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I was in a pet store getting food for my pets. I saw a small white, 4 week old rabbit with droopy ears. I purchased her.
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Those impulse buys in the checkout line will get ya!

Did you name her Sloopy? Sloopy, the droopy wabbit.... Smile
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Dynamike, are you describing a Holland Lop?
I had one on order for months and picked him up last night.

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DynaMike -I almost did the same thing. Was getting more seed for the doves and food for the rabbit, and there was a Sun Conure in there that just kept following me around. Tons of people in the shop ,and this Sun Conure was only 6 months old, but followed me through the whole store. I started to play around by trying to hide, and it found me every time. The store clerk commented "he must like you, we named him Charlie". I started asking questions about him and Charlie started doing little tricks with the clerk. I had to turn and go because I almost threw down the $500 and brought him home to meet the family. Once I started leaving the store, Charlie started screeching pretty loudly. Good thing I didn't bring him home because Momma (the wife) would have been pretty upset at the noise this little guy could put out if he wasn't being paid attention to! *smile*

Lots of impulse buys are the best though. I know you won't regret giving your rabbit a nice new home. I am sure the rabbit aapreciates it too.

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Yes, I fell for the Sun Conure thing and took his eager attention for me as a sign that it would be a great colorful production and friendly pet. $500 on to the counter and off I went with my new friend. Whoa, I didn't know how jealous these little critters could be. It wanted constant attention, it wouldn't let me talk on the phone, when people came over he had fits and yelled and screeched until I gave it unlimited attention and shoulder positioning then ear and hair biting if I got to into others. I suffered quite a financial loss when I had to take it back and beg my money in return.

Rabbits and doves work out very well.

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On 2009-11-26 09:25, boppies2 wrote:
Dynamike, are you describing a Holland Lop?
I had one on order for months and picked him up last night.

Max

She cost only $45. I think it was not one of the rare ones. I heard she will not stay small.

I have already been using her for my rabbit/chinchilla split.
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Mike, good luck with your new friend!!!!!
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Mike,

I understand that she may grow to 3-4 lbs.
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On 2009-12-01 14:28, boppies2 wrote:
Mike,

I understand that she may grow to 3-4 lbs.


that depends on what type of lop it is. If I'm not mistaken, the mini lop will weigh anywhere from 5-8 pounds. And there are other lops that are that big also.
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I have two rabbits. Neither are floppy-eared. The first I bought as a two-year-old from the Humane Society and I discovered she was too large to fit in many of the "rabbit" devices currently on the market.

I later bought another rabbit from the store and I was told he was a dwarf breed and wouldn't get much bigger. Surprise - While he is not a very large rabbit, still too big too fit comfortably in my Powell Doves to Rabbit and a couple other devices I have.

I refuse to cramp and squish my animals into items. They must be comfortable and not stressed.
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I think I love you RevMike..in a sisterly kind of way of course! Thank you on behalf of all bunnies that you refuse to cramp and squish them and that you treat them kindly.

Dynamike if you have any questions regarding the care and health of your bunny please feel free to contact me anytime or anyone else for that matter. I foster bunnies for Small Animal Rescue and have 13 as well as 50 at our shelter. Sadly, a lot of people don't put them in the same category as dogs or cats in terms or care and they often get dumped after a short time. (The ones I have have all suffered from trauma or injury). They can be litter trained and will even hop up on a couch for pats and come for treats. Live 10 years, generally and do best with a friend which they will bond with for life. All 13 of mine live free range in the same pen (all neutered and spayed). 2 females can live peacefully together and neutered/spayed m/f or two neutered males. Un-neutered males will only co-exist for the first year until puberty and then the dominant one will try to severely injure or kill the other. They also spray a lot so it's recommended you have them fixed. Bunnies love grooming one another and will often sleep with their heads and feet touching laying side by side so they resemble giant hearts.

Don't forget to give them hay for roughage as their diet requires it to prevent blockages. Kale, Parsley and apples with seeds removed is good too and of course rabbit pellets. Lots of fresh water daily and you'll have a healthy and happy pet. If you have those horrible cages with wire mesh that poop falls through - I'd throw it away. For some reason pet stores continue to sell them and they are not recommended. Rabbits eleminate two different kinds of poop - one is needed and serves as a natural antibiotic for rabbits. Those in wire cages never get the chance to redigest and it affects their health. A great website for those with rabbits is the rabbithouse society which can be checked online.

