Gooden Fluffy Hollands NC
Registered ARBA Member #GOODRO03
Registered ARBA Rabbitry #D8944
Founded January 2018
How We Raise Rabbits
We try to have at least two or three litters a month depending on demand.
Our kits (babies) eat unlimited Small Pet Select oat, some alfalfa, and Timothy hay. I provide Oxbow Essentials Young rabbit alfalfa-based pellets with oat and Timothy hay. On occassion, for bonding purposes, I'll give alfalfa hay. It is difficult to wean rabbits from alfalfa hay and it can be too protein and calcium rich and upset some rabbits's tummies, so I no longer give this 3x weekly.
Rabbits of all ages need an unlimited supply of hay. (I have provided links on where to find and order this food on the Recommended Supply List page). If they are not eating enough hay, limit pellets~perhaps a 1/2 cup a day vs. unlimited. Rabbits must eat a big ball of hay that is the same size as they are daily. They would prefer to eat pellets over hay but it is important for them to eat enough hay for gut health and to avoid GI Stasis, as well as grinding down their constantly growing teeth.) There are articles and videos on various types of hay and why rabbits need it to survive on the Rabbication page.
According to a lot of research, you may begin to slowly introduce veggies to your rabbit as early as three months. But we have already introduced them so, if you like, you may feed your bunny 1/2 cup of veggies. They get these in the morning. I have provided articles on how to introduce veggies safely on the Rabbication page, as well as other helpful information necessary to be a successful rabbit owner. Click the Veggie Page button below for menu ideas!
They learn to become potty trained from the adults. We hang their hay and food above our homemade grated potty trays because they poop where they eat (We sell large cat-sized grated potties for $30, medium sized ones for $25 and small ones for $15~order ahead to have one made for your baby). When they pee while they eat, they smell it later and realize that is where they are to go. There are more potty training videos and articles on the Rabbication page.
For exercise, we take them to their enclosed pens outside, safe from predators, given that the weather is nice. During our days off, they enjoy about 3-5 hours outside. They get to dig, eat grass, run, jump, relax, and visit with the others. We comb them with a long hair flea comb after outside fun to prevent fleas from infesting them. In the summer, when it’s above 85, we bring them indoors. The rest of the year they live on our porches with plenty of space and a hutch. Some of them have their own little yard. They thrive during the colder months and don’t seem to mind it.
We socialize the kits each night, and a lot of time and effort goes into creating the pet that is minimally skittish and more friendly. This is a lot of work but it is very rewarding to be able to provide a pet rabbit that wants to spend time with you. There are articles and videos on how to bond with your new bunny on the Rabbication page. They go to their furever homes after they are 8 weeks old.
Each morning, our adults get fed 1 cup of 3 different leafy greens (Spring mix, Romaine, green leaf or red leaf lettuce, cilantro, collards or kale 1-2x a week, turnip greens, Brussel sprouts, or broccoli) 2 different veggies (sweet or bell peppers and celery), and no more than 2 tbs. of fruit, blueberries and/or carrots. At night, they eat 1/4 cup (in the summer) of Oxbow Essentials Adult Timothy based pellets. They eat 1/3 cup of pellets during the winter if outside. They also enjoy unlimited oat, orchard grass, and Timothy 2nd and 3rd cutting hays from Small Pet Select. See the Veggie Page for a full menu!