1. BYH Official Poll: What are the things that you should consider before buying herds?
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  2. Nice to see some Back Yard Chickens members here. Let's feature one this week. - Featured Thread
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  3. Dismiss Notice
  4. BYH Picture of the Week (POW) - Submit your Pics Now !!
    Click HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)
    Dismiss Notice

Help! ! 1st time bunny mom

Discussion in 'Behavior and Handling Techniques - Rabbits' started by kellyjean, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Feb 23, 2016
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    11,386
    Likes Received:
    17,388
    Trophy Points:
    623
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Awwww.... I'm sure she does... But she doesn't understand (@ 7 yrs old) it will take a little time... Glad she wasn't scared off by the initial intro. He's young enough that you might be able to win him over, but only time will tell. Just slow and gentle... Good luck!
     
    kellyjean likes this.
  2. Feb 24, 2016
    samssimonsays

    samssimonsays Milo & Me Hoppy Tail Acres

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2015
    Messages:
    3,603
    Likes Received:
    4,726
    Trophy Points:
    373
    Location:
    somewhere in the Northern region of Minnesota
    One thing is to never let him get what he wants when he behaves badly. Right now, he wants away. YOU need to be the one to wear thick clothes and hold him till he surrenders. I have taken in over 50 abused and neglected rabbits and was only not able to correct one of them. Wrap him in a towel or blanket and just hold him until he calms down. Repeat this throughout the day several times. I suggest handling him in increments of 15 to 30 minutes 5 times or more a day. You will see a HUGE change in him. Talk calming to him. Give him the option for a treat while in your arms eventually when he is calm. He is also in a new environment so he will need some time to adjust. Keep him in a quiet place for a while and slowly let him be integrated into the main living area as he is more comfortable.
     
    Dawnclucks22, Ebers, goatgurl and 2 others like this.
  3. Feb 24, 2016
    Bunnylady

    Bunnylady True BYH Addict

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,087
    Likes Received:
    1,988
    Trophy Points:
    293
    Location:
    Wilmington, NC
    Most rabbits are freaked out by being picked up, and that can include rabbits that are otherwise very people-oriented. A few rabbits learn to like it, but for most, it's more a matter of learning to tolerate it. Even those that seem OK with it can wig out as you start to put them back in their cage; turning them so they can't see the cage as you approach it can help keep them calm until your hands are out of harm's way. For a lot of bunnies and small children, "pet him, but don't pick him up" seems to be the safest approach.

    Your rabbit looks like a Dwarf, or maybe Polish - cute guy!

    I want to give the rabbit the benefit of the doubt and believe that the nip was a one-off, but I know that Dwarfs can be feisty. Right now, we have a couple of young bucks that are displaying a bit of hormonal attitude, so I'm inclined to support Samantha drawz's "tough love" approach. You need to be quiet, gentle, calm; but also firm and assertive if necessary. Some bucks are just love bugs, some can be a bit pushy, but I've also dealt with enough truly vicious rabbits to know that it can happen, and to want to head it off if at all possible.
     
    Ebers, goatgurl, Latestarter and 2 others like this.
  4. Nov 19, 2017
    birdfreaks

    birdfreaks Just born

    Joined:
    May 14, 2017
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    9
    in my opinion, 2 months is a perfect time to socialize them. go slow; no sudden movements & sort of think like a rabbit. loud noises scare them, too. it will also depend on the personality of your rabbit. if he is just naturally a bit roudy, then it'll take more time. he may not ever be "perfect" but he should get alot better if ya take it slow. see if you can place your hand in the cage, don't move it for a while, then slowly (i mean very slowly) inch your hand forward when he isn't looking. then see if you can just pet him when he doesn't run from your hand. have times where you don't always pick him up every time you visit his cage; have times where you just pet him. usually petting is less stress than holding to under socialized rabbits. Apply this to slow approach other forms of de-sensitization.
    That being said, certain breeds are less docile than others. this can make a HUGE difference. dwarf and minis tend to be a bit more feisty, however, certain breeds defy the norm. some minis are just as calm as standards, etc. i once had a lionhead mini rex X who's litter was drastically different in personality, about as drastic as you could get. literally since day 1 of being born, i had one rabbit who was very fiesty & never calmed down much. there was one average one, and two very calm ones all in the same litter, all had the same ammount of attention , exposure & handling. oddly enough, the one that was the most fiesty looked more like the lionhead (sometimes can be unpredictable in temperment), and the more chill ones looked more like a mini rex, which is known for their even temper. same liter, same dad, same mom & everything.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2017
    Stephine and Pastor Dave like this.
  5. Jan 24, 2018
    Dawnclucks22

    Dawnclucks22 Chillin' with the herd

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2018
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Animals can change. Try sitting by the cage quietly for a bit each day so he gets used to your presence. Then try placing your hand near the cage. It will take patience.
     
    Pastor Dave likes this.