Bachelor Bun Eating Habits

November 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Annie & Toby”

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“Penny”

Toby seems to have joined some of the other buns in my house with taking longer to eat his greens and pellets lately. Maybe I hit a patch of hay with lots of clover and now everybun is filling up on that? I don’t know, but at least they are all eating, even if it takes them a little longer. Single buns like Toby and my foster bun Cameron can do that, but my Charlie and Butterscotch have mates that would eat their food while they’re thinking about whether or not they’re hungry. I imagine Toby’s sisters, Penny and Annie would gobble up all of his food if they were bonded, given how quickly the pair of them inhale their food every day. Sometimes the life of a bachelor bunny isn’t so bad, at least your food will always be where you left it!

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Is it Stasis? Sound the Thump-alarm!

November 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Annie”

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“Penny”

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“Toby”

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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

Last night, two days after my Butterscotch had another flare up of stasis, we think our Hershey was also going into stasis. It’s tougher to tell with him because he’s a tough little dude, but of course it was right before bedtime so you can’t just “wait an hour and see if he eats.” We medicated him with the usual gas drops, Reglan for gut motility and Metacam for pain and took his temperature. He was a nice 101.6 so I put him back on the floor with his brother and checked back half an hour later. He was eating by then, so I’ll never know what was really going on with him, but it’s better to medicate early, just in case.

While this was all going on, Toby and my Butterscotch got into a thump war. They were each in an end table, so the sound of their thumps was amplified by the whole table. I think Toby was louder, but Butters doesn’t like to quit. Eventually everyone calmed down, even curious Annie, and they all went to bed. Well, at least the humans in the house, plus Penny, who likes to sleep under a big box at night. All buns are eating fine today so far, so it’s very mysterious. I have noticed that my Charlie and foster bun Cameron haven’t been eating as quickly or as much pellets as usual the last two days. Maybe they don’t like the weather!

Napping, Napping, Eating, and Napping

November 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Toby”

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“Annie”

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“Penny”

These three bunny siblings sure have made themselves comfy at camp. Penny likes sleeping up against the couch in her pen, Toby naps under an end table, and Annie’s favorite spot is under a cardboard candy box. Since bunny naps take up most of the day, that only really leaves them time for eating. That they all do at lightening speed! It’s always nice to have bunnies queued up to eat at mealtime, as opposed to having to hunt around for them, like they’re doing me a favor by eating. Some bunnies (my own) just have no manners!

“All Riled up Over Nuthin'”

November 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Penny”

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“Toby”

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“Annie”

Every time I go past the living room, Annie wakes up. If I enter the room, or go in the adjacent dining room, Annie jumps up onto the couch to see what’s going. “Food? Hay? Attention?” Then Toby realizes something is up, and he starting hopping around in his pen, jockeying for position. Of course, as soon as I go in the pen to sit with Annie, she jumps off of the couch and into the litter box. “I don’t have time for you, I’m on my own schedule!” Penny is the easy bun, very mellow. I just give her meds and food, and she’s content to nibble on hay and let the young-in’s get all riled up over nuthin’.

Annie 500

November 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Annie”

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“Penny”

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“Toby”

Annie was doing crazy runs on the couch last night. She just used the couch as part of her obstacle course. Jump on the couch, jump down, run around behind it, through the cardboard tube and in and out of the litter box! Toby always perks his head up when he hears her running around. “What dat? Oh it’s just my baby sister.” Penny isn’t bothered at all. As long as she has lots of hay to munch on, she’s content to nibble between napping.

The Double Nudge

November 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Toby”

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“Annie”

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“Penny”

Penny lolls her head over when she’s sleeping because of her limited mobility, but she looks so cute when she’s fast asleep. I’m sure she still runs real fast in her dreams! I got a couple of head pets in with Toby last night, which is about how much I’m likely to get. He always comes over and gives me a double nudge whenever I come in his pen. Annie let me have a little snuggle with her on the couch. My Butterscotch had a small bout of stasis last night, so I didn’t have much time to spend with all the buns. I always make sure every bunny gets a few head pets, especially our foster bun Cameron. He’s getting a little more social, and he’ll be begging for food and attention every time he sees me in no time!

Add 3 Bunnies for More Fun

November 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Penny”

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“Toby”

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“Annie”

Bunny siblings Penny, Annie & Toby are visiting us again. The girls are curious and exploring, and Toby is his usual suspicious self. I can leave the “windows” between their pens open all day since these buns know each other, even though they aren’t bonded. I know it makes Toby happier to be able to see them. Annie is happy to have the couch to play on, and Penny is happy to munch on her hay all day.

Petting & Snuggling

October 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Penny”

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“Annie”

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“Toby”

I had a nice long snuggle with Annie on the couch last night. Toby was watching us from his litter box for part of the time. He likes to sleep under the end table on the shelf, but when I come and sit in his pen and put my feet on the edge of the shelf, he hops out. “There’s only room for one of us on that shelf!” I gave Penny some more grooming and head pets. She’s a little more sedentary now so once she settles in for petting, she’s in it for a while!

Designated Thumper

October 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Toby”

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“Penny”

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“Annie”

Yesterday Toby let me pet him for a bit. He snuggled next to his litter box and let me get in a few head rubs. He’s a real sweetie once he warms up to you. He’s so very much like my Charlie, checking up on all the other buns. Annie is always jumping up onto the couch to see what’s happening and Toby can see her from the end of his pen. I’d imagine he’s telling her, “Be careful up there, Annie!” Penny is more sedentary as a nine-year old, but Toby makes sure that’s she’s okay, every time she comes over to the fence. He’s the designated thumper If there’s anything wrong, he sounds the alarm by thumping until a human comes to investigate.

More Hay, Please!

October 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Annie”

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“Toby”

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“Penny”

I just got a fresh bale of hay from our local Agway and the buns are all loving it so far. I think there might be some clover in it, but not so much that’s it’s an issue for my “diet” buns and my sludge-prone Charlie. It’s green and soft and not very dusty. The only problem I have with it now is that they keep gobbling it up and I have to keep putting down more! All four of my rabbits and all three of our visitors approve. I think Penny, Toby or Annie are pretty good about eating hay, but not all of my buns are. Charlie and Butterscotch (the stasis prone buns) do not really like hay, so I always try to have at least some good hay around for them. Sometimes that means bagged hay from Oxbow, or 3rd cut hay from Small Pet Select. Hay with clover is always welcomed, if I can get it.

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