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Rabbits make wonderful pets. Our show bunnies are our pets first and show bunnies second.  The best advice we can give people interested in rabbits is read as much information as you can on the care of rabbits and on rabbit behavior.  The public library has many books on the care of rabbits. We have tried to list some information here about the care of rabbits. If you have any questions please e-mail us. We are glad to help.

Rabbits like all creatures require clean water. Our rabbits have been raised with water crocks, so it may take time for them to learn to drink from a bottle. If rabbits do not have water to drink they will not eat, so it is very important to monitor their water intake.

We feed Blue Seal Show Hutch Deluxe. This has a 18% fiber and 17% Protein. We feed our rabbits a lot of Timothy Hay, which we feel is a better source of fiber for their diets.   Hay is important for their digestive system and to prevent wool block (hair balls) and it keeps them from being bored. You can purchase hay in bags at Petsmart and Petco. If you have the room to store hay in a clean dry environment, you can purchase hay from Southern States and most feed stores. We buy our hay in bales and inspect it for weeds (woody sticks, thorns, etc). Please be sure to inspect all feed and hay for signs of mold. Moldy food can kill bunnies! We do not recommend feeding alfalfa, it is much too high in protein and can cause problems with kidneys, liver and other organs. (See website http://www.dreamwater.net/islandgems/1/feed.html ) We also feed our rabbits a vitamin supplement called Doc Enhancer. This also helps prevent wool block.

We recommend you purchase rabbit feed that is plain feed. No colorful shapes or treats in the feed. (See website http://www.wbvc.bc.ca/nutrition.htm.  If you prefer buying food locally we recommend Kaytee Rabbit food (pet stores) or Big Red (Southern States) or Purina Rabbit feed. Try to find the freshest food possible. The bag should have a date process stamp.

Jr rabbits (8 weeks to 6 months) 1 cup feed twice a day

Sr. rabbits (over 6 months old) 1 cup feed once a day.

All rabbits get 1 tablespoon Doc Enhancer 1 day.

Hay available at all times.

Rabbits that are at least 4 months old can have small amounts of treats of apple occasionally.

Rabbits unlike dogs and cats do not require shots, but they do occasionally need to see a vet.  We suggest that you find a vet that specializes in rabbits.   

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.