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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > She likes treats to much...
Last Post by Elrohwen at 8/26/2012 10:48 AM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline LaylaRabbit
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8/25/2012 5:10 AM

So as you know, I was having trouble getting the bunnies into their room. So I decided to try a reward system. Just some little wheat cheerio like snacks.Ive noticed since i started giving them, Flower is now following me around which is cute but the bad side is, when i give Rosie one, Flower will try to take it out of my hand or even out of Rosie's mouth!  I've been think about cutting the treats completly but then again, I will be stuck with no way to get them into their room. any ideas? should i give them to them separably?


User is Offline peppypoo
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8/25/2012 6:56 AM
There's no need to cut out treats entirely...maybe you can gently move Flower aside for half a second when Rosie gets her treat so that Flower can't take it away.

However, I'd encourage you to look into different treats...wheat cheerios are not the best for bunnies. There are a variety of healthy treats that you can give, and many people actually make their own treats. If you want suggestions just ask!
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline tobyluv
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8/25/2012 12:55 PM
If your bunnies have a favorite veggie, you could use that as a treat. Don't give it to them in the normal course of the day, but save it for when you want them back in their room. You could also use a favorite fruit as a reward.

User is Offline LaylaRabbit
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8/25/2012 4:24 PM
theyre to young to eat veggies yet but im not sure about the fruit. Is there a certain age they have to be before they can eat fruit too?

User is Offline LaylaRabbit
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8/25/2012 4:27 PM

 Theyre not old enough for veggies yet. Is there an age they have to be before they can eat fruit?

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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8/25/2012 7:03 PM

They're too young too have the amount of veggies that adult rabbits are given, but it's okay to give them tiny bits of fruit or vegetable. There's a list here on BinkyBunny of rabbit safe fruits and veggies. Other suggestions for treats could be papaya tablets, craisins, raisins, or other treats that are sold at trustworthy places like BB. Bits of carrot also make good treats as carrots are too sugary to feed all the time. Just be sure to only give a new food every couple days or so rather than a bunch of new foods at the same time to make sure that each new treat isn't too hard on your bunnies' tummies. 

Foods that are not safe to give to rabbits are yogurt drops (even though they're sold as rabbit treats), any dairy, cookies, cereal, bread, crackers, anything with nuts or seeds (even though those are also sold as rabbit treats), ect. Basically most human foods besides fruits and veggies, they can cause G.I. Stasis.

RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline Beka27
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8/26/2012 3:44 AM
As far as one taking a treat from the other, we have to give our female rabbit a treat first and then give our male a treat, otherwise she'll snatch the treat right out of Max's mouth. Giving it to her first has worked well and gives Max time to enjoy his. The best way to do this is to have two in your hand ready to go.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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8/26/2012 10:48 AM
I agree with having two treats ready to go at a time. My girl will always take the treat first and will lunge at my boy if she thinks he has a treat she could take from him. It's normal.

I also agree on not giving cheerios - bunnies don't digest wheat well. Stick to small pieces of fruit or veggies. Dried fruit is also good. Just because they're young doesn't mean you can't give them small pieces as a treat. The rule about feeding veggies isn't because their digestive system magically changes around 12 weeks. The rule is just there because young rabbits have sensitive digestive systems and if they didn't grow up eating veggies with their mom (many don't) they will probably need an adjustment period to get used to them. Giving small pieces at a young age will help them adjust slowly, so it's not a problem.
- Elrohwen
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