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
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 rack - Google "hay rack DIY" there are all kinds of ideas out there to make your own
I sell bunny starter kits which include a lot of the the things above. (please see Bunny Supplies & More on the first page of the website)
Feeding Your Bunny
The most important thing about caring for your rabbit is don’t over feed him/her. Your rabbit needs the following….
1. Pellets: Rabbits only need fed once a day but you can feed them twice a day if you divide the correct amount in half. They should be fed one ounce of pellets per pound of rabbit. For example a three pound rabbit should be fed 3 ounces of pellets. Most dwarf breed bunnies get no more than 4 lbs so you should never feed more than 4 oz. in a day unless nursing. I feed no more than 1 cup of feed to my full grown 4 lb. rabbits.
2. Hay: Timothy or Orchard Hay. Hay should be available 3 days per week but great if you can supply daily. This helps with digestion and with their teeth.
3. Vegetables: See the list attached. Can be fed 1 packed cup per day after they are around 4 months old. They can also have some fruits but very sparingly. Fruits and Veggies are not mandatory when using Blue Seal Show Hutch Deluxe because it's so high in vitamins but they love them!
4. 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. Sprinkle just a tsp on the top of their food.
5. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds is also great to mix in with food or give as a treat (5-10 seeds). It’s great for their fur and also helps produce milk in prego and nursing moms.
*To avoid your rabbit getting sick or possibly dying because of changing feed brands abruptly do as follows:
Mix the old food and new food half and half for a week. DO NOT CHANGE OVER TOO QUICKLY!
Food & Digestion Tips
* The food that they are on is best food available for rabbits. We show some of our bunnies and we provide them with the best available food out there. If at all possible try to keep them on the same food. If you can't keep them on the same food try and get a food with at least 16% protein, such as Southern States Premium, and Manna Pro Select or Show are all decent ones and can be bought at Tractor Supply or a local farm supply store. Some Tractor supplies only carry 50 lbs so you may have to have them order a 25 lb bag so your bag won’t get stale and lose the nutritional value. The closest Blue Seal dealer is McCoy’s Feed & Farm 4420 Highway 24 27 E, Midland, NC 28107. I also sell food to my local customers and can also ship for an extra $13.45 charge. The closest Tractor Supply is at 104 Commercial Park Dr. SW. Concord, NC 28027.
*I sell 2 gallon zip locks (about 9 lbs) of food for $10 and can also ship them. I sell hay for $10 in a 13 gallon trash bag. It’s fresh hay from a local farmer and the rabbits go crazy for it since it’s so fresh.
* Store the feed in an air tight container.
* Note: Rabbits do beg for food and give you the puppy dog begging look. Just remember you are doing them a favor by not over feeding them all the time.
* Fact: Obesity is common in pet rabbits, and excessive amounts of food should be avoided.
* There are odd shaped stools that a rabbit passes that are 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.
*If droppings are soft and or the rabbit is not eating find out why. Feed the rabbit only timothy hay & 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 times each day.
* Jersey Woolies need some extra help with digesting their hair balls or they can get what is called wool block and can die. You can help by giving them treats weekly or even daily with papaya or give them papaya enzyme tablets (I recommend) after 4 months of age.
* Water: Make sure the rabbit has clean cool water at all times. You can mix a ¼ cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar in each water bottle. 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 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
- I recommend you wait until the bunny is at least 4 months old before introducing anything other than pellets and hay. Doing otherwise can cause diarrhea and can be fatal.
- I have attached a list of veggies and fruits that your bunny can and can’t have. Fruits should be given only a couple times per week. They can also have Cheerios (regular) or crackers on occasion.
- They CANNOT have: iceberg lettuce, cauliflower, avocado, potatoes or anything that’s high in water or acid content.
*Rabbits love toys to play around with. Here are recommended toys: toilet paper roll stuffed with hay, a small rawhide ball, cat toy balls, pine cones.
No cedar shavings. They can cause upper respiratory infection. I recommend Aspen bedding or any kind of the pellets or newspaper. Also horse pellets are great and cheaper. $6 for a 40 lb bag. The upside is if you have a Lionhead or Jersey Wooly it doesn’t stick to their fur like the Aspen bedding does sometimes. Only downside is they don’t smell the best. You can also use a small cat litter box from Wal-Mart $1.98. The corner ones seem to be a little small and they can pee out the sides of them.
Here is a great video on litter box training....
* Your bunny needs wood to chew on so it won’t chew on it’s cage. Wood also helps to file it’s teeth down. Give it a block of untreated wood from preferably a fruit tree. Dry out the wood for a few days before giving it to the rabbit. Pine Cones is also great.
* Be sure to clip its nails regularly. If you can’t do it yourself, take it to the vet and get it done. If it’s a long haired bunny they need and loved 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 and rump.
* We bunny sit for $10 per day when you are on vacation!!
Questions and Answers
*Do rabbits need regular vaccinations? No especially if kept inside. Normally outside they’re are kept elevated from the ground away from bacteria and diseases so no vaccines are required.
*Where can I buy rabbit food/supplies? I buy almost all of my supplies at Tractor Supply or other feed stores. You get more for your money and better quality. You can also buy at Pet Stores, Wal-Mart, feed stores. Make sure you stick to the same brand or gradually change over. Be careful not to buy foods high in sugar (sold at Walmart and Petco etc). It looks pretty but packed with sugars.
*Can your bunny be litter trained! Yes! This website give great advice on how to do so… http://myhouserabbit.com/rabbit-care/litter-training-your-pet-rabbit/
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
· Tulip Bulbs
· 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.
Pet Quality Rabbits
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· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Quality Rabbits
· 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 $20 deposit on any rabbit you desire to purchase.
· Bunnies can be held on your behalf for a maximum of 2 weeks after weaning.
· Unless prior arrangements have been made, any bunny not picked up in two weeks 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.