correctly. Always support its hind feet. When picking him or her up scoop underneath him to support his bottom.
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Does my bunny need regular vet visits?
It’s totally up to you. When a bunny is sick it should be very obvious. The first sign is they stop eating.
Do rabbits need regular vaccinations?
No, at this time there are no bunny vaccines available.
What are some reasons I would need to take my bunny to the vet?
- Stops eating
- White mucus coming from the nose
- Hunched up in corner of cage or being lethargic
- He or she looks bloated and not eating or pooping
- Not pooping
My bunny’s urine is red/orange, what should I do?
This is typically normal for bunnies. It’s caused from the hay. The more they eat sometimes the more orange their urine is. If you are concerned you can take the hay away for a few days and see if the red goes away.
Does your bunny need spayed or neutered?
I recommend spay and neutering. Also, if you are getting more than one bunny you may have to.
Facts you should know about spay/neutering:
- Rabbits are induced ovulators, which occurs only after sexual activity has occurred. Rabbits do not “go into heat” in the standard dog or cat sense.
- Rabbits can become pregnant immediately after giving birth. With a gestation period of about 30 days, one female can produce as many as 12 litters per year.
- Reduces aggression against other animals, decreasing fights, thus saving expensive veterinary bills and aggravation.
- Male bunnies can possibly spray and may hump things like stuffed animals or even your arm. Neutering will fix those problems.
Here are the local bunny vets that I recommend….
Mallard Creek Animal Hospital – Dr. Fluek
2110 Ben Craig Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262
Spay is around $200 and Neuter $160
Crossroads Animal Hospital (Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
3604 Dallas High Shoals Hwy Dallas, NC 28034
Spay is $105 Neuter $85 $20 Deposit up front
Carolina Vetrinary Specialists – Dr. Powers
She is the very best when it comes to illnesses with bunnies but pricey on spay and neuters. Sweetest Vet I know. Highly recommend!
12117 Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Vegetables & Treats
Rabbits have a sweet tooth. They can be fed several types of treats, but should be limited to small portions two or three times a week. Never feed treats that have been treated with chemical fertilizer or pesticides. Rabbits under 6 months should not be fed any of these items. After 6 months or when trying a new treat watch the rabbit’s droppings to ensure they stay solid. Below is a list of items you can and cannot feed your rabbit.
- Apples (no seeds)
- Pears (no seeds)
- Carrot Tops & Leaves
- Mustard Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Potato Peels
- Collard Greens
- Lettuce – Romaine or dark leaf (no iceburg)
- Apple Seeds
- Apricot Pits
- Asparagus Fern
- Bleeding Heart
- Cherry Pits
- Creeping Charlie
- Daffodil Bulbs
- Hyacinth Bulbs
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Lily of the Valley
- Peach Pits
- Pear Seeds
- Plum Pits
- Rhubarb Leaves
- Skunk Cabbage
- Tomato Leaves
Misty Blue’s Bunnies
- All of our rabbits will be healthy to the best of our knowledge at the time of sale.
- We will not sell any rabbit showing outward signs of infection, sore hocks, snuffles or any other visible illness.
- We handle our rabbits on a daily basis. As such all of our rabbits have good temperament. We will not sell any animal that shows signs of aggression or biting
- We will not issue refunds on bunnies because we cannot predict the care that they receive after it leaves our establishment and what germs or sick animals it may be exposed to.
- The sex of your rabbit is not guaranteed.
- All pet bunnies sold by Misty Blue’s Bunnies will include a Rabbit Care Information
- Each pet bunny will be sold with a starter bag of food.
- You can receive free advice on any rabbit you purchase by phone, text or emailing us at email@example.com.
- The animals we have listed as show or breeding stock are animals we believe would have qualities that would be useful in a breeding or showing program.
- Any known faults or disqualifications are clearly listed on our for sale page.
- Every judge and every breeding is different and we cannot guarantee the results of your showing or breeding any rabbit purchased from us
- All show and breeding quality stock will be sold with a complete pedigree.
- We require a non-refundable $40 deposit on any rabbit you desire to purchase.
- Bunnies can be held on your behalf for a maximum of 1 week after weaning.
- Unless prior arrangements have been made, any bunny not picked up in one week after bunny is ready it will be relisted as for sale on our sale page, and your deposit will be forfeited.
- The balance will be due at the time of pickup in either cash or credit card.
BLUE SEAL SHOW HUTCH DELUXE®
Extruded Rabbit Feed
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Show Hutch Deluxe® extruded rabbit feed is a highly fortified and highly digestible feed for all rabbit categories. The extruded feed is ideal for show rabbitries looking for the very best. Note: Extruded feed is bulkier and lighter than pellets and needs to be fed by weight, not volume. Available in 50-lb bags.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Extruded Nuggets - The extrusion process improves feed digestibility and nutrient utilization. This high quality extruded form slows the rate of feed intake and reduces fines in the feed resulting in reduced digestive and respiratory disorders.
Papaya - Aids in reducing gastrointestinal disorders related to hairballs.
Fixed Components - A consistent formula using only the highest quality ingredients to prevent sudden changes in the diet and to improve digestive health and function.
Chelated Trace Minerals - The greater absorption and utilization of zinc, copper, and manganese helps to promote optimum bone, muscle, and tissue confirmation in show rabbits. The more biologically available organic trace minerals sustain the immune system, maintaining overall health in stressed show rabbits.
MosPlus™ - Supports the presence of beneficial bacteria and helps stabilize the rabbit’s sensitive digestive tract, ultimately promoting good animal health. Yeast Culture - Supports a healthy, functional microbial fermentation in the rabbit cecum and colon, promoting fiber digestion.
Crude Protein, Min.............................................................................. 17.0%
Crude Fat, Min......................................................................................... 3.0%
Crude Fiber, Min.................................................................................. 15.0%
Crude Fiber, Max ................................................................................. 19.0%
Calcium (Ca), Min. .................................................................................. 0.7%
Calcium (Ca), Max................................................................................... 1.2%
Phosphorus (P), Min ........................................................................... 0.50%
Salt (NaCl), Min..................................................................................... 0.25%
Salt (NaCl), Max .................................................................................... 0.75%
Vitamin A, Min............................................................................. 5,000 IU/lb
Just in case you didn’t know, we sell more than bunnies at Misty Blue’s Farm!
We also sell…
- Sugar Gliders
- Fancy Chickens
Go to www.mistybluesfarm.com