14 March 2013
celebrating our first month with bunnies
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??