My Two Hungry Hoppers

June 16, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Hershey”

Piper and Hershey are my two super-eaters. While I often worry about the eating habits of their mates, I never have to fret over these guys. I sometimes wonder what they would be like if they were bonded. I imagine a lot of fighting over who gets the last few pellets in the bowl or the last piece of lettuce. Hershey is pretty bossy and Piper is so sweet. She’s also twice his size, but Hershey tends to use his small stature to his advantage. I don’t doubt that he would sneak underneath her to get a some food. Chow down babies!

Hare-Conditioning and Popsicles

May 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Snoopy”

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“Rusty”

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“Budgie”

We’re in the middle of a mini heatwave right now and all the buns in the house are relaxing just a little bit more than usual. We have the AC on, of course, and fortunately the sometimes noisy units don’t seem to bother any buns. Rusty has been sleeping on the couch, doesn’t he know hot air rises? Snoopy is sleeping under a table in the shade, and Budgie under a box. Not that there isn’t a lot of sun in the room, but at least they know where to keep cool. My own Piper has decided that she likes popsicles. She pulled a wrapper and the stick from one out of the garbage and started to eat the wooden stick. Silly girl!

 

Thanks Mom!

May 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

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“Hershey”

I’m back from my trip and my rabbits are somewhat happy to see me again. I don’t think Butterscotch and Hershey cared that I was gone, Piper didn’t seem to notice and Charlie was a little annoyed that I left him in the first place. My mom took great care of them though. It was so great to be able to enjoy myself knowing they were in her expert care. For mother’s day tomorrow, I’ll be taking over all the rabbit duties to give her a break. Litter boxes, laundry, and greens cleaning awaits!

Charlie may be a fussy little guy and required a lot of attention, but he’s got my mom “trained” too so she knows just how he likes everything. Some rabbits are very particular about their food for example, and will not eat if something is not right. Those are the rabbits you have to watch out for since they may be more prone to illness due to stress. My big girl Piper is the opposite and will eat just about anyway that is physically possible for her to do. I didn’t worry about her at all since she’s so easygoing. Maybe some of her mellow will rib off on my Charlie.

Vegetable Connoisseurs

May 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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“Charlie & Piper”

Lately my boys downstairs, Butterscotch and Hershey, have been very picky about their greens. It’s the same stuff they usually get, but for the last week they’ve been taking much longer to eat everything. Upstairs, Charlie and Piper, are chowing down their veggies just fine, so it’s not the greens. Once my boys gobble up all the parsley, they let the rest sit for a while longer before coming back to finish. My boys can certainly be odd sometimes.

I’m going away on vacation tomorrow but the Kronenbuns will be well taken care of. This is the first time I’ve gone away since I got Piper, so I hope she’ll be okay without me (i.e. I’m going to miss her and her brothers terribly!) I’m sure Charlie will very cross with me when I return, as he usually is when I go on vacation. I’ll have to have treats ready!

24-Hour Freedom!

May 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Charlie”

A few days ago I started letting my Piper stay out with my Charlie all day long. She used to still be penned into half of the room for 2 hours in the evening, but the fence has come down and she gets to roam free all day. I still have to separate them to feed Charlie, so I lure her into the hallway and close Charlie in the room for 10-15 min intervals throughout the day while he eats. I’m still getting them used to this new routine and the first couple of nights Piper did want to come back into the room at bedtime. “I’m gonna stay up late now!” I still close them in the room overnight, but Piper was much more interested in sitting at the top of the stairs, looking down at her brother bunnies below.

Temperature Taking Tantrums

April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

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“Piper & Charlie”

My Butterscotch had another bout of stasis on Tuesday, but is feeling better now. We had cleaned his room earlier in the day and think that may have caused it. Stress is a common cause of GI stasis, and changing out everything in his room could certainly be stressful for the little guy. He took a little longer to recover than usual, about 6 hours and still was not totally back to normal the next day. He got the usual course of Metacam, Simethicone and Reglan and continued to get a dose of Reglan twice a day for two after. Fortunately, he likes that well enough that I can just put some in a dish and he licks it right up.

Butterscotch’s temperature did get a little low so I put him in his carrier on a heating pad on low for an hour, and he stayed warm after. He is much more difficult to take a temperature with than my Charlie. He clenches down and fights the thermometer that I know I’m always getting a lower reading than I should be. I follow this guide, but some rabbits are more cooperative than others.

We clipped my Piper’s nail yesterday, and she is not happy about it. I also thought I should see if she would cooperate with temperature taking, in case we someday need to do that with her. Well, she was not having any of that! She fussed and kicked so much the two times that I tried that we gave up. I didn’t even have the thermometer in my hand, but my hand was enough to upset her. Baby steps, we’ll try again next nail clipping.

Hoppy Easter from the Kronenbuns!

April 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Piper & Charlie”

 

Typing Speed Limit

April 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Glenda”

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“Piper”

I was typing fast yesterday and I have a mechanical keyboard so it tends to go clackity-clack, and my Piper did NOT like it. She jumped out of the litter box with hay still tucked into her mouth and thumped at me. Sorry girl! I guess I have to type a little slower!

Glenda is so sweet about asking for petting. She hops over to me and just puts her head under my foot. Sometimes I don’t realize she’s there right away, but she just lays down and waits for me to get the hint. She’ll stay there for a long time once I start petting her, but she doesn’t purr very much. I know she’s enjoying it though because if I stop, she moves her head to wherever my hand goes!

Mamma’s Home!

March 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Charlie & Piper”

My mom was away for several days this week, and when she came home yesterday, my Piper was a little upset. She started thumping when she heard her voice from across the hall. I guess she’d gotten used to her not being around and was startled to see her again. Charlie is totally used to people coming and going at this point and didn’t even seem to notice that she was gone or that she was back.

Stella bun is getting ready to go home today, but hopped up the top of the couch last night for the first (that I know of) time. She has been spotted on the couch, but only when I’m not in the pen with her. She’s s big girl, so she’s certainly capable, but like most bunnies, she’s happier on the ground.

Irish Bunnies

March 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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St Patrick's Day

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“Stella”

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and I’m 15% Irish, so I guess that makes my buns Irish too. That would explain why they love clover so much! I have a funny feeling that rabbits of any culture wouldn’t turn down a fresh or dried clover stick though.

Stella bunny certainly doesn’t turn down clover. She’s such a good eater that she doesn’t turn down any food at all. My Charlie had a bout of stasis this week and it’s always tough to diagnose with him since he’s such a fussy eater. He’s almost back to normal now, and that means begging for pellets and keeping Piper from stealing them.

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