14 March 2013

celebrating our first month with bunnies

Greetings all,
Well, on Valentine's Day we went to pick up some chicks from a farmer who was selling up & moving to the city.  On the way to collect them, i received an SMS saying "we have Flemish Giant bunnies if you'd like some??"  My eldest daughter was with me (fresh from Xrays confirming her wrist had healed completely & she could resume sports) & i'll just refer to her as an 'accomplice.'  Once we were handed that first bunny, we weren't leaving without one.
 After babysitting a Miniature Rex bunny in the school holidays, i had completely fallen in love with them, their sweet Beatrix Potter nature (unless they are trying to escape) & sheer cuteness.  Flemish Giants are my favourite breed too.  I was the perfect sucker . . . 
 . . . to say "sure, we'll take four!!"  Meet Pollen (Pollie), Tabitha, mama Josephine & Cecily - flashing her cotton tail below
 We took mama (18 months old) & the 3 daughters from her second litter.  Mama is a little cranky since this litter (8 weeks prior), so we're giving her space & time to learn to love us.  Her girls, well, they are oozing love, snuggles & hopping gorgeousness.  I can't help but gently stroke mama's belly, with all that beautiful mottled colour on her paws & belly.
 I spent $35 on bird wire & garden stakes, made them a 7m long bunny run (inside the 40m long chicken run) & they sleep in a large (Great Dane size) travel cage at night.  Chickens hop in & out, they play games & get along famously.  I've even added some palm trees for shade & nibbles.
 We've of course invested in harness leads & shampoo & other bunny accoutrements . . . so they can experience fresh grass daily (we also give them chopped grass, lucern, hay, carrots & rabbit food mix) as this breed (mama is a Lop, the babies are cross Flemish Giants) will need a lot of exercise.  We staked them to the ground while we washed the car the other day, they created a May Pole with their leads!!
 Bunnies are a great investment, the love & cute factor are a bonus, however, they are easy pets (so long as they are very secure in their run/ hutch/ cage) toilet trained & oozing love.  Not to mention . . . way better than chocolate for Easter.  Love Posie
PS did you hear bunnies are no longer used in cosmetic testing??

10 comments:

ally said...

They are simply adorable
We do not have a great track record with bunnies - the Doc did some emergency dental treatment on a friends one day (couldn't eat because of super long tooth) and it died the next day :-(
I'd love to surprise our kids with these for Easter...but not sure what the cats would think!

Jan Maree said...

Love it! What a gorgeous addition to your menagerie just in time for Easter! bet that means four happy children in your home.

Sparrow Bee Designs said...

oh so cute!! We have little mini lop coming soon, can't wait!

Anonymous said...

You do so much with animals in rented housing.

Tania McCartney said...

They will bring you so much joy. x

Elisa {With Grace and Eve} said...

They are so cute and fluffy! Makes me want a cuddle! Gorgeous and love the images xx

becclebee said...

what lovely bunnies!

Snow said...

I love bunnies! I've been considering getting one. That is very good news that they are no longer ring used in animal testing! :)

bron @ baby space said...

your bunnies are to die for. SO CUTE.

Anonymous said...

Bunniezzzzzzzzzzz!!