One of the things I LOVE about bunnies is that they’re vegetarian. Everything they eat is really pleasant, and what comes out the other end is fairly inoffensive, too. They definitely score higher than the cats and dogs in that regard!
They eat hay and pellets and get a salad every morning. I try to give them three different kinds of greens — lettuce, kale, and bok choy are the staples, and I switch those up with some greens they’re not supposed to have quite as often (spinach, parsley, etc.). Basically whatever is good for them and the least expensive! I also bought a nice grow light to grow some of this stuff at home. So far, the leaf lettuce (cut-and-come-again varieties) is doing amazing. I cut the first harvest this morning and sowed another half tray, so that should be a good renewable source of greens soon. I repotted a few Cos lettuce plants this morning — also looking good, but growing more slowly than the leaf lettuce. My kale got off to a good start and then died, so I have to figure out what went wrong there. Too much light? Too wet? I’d really like to grow kale indoors for both the bunnies and ME, since it’s hard to find organic kale around here.
I also need to figure out the ideal conditions for growing cans of dog food. Hmmm…
We love our bunnies! They’re still a little shy, but that’s okay. They’re slowly warming up to us, and while it would be fun if they were super cuddly, I’m not too bothered if they decide to keep their distance most of the time. As long as I can groom them and collect the wool! The novelty hasn’t worn off for the girls yet, and M gets a kick out of feeding them a piece of kale and trying to get them to hold still for a pet.
Litter box training has gone amazingly well. There are always a scattering of droppings on their ground floor in the morning, but almost everything goes in their litter box — and they’ve not left a single wet patch anywhere outside the box. So now when they come out, they’re allowed access to the full family room. The photo of Birch and the doll’s stroller above gives you a good sense of how big they are. Like living Muppets!
They’re so curious about everything, especially the cats and dogs. That introduction/integration is something else that’s been much easier than I expected. It really helps that the bunnies are the biggest of the crowd! I’ve been cautious about Beany hanging out around the rabbits, but she seems to know her limits. If anything, I’ve gotten the sense that she wants the bunnies to play with her. I’ve still had to preemptively stop that, as cats and bunnies don’t really play the same way! But Bear-Bear loves to go in the bunnies’ house to sniff around, and they don’t even pause what they’re doing to keep an eye on her. Any time a rabbit hops toward one of the cats or dogs, it’s the cat or dog that suddenly gets nervous and has to move away!
We added two new members to the clan yesterday, a pair of young angora rabbits! I named them Birch and Aspen, as they’re hard to tell apart at a glance. (Both the photos above are Aspen, but Birch looks more or less the same.) They’re big boys!
I’ve wanted rabbits for years and years but, for some reason, have never made the plunge. But I’ve been thinking about having a small fiber farm for a while now, and getting two angora bunnies is like dipping my toe into those waters. I’ve done so much reading on what they need and rabbit behavior, etc — it’s hard to believe they’re finally here! And they’re so big and fluffy that it’s like watching two stuffed animals come to life.
I’m sure it will be a while before I collect enough wool to spin, but I’ll make sure to show you when I do!