Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Adopting a baby rabbit or adult rabbit

How about a cuddly baby rabbit? People often ask, “Should I adopt a baby rabbit or an adult rabbit”?  Well, the answer is that there is little difference but these are points to consider:

A baby rabbit will only remain tame and friendly if handled gently on a very regular basis. Many people are scared to pick up a rabbit because when they try, the rabbit jumps out of their grasp and runs away.  This often means that they just pat the rabbit, which is fine, but the problem there is that the baby bunny is never groomed, checked or has his or her nails clipped. This creates a health problem for the bunny as they do need daily checking and grooming with regular nail trims. 

Selecting an adult rabbit that is people friendly (having been gently and well handled as a baby) can easily be groomed and handled using the correct methods of picking up the rabbit and handling on the grooming table. 

For the house proud, a baby rabbit may still be learning to use the litter tray while an adult rabbit will already be accustomed to going straight to the tray which means a cleaner rabbit playpen and less tidying up each day. 

Some think that adopting a baby rabbit will mean a stronger bond between rabbit and bunny parent. Depending on how the baby is handled this may be true but an adult rescue rabbit will quickly grow to love his or her new owners if they are kind and interact often and well with the bunny.

The Rabbit Sanctuary has both adult and baby rescue rabbits in care.  Adoptable rabbits are listed on our site and our rabbit Foster Carers also add photos and information about the bunnies in their care to our Facebook group Adopt a Rabbit which you might like to visit and join. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hand Rearing a Baby Hare Leveret

People sometimes come across baby hares, known as leverets who have been somehow moved from their mother's nest or carried away by cats, birds or dogs or other predators. The Rabbit Sanctuary has set up an educational help group for people wanting to raise baby hairs, leverets. Here is a link to join our Hare Raisers facebook support group...

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A group for those that love hares and raising them as house and yard pets or to release to a safe hare habitat. A Rabbit Sanctuary educational group.

Making hand-made hay bales with a box baler

Rabbit owners may like to make their own hay for their pet bunny. If you have a paddock of grass or if you can plant some ground with oats or other grass seed then harvest it with a scythe you can then either stack it into a haystack or make it into a bale of hay with a homemade box hay baler. Watch the video... _____________________________________________________________________