Lily Valley Rabbitry

General Questions

Here are some questions I get a lot from customers!

 

 

1. Do you live on a farm?

       This is probably one of the most common questions I get. I actually

       live in a neighborhood! The rabbit hutches are along the side of 

       my house.

 

2. How many rabbits do you have?

        I have about 20 rabbits. This number can go up or down depending

        on how many babies and rescues I have.

 

3. Can rabbits live outside year round?

        Well, yes and no. Rabbits in general are very tolerant to temperature

        change. However, certain precautions must be taken in extreme heat

        and cold. I bring my rabbits inside during the day if it gets over 90

        degrees and under 0.

 

4. Do rabbits need a companion?

        Nope! Rabbits are solitary by nature and very territorial. Just take a

        look at the wild bunnies running around your yard; you rarely see more

        than one in the same area (exceptions are breeding season and

younger siblings)! However, if introduced properly a rabbit can have a

best friend with another bun.

 

5. Should I get my rabbit spayed/neutered?

        This all depends. I always recommend getting does spayed if you're not

        planning to breed because they have a high rate of getting cancer. You

        can get away with not neutering bucks if you only have one rabbit. If

        you have more than one, think about getting him neutered to avoid

        spraying. For both genders, fixing your rabbit will calm them down and

        eliminate hormonal related behavior.

 

6. How old should I neuter/spay my rabbit?

        No sooner than 6 months, but no later than 1 year old.

 

7. What do rabbits eat?

        Rabbits should have a plain rabbit pellet food, timothy hay, and small

        portions of fruits and vegetables. The most important aspect of their

        diet is timothy hay, because it regulates their digestive system.

 

8. What rabbit breed is best for kids?

        While it's true all rabbits have the potential to be great family pets,

        certain breeds are more docile. Within the smaller breeds, I recommend

        Mini Lops, Polish, Havanas, and Himalayans. On the larger end Satins,

        English Lops, and French Lops. Other popular choices are Netherland 

        Dwarf, Holland Lop, and Mini Rex. I'm hesitant recommending these

        breeds though, because they're skittish.This is entirely based on my

        experiences with these breeds, and I understand you may not agree

        with it. Though these breeds make good pets, I usually don't

recommend rabbits for little kids because they may nip and/or kick, and they're too delicate for a boisterous child.

 

9. Are there any rabbit breeds I should avoid?

         If you've owned rabbits for a while, then I'd say go experiment with

        different breeds and see what you like. For first-time rabbit owners

        though, there are some rabbit breeds that aren't for beginners. They

        include Belgian Hares, Dwarf Hotots, Tans, French Lops, Flemish

        Giants, and Britannia Petite. These breeds may be very large or

        temperamental. Again, this is entirely opinionated.

 

10. Can rabbits be litter box trained?

         Absolutely! If you're keeping your bunny indoors, I highly recommend

         litter box training them to cut back on litter expenses and odor. While

         rabbits aren't dirty, their urine has a very strong smell. The younger

         you start training, the easier it'll be. The key is to be consistent.

 

11. Do rabbits like to cuddle and be held?

         Yes and no. It depends on the rabbit. Some absolutely love to be held

         and will cuddle with you all day. But some will bite your clothes,

         struggle, pee, basically anything to get you to put them down. Rabbits

         are individuals and have different personalities. That's why it's

         important to meet the bunny and spend some time with them before

         you buy.

 

12. Do rabbits bite?

         All animals bite if they feel threatened, scared, or being territorial.

         However, rabbits usually will not seriously bite and draw blood. They

         may nip you if they want to be held, put down, or get you out of their

         way. Some try to chew your clothes to make a nest. Check out

         the "Why Rabbits Bite" article to find out why your bunny may bite.