Our Christmas babies are getting bigger each day! They are so adorable and I'm so pleased with the new colors that are starting to show up! I really try to make colors and markings that are unique and rare. We just got our first ever lilac otter vienna marked baby and he/she is gorgeous! We are going to be keeping this one to hopefully produce more of that color in about six months.
I wanted to write this blog because reservations will be starting in only eight days and we have had a ton of families interested in our bunnies for Christmas. What I've told each family is to contact me as early as possible on the reservation date to hopefully get the bunny of their choice. I know families will be contacting me at midnight and if I am awake at that time I will reply right away to reserve you. Otherwise when I wake up I will answer my messages in order of when they came in. Please be prepared in advance so it will be an easy process for the both of us! I take deposits through Facebook messenger or Venmo. Facebook messenger has a set up process that is very easy so please google the directions on how to set up payments on Facebook messenger and have your account set up before contacting me! I would say Venmo is easier than Facebook messenger to set up for some people so see which method will work best for you! Both services are free to use! If for some reason the bunny you wanted gets reserved before you or if they all get reserved right away, we are having a few more litters hopefully any day now and those will be ready the first week in January to take home! Reservations will begin sometime near the end of November for those litters. We strive to raise the most loving bunnies and in order to do that, I can only breed what I can manage to care for. We spend every day with our rabbits and they each are interacted with. I will not be increasing my breeding's just to sell more bunnies. These are live animals who are apart of our family and not a factory or bunny mill!
Before reserving please also check our sales policy at the bottom of our " Bunnies For Sale" page! Blessings to you all and I hope you each find a beautiful bunny to add to your families this Christmas!
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Are you considering buying two bunnies together or maybe you already have one at home and you want to get him or her a friend? Here are some tips to bonding those buns so they can successfully live together!
Buying two babies at the same time
The easiest way to bond bunnies is when you buy two young rabbits at the same time. They are used to being in a litter with all their brothers and sisters so they aren’t territorial yet. I always recommend getting them spayed or neutered because it calms down their hormones and helps them to bond better. Also be very careful when having a boy/ girl companionship because the female can get pregnant very young. Sometimes as early as 10 weeks. Not likely, but it is possible. Keep them separated until at least one is fixed. Don’t think because they are brother and sister that they won’t breed. They WILL breed when they’re matured.
Already have one but want another?
Already have a bun and want to get another one? Again I suggest getting your current bunny fixed before bringing in a second one even if it’s the same gender. The new baby bunny won’t have any issues bonding with your first bunny. It’s more; how is your rabbit going to react to a new one in his or her territory? Rabbits are very territorial so make sure they have enough space when bringing in another one. Rabbits are groomers and it’s the most adorable thing to watch them clean each other’s ears or lick one another’s forehead. These are comforting actions for rabbits and one idea you can take into action beforehand is stroking your first bunny’s forehead to mimic the action of another rabbit grooming him or her. This way when your new bun comes into the picture and starts grooming the other one, he or she will be used to the action.
Putting them together for the first time
Watch them closely and do not come home and put them together right away. I suggest sitting on the couch and having both bunnies on your lap. Hold them both right next to each other with your hands on top of them. Then separate them and repeat again every fifteen minutes or so for at least three times. Then keep your new bunny on your lap and let your other bunny go free range on the couch and see if he or she responds to the new one. In small amounts of time each day bring them together in an open space and watch very carefully how they react to each other. If aggressive behavior such as biting or ripping fur out happens, separate them immediately. Humping is a normal action for rabbits. It’s more of a dominance thing. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to get them fixed. It should heavily reduce the urge for them to hump each other.
Don't take your eyes off them just yet!
Watch them closely until you feel comfortable taking your eyes off them. This could take anywhere from a week to several months. It really depends on each individual rabbit. It’s a wonderful thing for rabbits to have a companion so if you are considering having more than one I encourage you to try these tips in bonding them.
If you have bonded rabbits already, please feel free to comment below and give your input and experienced suggestions!
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
It’s that time of the year again where Seattle is showered in pumpkin spice lattes. Fall brings in cooler temperatures and we’ve even had some below freezing nights in early November. We house our buns outside but frequently have them inside for bonding or photography sessions. Especially the little newborn babies; we try to keep them inside as much as possible until their fur comes in. I have a lot of families around this time of year ask about keeping their bunnies outside in a hutch and if it’s ok for winter time. So here is my opinion and knowledge!
Heat Lamps? Yes or no?
If you are planning to keep a hutch nearby your house such as on a back porch or side of the house; this is in my opinion an easier way to keep them outside. Most areas around your house will have electrical outlets. Heat lamps are a must when below freezing for our farm. Some other rabbitries use straw and pack it into each cage for the rabbits to burrow but I prefer an actual heat source for our buns. Remember to always securely attach the heat lamp to the outside of the cage or hutch. Never put the lamp on the inside of the cage because it could severely burn your bunny or get knocked down and start a fire! Also keep the lamp far enough away from hay so a piece doesn’t accidently catch on fire. Don’t be afraid to try a heat lamp out just because of the danger of a fire starting. As long as you take safety precautions and set it up securely you should be fine! We’ve been using them for over seven years and have never had an issue. The only issue I had is one year I put a heat lamp on each individual cage and back at that time it was nine cages. Let’s just say our power bill did not appreciate it. Now we have an amazing set up where four cages can share one heat lamp. Even if your hutch is not near the house, you can always run an extension cord out there to hook it up. Most local feed stores should sell them, or you can always purchase online. I would recommend buying one that has a clamp attached so you can mount it easily.
Frozen water bottle issue
Water bottles will for sure freeze outside as well. One option would be to put the heat lamp close enough to the water bottle where it stays unfrozen but doesn’t get too hot. You may need to test this out for a few days to get it right. If you put the heat lamp too close to the water bottle, then all the water will “magically” disappear within the same day usually. Another idea is to purchase a heated water bottle. This would be the most ideal route to go so you don’t have to worry about frozen or dried out water bottles. All you need to do is plug it into an outlet and make sure to fill it with fresh water when necessary.
Board up those open sides
For hutches we recommend buying one that has a hide away area with four enclosed walls and an entrance hole for them to access inside. Also the main part of the hutch should at least have one solid side. In the fall and winter time when it starts to get windy you can buy cheap plastic roofing or get a few pieces of plywood to board up the open sides. Especially at night when it’s the coldest time of day. Keep in mind if you choose this option but still have a heat lamp, you’ll need to cut a nice sized hole in the temporary pieces where the heat lamp can still have access to heat the hutch.
Well structured hutch for snow fall
If you live in an area that gets heavy snow fall during the winter make sure your hutch can bare the weight of all that snow! Make sure your roof is in good condition and if anything, when you go out to see them each day, just brush off the snow that has accumulated on the roof that day.
All in all, if you can bring your bunnies inside or at least in the garage during winter, that is the ultimate and best solution. But if that is not an option then try these ideas to help ensure that your bunnies will be safe outside during the colder months. For those of you that have had success or any good tips on weather proofing outdoor bunny areas please feel free to leave a comment to help other bunny owners or soon to be bunny owners!
"Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail," Job 38:22