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User is Offline MrCuddles
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8/14/2012 9:05 PM

Hi my name is Yani and I live in Australia.

I recently( 3 days ago) got Netherlands dwarf, who is apparently 6 weeks old.

I named him Mr.Cuddles. I know it's a mildly silly name but he has a habbit of running up your body( if you put him on your lap) and snuggling into your neck. It seemed fitting.

I got him from a shop where they seemed to have no idea about bunnies, they had no hay to eat and they're feed was a muesli type thing. He also has fleas. I'm taking him for his first vet appointment to get him all fixed up...

So hello from me and mr cuddles and expect to see a lot more of us as this is my first bunny.

Any advice for first timers is welcome.


User is Offline CinnabunMom
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8/15/2012 3:56 AM
Welcome to BB! Feel free top post pics! Make sure you and your vet talk about proper diet since he's a bit young (normal age for separation from mommy bunny is 8 weeks).
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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8/15/2012 7:17 PM
Welcome to BB I agree with Cinnabun, 6 weeks is a little young so you want to make sure everything is okay and what kind of diet, ect. Definitely come here if you have any questions! It sounds like you're going to be a great first time bunny owner, the best thing you can do is research!
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User is Offline Mimzy
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8/15/2012 8:45 PM
I think I've seen mention quite a bit lately on these forums that they sell bunnies at 6 weeks old in australia. Even where I am, the bunnies in pet stores seem tiny enough to be 6 weeks, definitely not big enough to be away from mommy.

But anyway! Welcome to BB and being a bunny slave Get as much info from your vet as possible, I'm hoping Mr. Cuddles turns out to be very healthy! Tell those fleas their lease is up!
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User is Offline Toady
NSW, Australia
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8/15/2012 10:19 PM
I find that strange Mimzy as a lot of registered breeder websites here in Australia say that baby bunnies aren't to go before they turn 8 weeks old (although I saw a few exceptions, especially if the baby was going to another breeder) but we all know what pet shops are like.

And welcome Yani and Mr Cuddles

User is Offline MrCuddles
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8/16/2012 3:54 AM
i was concerned as well about his age but according to this http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/pets/choo.../pet-shops it's above the legal age.....still he's very small and won't eat any hay whatsoever which is worrying! To be fair, i have no idea if that's his actual age or his breed...pet shops can be a bit dodgy!

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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8/16/2012 4:29 AM
It may be the legal age, but it doesn't mean that it's safe. Remember: pets stores have to turn a profit, so the faster they can put out a product the better.
With that said, it's true that the pet store may not know at all.
What kind of hay are you feeding the bun? Have you tried different brands/types?
Also if you post a pic, someone here could probably give you some insight into the breed. (plus we all love a cute pic!)
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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8/16/2012 6:57 PM
If he doesn't seem like he's interested much in his hay you can try different types of grass hay. Timothy, orchard, oat, meadow, and bermuda are all options. Since he is a baby he can also have alfalfa hay if his pellet isn't alfalfa based, but around a year old he would need to switch to grass hay. What kind of pellet and hay do you have him on? You can also try hay cubes or hay that has herbs in it to make it more enticing (such as Oxbow's Botanical hay), just avoid any hay with other things added to it besides herbs such as sweet potato, seeds, nuts, or fruit chunks (fruit is okay for rabbits in small amounts but too sugary to be fed all the time).

Also, at his vet appointment make sure your vet uses a special tool to check his back teeth. If he has any tooth problems it's important that they get caught early on. (Though it is unlikely he would have one just yet, that could be a possibility for why he doesn't eat much hay). Are you planning on having him neutered when he gets old enough? I second the pic request, I'm sure he's a cutie
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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8/17/2012 5:41 AM
Here in Missourri the state law is they have to be a minimum of 8 weeks old before being allowed to be sold by anyone Shops or breeders. I still think 10 weeks is better to ensure that baby is well weaned off mummy
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