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Comments On - Rabbit-keeping Basics


I chose Silver Fox rabbits for meat for several reasons. First, they are known for having a gentle disposition and as a beginner, I wanted easy to handle. Second, they are an American breed developed in an area geographically similar to mine so I knew they can handle the weather. The biggest con is that they are endangered or threatened so they can be hard to find but I feel they are worth it.
Christy, Joliet, IL
Posted: 11/30/2014 2:44:31 PM
am a ugandan, starting in the next 2weeks, my hutch is ready. p'se suggest the breed of rabbits i sh'd keep for meet.
stanley, International
Posted: 8/17/2014 9:34:23 AM
Thanks for information about basics of rabbit keeping. Very helpful!
http://www.roysfarm.com/rabbit-farming/
Tanmay, International
Posted: 4/7/2014 8:39:12 AM
I'm curious about rabbits although I've never raised them before. Can you suggest a good breed of rabbit for beginners?
Garet, Nashville, TN
Posted: 4/2/2014 10:20:57 AM
Great info.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 3/27/2014 6:21:28 AM
Books. They LOVE to chew on books. We had to pay for a library book our rabbit munched. Most embarrassing.
Nat, Orange, CA
Posted: 2/12/2014 8:23:29 PM
Thanks for the info!
Greg, Hampstead, MD
Posted: 10/24/2013 6:26:44 PM
Good to know
a', Houston, TX
Posted: 9/19/2013 6:53:03 AM
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT KIND OF RABBIT THIS IS? my rabbit looks EXACTLY like those and i have been desperate to find out what breed he is.
StealthFox, greenville, SC
Posted: 6/16/2013 3:11:55 AM
Lots of responsibility too.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/29/2013 4:10:36 AM
Fun to do!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/29/2013 4:08:59 AM
My boys used to raise rabbits when they were little... A very good way to teach responsibility... although Grandpa enjoyed putting those foil chocolate Easter eggs in the nest boxes LOL
Lorna, International
Posted: 5/17/2013 5:48:44 PM
Cute!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/28/2013 11:38:43 PM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 2/12/2013 7:03:50 AM
just to clarify my posting of 1:47:40 pm. The rabbits that I had as a child were the ones kept outside and killed by a strange dog that wondered into our backyard. The rabbits that I had as an adult in the city I took outside often, if the weather was fair. they walked very well on leashes and enjoyed sitting on the grass in the park.
Helene, New York, NY
Posted: 1/11/2012 1:50:06 PM
Until I got my first and current dog in 2003, I always had rabbits as pets and they are terrific, especially if you live in a small apartment. They are quiet and clean, very playful and quite loving. If you only get one however, you need to make sure that you play with it a lot as they need to bond and be close. If you get two rabbits they won't be as interested in you but they will be very happy. They are easily trained to go in a litter box. However, the only tricky part of rabbit ownership is protecting your house from nibbling. A good cure for that is to build your rabbit a little private house out of wood with a small entrance and a wooden shelf. Fill this house with lots of healthy and solid chew toys. This way the rabbit will feel secure and also have enough to chew on. Their need to chew is very important or else there teeth will continue to grow. I've seen rabbits at the vet who have to come in regularly to have their teeth ground down! I don't recommend keeping your rabbits outside if they are pets. My rabbits were killed after a lab from the neighborhood broke into their hutch and carried them away in his mouth.

I wish I still had rabbits but my dog keeps me busy and I travel a lot. Hopefully I'll be able to get them again in the future. Enjoy them if you do decide to get some as pets!
Helene, New York, NY
Posted: 1/11/2012 1:47:40 PM
The more I read and watch about rabbits, the more I think I'm going to give them a try.
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 12/9/2011 12:25:40 AM
My husband is considering rabbits.
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 7/24/2011 8:14:20 AM
I have found that rabbits are the easiest of animals to take care, only earthworms are easier. They are personable, quiet, clean and give the best fertilizer in return for some good food.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 4/24/2011 10:53:16 PM
My Grandparents always had bunnies. I am thinking about getting some. Thanks for the info
Missy, Hollidaysburg, PA
Posted: 3/9/2011 6:00:02 PM
I like your article... My two cents for anyone thinking about keeping rabbits is that they are very sociable creatures, so it might be a good idea to have more than one. Also, the bucks are much happier when neutered (if you don't need them for breeding) and also MUCH easier to train to a litter box. The supervised exercise is a must... we have them in a hutch at night and a closed 12 x 6' wire run for at least 6-8 hours during the day. We have a tarp on top of the run because they don't like to get wet. BTW any cat vet will neuter your rabbits for roughly half of what other vets charge.
Amy, Columbia, SC
Posted: 12/13/2010 12:17:58 PM
Rabbits kept outdoors can be subject to attack or harrassment by wild critters. Even if they are physically harmed, the rabbits can die from fright. Rabbits need to have solid flooring in their enclosures; wire and mesh can cause foot damage, including breakage. Rabbits kept healthy and safe can live 8-10 years or longer. They are a committment. The House Rabbit Society has a robust website and local chapters that provide information, classes and adoptions.
Karen Siverson, Concord, CA
Posted: 12/9/2010 9:38:26 AM
Rabbits and large dogs don't mix too well. Bach enjoys chasing anything on 4 feet.
Bill, Newburgh, IN
Posted: 12/4/2010 7:09:02 AM
Rabbits are fun, personable and friendly pets. They provided great garden additives and compost pile materials. They are relatively inexpensive to raise and will eat much of your garden fodder. They also taste very good. Great all-around addition to the urban farm.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 10/17/2010 5:39:12 PM
I own a house in Tennessee with cotton tial rabbits running around the property, I plan on gardening when I actually move there how do I prevent the rabbits from eating my vegetables
dave, milpitas, CA
Posted: 9/12/2010 7:19:44 AM
Good info...rabbits are a bit of work, but well worth it! Feeding a variety of fresh leafy veggies keeps them happy and their urine less smelly. Mine appreciate a bite of banana or other fruit everyday as well! :)
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 6/28/2010 11:14:39 AM
Hi, we keep 2 does and 2 bucks (New Zealand and Californian) in a suburban city near Detroit. They are work, but it is one of the few livestock animals we are allowed in the city. It is very rewarding to keep these awesome pets!
Carrie, Center Line, MI
Posted: 5/18/2010 12:08:29 PM
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