So this bunny was put up for free on the farm & garden section of craigslist, I just started working at a rabbit rescue so a friend emailed me the ad thinking that I could help. I got in touch with the owner and picked him up yesterday, there's a big possibility that I might keep him (depends on how he ends up doing with my other pets) but if not I'll foster until a great home comes along.
He is close to three years, the owner thought he was actually a girl but we found out yesterday that he's very much a boy lol we're on the waiting list to have him neutered with a vet the rescue really trusts, I'm not in a big hurry to fix him because I want him to be a little bit more settled in before I go and stress him out even more. He's been an outdoors only bunny his entire life and has never had any hay, the previous owner had him on pellet and fresh greens buffet diet and the reason he ended up being rehomed was because he started digging him self out of their backyard and visiting the neighbors.
I'm having issues with getting him to eat, he plays with the hay a bit but won't really do more than nibble at it but any pellets or greens I give him are gone in a blink. I brought home orchard grass, oat hay, alfalfa and some sort of botanical mix that is basically timothy with rose petals and he's not really eating any of it. I'm not sure of what to do next, I don't want him to into stasis but I also want to get him into a good diet. For now I'm free feeding pellets, giving veggies 2-3 times a day and having hay available. I also brought home some critical care and a syringe just in case.
My other problem is that he seems terrified of everything here. At his previous owner's place he was very outgoing, very active, used to cats, and pretty people friendly. Here I've yet to see him leave the litter box during the day, he set up camp on it as soon as I put him in the run ( I have him in my kitchen in a large dog x-pen), I hear him dig and move the hay around but that's about it. At night he seems to be a little more active (judging by the small trail of poos). He has a big box to use as a hidey, but won't go inside it.
I'm not sure how to make him confortable. I live by my self but have two cats and a dog. I try not to bother him and neither my cats or dog are showing any interest in him either. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!