Good luck with bunny!

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I have the same problem RevMike, Im thinking of a Abbotts Elusive Bunny Box! Anyone here using it at this time?
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I use Abbotts elusive bunny box, and I love it. I bought mine used, and didn't get the silks with it though. It's still a great trick, even without the silks.
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Chrystal,

I was informed that a neutered male Mini Rex and a neutered Male Holland Lop will coexist.

Is that true?

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Hi Boppies,

Thanks for the question!

Generally they will learn to get along but as all are unique, sometimes there are exceptions. I have 13 that live peacefully in a large pen and one that lives with two guinea pigs as no matter how hard I tried or how many times she continued to pick on the others. The trick to bonding is: never place them in the same cage as another existing rabbit - it's the same with both sexes but males tend to be more territorial. It's almost the same with dogs too - generally not a good idea to bring a new one home and meet on the other dogs turf, unless it's a pup. It's generally accepted by animal behaviorist that meeting on neutral territory gives the best start to new relationships. Let them get to know one another, do the meet and greet thing, wear them out by allowing them to play and have fun - then bring them home. That's with dogs however but kinda the same thing with rabbits too. (I operate a foster home for several rescues so am forever having dogs/cats/rabbits meet and bond eventually) so all co-exist peacefully. In that mix is a Pitbull who lives with cats, other dogs and rabbits so it can be done with patience.

With buns, the bonding sometimes happens within a day or in a few stubborn cases a few months. Place cages side by side for rabbits to see and smell one another. You will be able to tell if they are agitated as they grunt and stomp their feet. Eventually they learn to co-exist in close proximity. You'll be able to judge, when they learn to tolerate the closeness of their neighbor. With bigger animals I place baby gates stratigically around so that animals view one another to grow used to the other but both are safe. I do this with new cats/rabbits /dogs.
With rabbits, let them out of the cages to do the meet and greet, but play close attention and stay close by to separate if necessary. If they fight, place them again back into their cages and try again another day. Some become instant friends on neutral ground while others take several attempts. You may also do a bit of distraction on the initial first meeting and give them treats such as craisins (dried cranberries) which they love. Eventually you can place them in a new cage together. Check the rabbits often for signs of fights such as bites on the face and head area when they are in their new cage together. As rabbits are prey animals they will often hide pain/injury until it's often too late. Good luck to you.

The only drawback regarding bonding as there are so many pluses, is that once bonded - if you seperate them for more than a day you have to start the whole bonding process again. Rabbits can live with a guinea pig friend for company but one only has to watch that the GP has lots of Vitamin C in their diet, more so than a rabbit.

Max, Generally Lops are considered like the Labs/Golden Retrievers of the dog world,,gentle and easy going, Rex's are more active. Like most animals one is always the dominant one and gets the majority of the grooming done by the other.For some reason it seems the smaller the rabbit the more aggressive has been our experience at the shelter ..maybe Napoleonic complex or something? :O)
Good luck with the bonding!

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On 2010-01-03 17:45, greatscott wrote:
I use Abbotts elusive bunny box, and I love it. I bought mine used, and didn't get the silks with it though. It's still a great trick, even without the silks.


greatscott:
Thanks...Just ordered mine!
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Chrystal,

I got the mini rex at 6 weeks and added a six week holland lop about 5 weeks later.

They have been together now for about one and a half months and everything seems to be fine so far.

I plan to neuter the mini rex in a few weeks and then the holland lop a month later.

The Mini Rex is the dominant one; they are still young but are getting along very well. They are in their cage most of the day and have about 30 min of playtime 2-3 times a day. Both re act to one simple command. There are no other animals in the house.

Hopefully I am on the right track.

Max
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If you're thinking of ordering Abbott's Elusive Bunny Box make sure you take into consideration the size of your rabbit. The 'jumbo' version might work better. I've been using the standard size for the past two years and it's a bit tricky getting the rabbit positioned correctly - and my rabbit isn't what I'd consider big by any means. He fits, but it takes some tinkering to make him comfortable which takes time. If you're running a one-man show and need to load the rabbit quickly by yourself during the performance the bigger box is probably the way to go. Just my two cents. Great prop, though...well constructed and incredibly deceiving.
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I also use....and love Abbott's Elusive Bunny Box!
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Has anyone else in this rabbit forum, had to get their family rabbit USDA licensed for performances????
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