A Bunny Status Report

I haven’t been talk­ing about our bun­nies late­ly and it isn’t for a lack of things to say!! We have been busi­ly get­ting them set up in a new, more secure spot! We start­ed work on rebuild­ing & secur­ing their area way back in the sum­mer. As the days short­ened and the tem­per­a­tures became cool­er, we had to real­ly pick up the pace. While work was under­way, the bun­nies stayed in my cli­mate-con­trolled pot­ting shed — and I knew if we didn’t hus­tle, they wouldn’t get their win­ter coats. 

Thank­ful­ly, the fall was mild and by late Octo­ber, the bun­nies were all moved in. We are real­ly enjoy­ing have them back out­side where we can eas­i­ly keep an eye on them.  And they are lov­ing it even more, I am cer­tain!

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The bun­nies are now all cozy in a new, large enclo­sure. In addi­tion to repair­ing the orig­i­nal hutch, we built a sec­ond hutch; now there is a “boy cab­in” and a “girl cab­in”. The boy’s cab­in has a divider in the mid­dle, sep­a­rat­ing our 2 frisky bucks. But the girls have one giant ((non-divid­ed)) hutch.

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Zero ((above)), our sable Lion­head buck, can be seen in his spot — all hap­py with his lit­tle tim­o­thy hay mat and bee­hive bun­ny home. 

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The boys are by far the most docile of our four — we can eas­i­ly reach out and pick them up & they love to be pet­ted. They even come up to me and rub against me until I reach down and give them a rub down.

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Through­out the year, we bring the bun­nies into our home, let­ting them “free-range” hop or free-range snug­gle! ((Gra­cie had the idea of let­ting him hop in the show­er — my clean-freak ten­den­cies thought her idea was excel­lent!

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I don’t like to bring them in too often in the win­ter because I am afraid it may make the out­doors seem even cold­er.

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But this hand­some fel­la is hard to resist!

Speak­ing of cold, when the win­ter tem­per­a­tures drop below 30°, we bring the bun­nies inside our garage ((where temps hov­er at about 45°)). I often have peo­ple ask­ing what we do about freez­ing temps, bad weath­er etc. and we always pro­tect these guys. They come with us into our storm shel­ter if weath­er requires it and we bring them indoors — out of the frigid temps, severe storms etc & we will bring them in if temps are too high as well.

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Pol­ly & Ruby Grace have become fast friends, tol­er­at­ing each oth­er so well. As they devel­op — and as they become mom­mas, we are aware they may turn into “frien-emies” so we built their hutch in such a way that they can eas­i­ly be divid­ed if it becomes nec­es­sary.

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Speak­ing of becom­ing mom­mas — we hope to breed them in the ear­ly spring. Tim­ing is every­thing! So we are aim­ing to have a lit­ter come when the nights no longer drop below 50°. If a baby or a few babies get out of the nest at night and mom­ma ignores them, a cold winter’s night would be the end ((sniff)). So, warmer nights give us a lit­tle grace until we fig­ure out what kind of mom­mas we have on our hands.

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Oh, and in case you haven’t met the bun­nies — this ((above)) is Pol­ly. She is a gor­geous black otter ((name of her col­or­ing pat­tern)) Hol­land lop doe. She & King Louie ((the har­le­quin Hol­land lop buck pic­tured below)) are betrothed. 

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Which means Ruby Grace ((our black Lion­head lop mix)) & Zero are our oth­er hap­py cou­ple! Hope you enjoyed a lit­tle bun­ny update — stay tuned for some “baby” announce­ments!

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