Hey everyone here on BB! I had a friend who is a bunny slave as well direct me to this website, and finally found the time to join and write a little introduction. My name is Courtney, and I live currently in Denver, CO. I have a small herd of "furry children", but never thought I'd be adding a bunny to that number - that is, until my best friend and roommate mentioned that a coworker of hers had a baby bunny she had purchased from a couple children at a local fair, and was keeping him in a laundry basket! The coworker bought the bunny because she had felt bad for it, but had no idea how to take care of it, and was more than relieved when we offered to take it for her. I had fostered animals in the past (started out with cats and dogs, but most of my experience was with small animals like rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc) and had fostered a few bunnies, so I thought 'heck, I'll just foster him and find him a good home, no worries!'
Now it's three months later and the dang bun has taken over my heart and my room. <3
I'm not any sort of expert on rabbits, so I'm not sure on his mix of breeds. My bun's name is Mr. Tumnus, although his friends just call him Tumnus. He's a smallish guy, probably about 6 months old now (to everyone's best guess). I'm guessing he's some sort of dwarf/lionhead/lop mix, and I believe (correct me if I'm wrong), his coloring looks a bit like some pictures I've seen of black otter color/markings. He's now neutered (a week ago) and thankfully is healing VERY well - also, I managed to find a wonderful low cost spay/neuter place that does rabbit fixin's for only $75, whoohoo!
I don't think Tumnus was socialized a whole lot as a baby bunny, as he doesn't really enjoy being picked up or lifted off the ground at all. He's what the spay/neuter vet called "a kicker", and although he's not mean or anything like that, it's easy to tell he's uncomfortable with it and prefers to have solid ground under him. He'll stay pretty still in your arms when he's picked up, but I'm not sure on how to get him more comfortable besides handling him more often. He is pretty spunky and somewhat independent right now, and definitely enjoys his playtime - he LOVES to binky and basically fly through the air and run around at the speed of light. He'll come up to me without fear or anything like that, and loves to crawl and hop all over me when I'm on the ground with him. Tumnus and my largest dog Milo, who is a Golden Retriever/Irish Setter mix and absolutely the most soft-hearted dog I've ever met, are such good buddies and the bun has great fun chasing Milo around and jumping all over him.
I've been wondering if some rabbits are bigger eaters than others, as I feel while he always eats and never has had any health concerns yet, I don't feel like he's a very big eater. Also, what age should I be limiting his food? Right now, he's still getting as much pellets, veggies, and hay as he wants. I know hay is one of things they can have as much as they want of, but when should he be considered an "adult" and only get so much pellets (and veggies?) a day?
I plan on showing pictures on the forum later of his current condo (built him a c&c condo type cage) and all that, but figured it'd be best to introduce me and my bun first. Here's some pictures of the little monster! He's got some crazy hair happening lately - a mohawk turned into some weird type of mullet, lol!
eating some nommy greens
Bun Air, coming in for the landing!