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Rabbit Chew "Toys" and such

Discussion in 'Everything Else Rabbits' started by Marie28, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Feb 25, 2017
    Marie28

    Marie28 Overrun with beasties

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    We are just starting out. We have 3 silver fox rabbits. 1 black doe, 1 black buck (we though was a doe) and a 1 blue buck. I think they would be call Jr.s because they are between 4-5 months. We are on the look out for another doe. We also have two dogs.
    My profile picture is Ruby she is our doe
    The 1st and 3rd picture is Onyx
    and the 2nd is Topaz.

    I need some new pictures these are from when we first got them. Ruby has gained about 1 pound 4 ounces, Onyx 11 ounces and Topaz has gained about 6 ounces. Is it normal for does to gain quicker? she is the exact age as Onyx, Topaz is about a month older.

    Edit: we are raising them for meat rabbits and to sell.
     

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  2. Feb 25, 2017
    secuono

    secuono Herd Master

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    I buy horse hay cubes, not sure how many pounds are a bag, but they are standard 50# feed sack dimensions. They have oat, alfalfa, timothy and such types. $14-19 a bag.
    I buy them for my sheep and horses as treats, but I sit down with a bucket full and break them up into 1cm slivers so no one chokes on them.
    When I had cavies & rabbits, I would give them the nice long sections. Rabbits would toss them around, punch them and eat them down until the left over piece fell through the flooring.
    Water bottles are best when using hay cubes and cardboard items. Rabbits love to toss them into the water crocks and get them nasty...
     
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    secuono

    secuono Herd Master

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    Oh no, it is no accident! They dump feed like it's their job! Rabbits are infuriating like that, lol. And they get crafty when you try to stop them. At one point, I started feeding tiny meals of pellets sevral times a day so they wouldn't dump it or find a way to get their butts into it and pee/poo on them....ugh.
     
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    Marie28

    Marie28 Overrun with beasties

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    Our doe pees in her bowl in protest lol . Luckily its always empty hence the protesting. We have considered getting a bowl for the Topaz that attaches to the cage but he currently does not eat the hay in his hay rack... not sure what his problem is. We noticed he wasn't eating any so we pulled some out and put it in his bowl and he started munching away so now we have a pyrex bread pan wedged in his cage so he can't move it, but the bowl is every where:he.
     
  5. Feb 25, 2017
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    mygoldendoe Loving the herd life

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    We bought our two pure NZ from a woman who mainly kept them as pets after she got out of the meat usage. The doe refused to chew the maple branches. I don't have pine cones or other safe trees so I gave her my son's old baby toy rattle thing.. it's a seahorse that has 3 rings on it. She is crazy bout it! Flips it and throws it. It scared her neighbors at first but they used to it now. She plays so much I felt bad for the others and will be going to thrift store for some later when I have extra money. I know others who give the smallish jelly sized Mason jar rings. They flip them and toss them. But it's right size to not get limbs stuck in.
     
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    Marie28

    Marie28 Overrun with beasties

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    Thats awesome :]] I wonder if they would like jar rings...
     
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    DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Loving the herd life

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    I don't feed pine needles, but a friend on mine does, and she says they work fine. Treated wood is fine for rabbits, but I wouldn't waste any on rabbits.
     
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    HaloRabbits

    HaloRabbits Overrun with beasties

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    I give my pine cones, thanks to a huge pine tree in our yard we get a lot.

    Could I give them small branches from the tree as well? As long as they are treated/cleaned the same way as the cones?
     
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    Silkie2 Just born

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    I wouldn't give them alfalfa cubes. Unless they are young. Rabbits shouldn't have alfalfa once they are adults. Timothy is best ;)
    Toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes stuffed with hay or vegetables are a favorite! I give my bunny apple branches. make sure any wood you give your bunny is untreated ( pesticides and any unnatural chemicals are bad for bunnies) any hard plastic toys are fun for rabbits to throw. Anything cardboard! ( as long as your bunny doesn't swallow the cardboard!) my bunny also like plastic jingly cat balls (I'm not entirely sure what to call them XD) giving your bunny access to outside of its cage for AT LEAST 2 hours a day will help them burn off energy! Bored bunnies become destructive bunnies!!
     
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    eggbert420 Overrun with beasties

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    I just rip a 2x4 in half so that its 1.75"x1.5", then I soak it in salt water for a few days. The rabbits love to chew on it.