Ask A Farmer: A Bunny for Easter?
Are you thinking about buying a cute little bunny for your child this Easter? Here are a few very important things you should consider first!
The fuzzy little bunny you buy for Easter won’t stay small forever. It will soon grow into a full size rabbit. It is important to make sure your family won’t lose interest in the rabbit once the novelty of the “Easter Bunny” wears off as a rabbit can live up to 10 years!
Like any pet, a bunny requires daily care which includes the following:
You will need to buy special rabbit food, water bottle or bowl, shavings and grass hay. You can find these provisions at a local pet store or Agway. Bunnies also enjoy the occasional treat such as carrots and banana chips! Rabbits need fresh grain and water available to them at all times. They will eat and drink at will throughout the day.
A rabbit can safely live indoors in a cage, or outside in a hutch. The habitat needs to be big enough for the adult rabbit to hop around freely, and have ample light and ventilation. An outdoor hutch needs a weather proof roof, wire floor for manure and urine to drop through, and a wooden box for the rabbit to burrow in to stay warm and dry in bad weather. You will need to clean out the habitat several times each week, replacing the shavings and hay. You can purchase a bunny hutch or build you own. There are lots of DIY plans online similar to this one. Click here for a link to some hutch plans.
I would suggest you evaluate your home to figure out the best place for your bunny live. Do you have enough indoor or outdoor space for the cage or hutch? Is your space easily accessible and located near where you will store your supplies? If you have other pets, such as dogs and cats, you will want to make sure they will not disturb the rabbit cage. Dogs and cats are natural predators and can sometimes feel threatening to rabbits.
I believe that having a live animal to care for on a daily basis teaches children responsibility. At the same time, I urge you to make sure the entire family is well educated and has realistic expectations for the new addition to the family, as this rabbit with be with you for many years!
Do you have any rabbit care tips to add?