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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:45 pm

You don't want him to have too much calcium as he will get bladder/kidney issues. There should be adequate calcium in his diet with reduce pellets.

These 2 leaflets from the RWAF are really useful

http://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/leaflet_pdfs/Feeding130807.pdf

http://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/leaflet_pdfs/going_green_oct_06.pdf


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Post by BugsBunny on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:56 pm

Great thanks, I will have a read up, I love reading up/ researching on buns so that me and my husband can give him the best care and health we can. That is the reason I opted for Timothy hay originally too, with the reviews etc and research but also because it was a low calcium healthier option rather than Alfalfa, I did not want him having a lot of problems and getting addicted to alfalfa hay too.

Starting slowly changing and limiting tomorrow morning. I do not know his weight though as I cannot lift him yet as I posted a few post back about but working on it. He is super tame in every other way though, so that is good. I am hoping when I put the scales in the room with him and me tomorrow he will jump on them and stay on long enough for me to get the weight. He will be getting weighed at the bets Tues too. So what grams should I give him for now if I am unsuccessful in weighing him.?

Oh and I have panacur paste as found a worm in his poop end of last week and ordered panacur, got it yesterday but that also goes off weight and want to weigh him to administer that and for the fly guard spray for safety which also goes off weight ( typical). Oh and I have not seen another worm since.

Off to bed now anyways, shattered, I will read the responses in the morn and thanks to those who have been a big help so far.
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Post by Sparky on Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:28 pm

We could do you a hay sample pack Laughing - we currently have Green Oat, Ings, Timothy and Rye and a bale of meadow hay from our little pet shop. The meadow hay is this year's cut so is quite short and very soft and green - the buns are loving it.

For getting him in the carrier, try leaving it in his room so it is familiar rather than scary. Put treats in it so when he goes in it he often finds something delicious to eat - Fenugreek Crunchies are brilliant bribery for buns. Get him to associate the carrier with something nice and you might be able to tempt him into it when you need to.

Buns really don't like being picked up (with the exception of our Theo and Mason, we have 14 others who won't entertain the idea Rolling Eyes) although it can be necessary for claw clipping and bum checks. Again, try to associate being picked up with something nice - buns are very food motivated Embarassed
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Post by BugsBunny on Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:28 pm

Samples from you would be great, will come and get some from you Laughing

Ye the carrier is in his room to familiarise him with it already, has been for 5 days now but he wont go in for hay as he has this all over but the crunchies I agree with you, he does indeed go in for those and his naturals dandelion herb mix.

I am working slowly on picking him up anyway, I know buns do not like it but if I can at least get him to tolerate for checks and vets then that is good enough. He lets me touch his bum and his under him etc so maybe he will go for jumping on my lap and being able to pick him up from there then. He has put his front paws on my legs a few times, just doesn't jump fully on, although when I am kneeling on floor to clean his cages and room he climbs on the back of my legs lol.

Sounds like you have a lot of buns to keep you busy, nice, they are fantastic pets to have and I am glad we decided to get 1, well I did, husband moaned a bit like he did when I first got our dwarf hamster Gimli and he fell in love with him and has done Dougal. He loves animals he just does not believe in them being caged etc but as I explained to him , we do not keep ours just in 1 cage and our hammie was spoilt with 15 cages plus tons of treats, toys etc and he ran on floor of the room Dougal has now when we opened cage. Dougal has a big cage in the bedroom but only uses it to go toilet and eat and drink. He has the whole room, it aint a massive bedroom but more that enough space for him, and he has tones of stuff too. Both of them could have gotten worse owners and stuck in just 1 small 1 etc, you just don't know.

Oh and Dougals poops are fine so far today, think it was definitely the redigrass that did it, will leave him off that til he 6 months and try him again. I have not cut the food back a lot yet as he had some leftin the bowl and going to cut him down slowly with and transition him to the adult, well I might do that or just cut him down totally tomorrow. As I know people on here are a lot more experienced with rabbits than me. I just worry as with him doing well apart from that 1 soft poop 2 days incident he has been great, lively etc that cutting it down suddenly will cause problems or is that just me worrying and feeling guilty doing so? and he is eating hay a lot no probs. Oh and my local pet shop does the light nuggets just in-case I need to change to them at any point. They do big bags of redigrass too for when I start him back on some to with they hay as he absolutely loves it. But as I said most people on here know more than me and are right etc so I am definitely taking the advice in and will be doing it. Very Happy

I appreciate all the help and replies too, I am very greatful for it. Thumbs Up
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Post by KatieB on Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:38 pm

He is a very lucky bun.

Don't let him make you feel guilty about e pellets .

Both of my buns (both rescues) have serious dental problems (one is terminal) because (we think) Didn't eat enough hay in their first years as their jaws were forming. Charlie is three now but unlikely to see 4, and has cost thousands in treatment.

When I asked my their rabbit specialist what I could do to have healthy buns he said , hay, grass, hay. He is of the opinion they don't need nuggs at all. (They get them - but an egg cup each in the morning and an egg cup full at night. They look at me like I'm mean, but by doing that I know I am keeping them alive longer.

So when he looks at you like - where are my nuggs - remember that it's for his own good. By giving him less you are literally saving his life.



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Post by BugsBunny on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:56 pm

Wow, well if you put it that way then you and the advice you got is spot on. He does eat his hay well thankfully, just been sat with him for over an hour and he kept picking up pieces of hay around his room, form the box pile, hanger and floor and hay rack. I will cut him down if it means having him live a fuller healthier life. I saw an article online somewhere and it showed a poor young rabbit who had not been given hay at all and its teeth had to be cut down as they where sticking up into his head or something. That is awful Crying or Very sad , people should not get pets if they do not want to look after them properly. I am sorry about your sweet young bun, that is awful, but at least you are giving him a good life, even though it is expected to be short. Good for you rescuing him too. Thumbs Up

Also he is 5 months old on Tuesday so I am changing him over to adult slowly and cutting him down, he has had less pellets this morning and with some adult ones which he seemed to enjoy.
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