As I have mentioned before , I just got two floppies last night, and they are awesome! A brown floppy male, Thumper, and a Grey floppy female, Flower. At first I put them in the same cage to sleep so they could keep eachother company, but they seemed to be annoying one another..maybe they were just playing, I'm not sure, so I split them up..two seperate cages to sleep in. During the day when they weren't out and playing I put them in the same cage because they wanted to be around eachother..they were fine. Should I be seperating them at night or no? Also, they are very friendly and tame so I let them loose in my room, they are fine..of course I keep an eye on them to be sure they are safe, and nothing gets damaged..but it's beautiful outside and I decided to let them hop around the yard! They really had fun playing, I have a 2 y/o neice and she adores them, so they got plenty of excersise and playtime with eachother! My yard is fenced in so they cannot get out, but is there any other dangers I may not be aware of? I do plan on getting them a play pen for outside, because I have a dog also..the dog does not try to harm them, but just to be 100% sure I don't want them always having free roam..also because I have a small pond..not sure if bunnies are wise enough to stay out! As of right now they do not have a hutch to sleep in outside, but I will be getting one soon. I couldn't tell you the ages of them, some strangers didn't want them, and brought them into a petstore..and I know the manager there, she knew I wanted bunnies..so she gave them to me instead of selling them. I do not believe they are spayed/neutured..but they will be if they aren't...I don't need baby bunnies everywhere! lol Sorry that didn't help much.
BTW- they won't be out unsupervised..Hawks..and ect, I had an issue with them when I lived in MA, they were always after my chickens!
And I'm going to sched. a vet appointment as soon as I find out if my vet will see rabbits if not I can find one in the area.
Any advice at all will be greatly appreciated !
***Edited By: bunbun3 on 6/14/2006 12:40:45 AM*** Reason: to add
IMO I wouldn't suggest an outside hutch to sleep in, since rabbits can get mites, skin infections, along with other things. Sometimes the mites that they carry can cause allergies or other reactions to humans. This is from a personal experience. I bought Morgan the cutest little bunny from a pet store, and she was intended to be an indoor pet. At the time we had plenty of room for her cage and toys, but once I got my own house we were kind of squeezed for room. Honey's cage had to be kept on the floor in the bedroom (which I shared with the girls) since there was no room anywhere else for it. We never had a problem with her biteing, but I guess the change upset her as she decided to bite Makenzie one day! She tore a huge chunk out of her finger! Ultmatley Honey went outside in a hutch. Of course we would bring her in to play, untill she got fleas, and mites. Makenzie developed a rash on her face and arms after coming in contact with honey. I didn't link the two for about a month, since the pediatrician had no clue what was causing the rash, and never asked about animals in the home. It wasn't untill Honey went to the vet for her ears. Makenzie was with me and she had a slight rash started on her arm. The vet asked about it, I told him we couldn't pin point it, but he knew who was causing it. Eventually we rehomed Honey. I was told that once they get mites, it nearly impossible to get rid of them, I don't know myself. Also if your rabbits are going to live outside make sure they get rabbies vacs.
bunbun3 males are naturally aggressive towards one another. I would suggest keeping them seperate when not under direct supervision & at night. I read that having them fixed could help (but not eliminate) the problem. On another note, are you sure that they've been sexed by a reliable individual. I only ask because I bought two males who had a litter in a few days. One had been miss-sexed. This is not a good thing to be surprised with, because baby bunnies have a high mortality rate (from pneumonia and the parents themselves). We lost our entire suprise litter. We had a healthy litter 31 days later after extensive research on baby bunnies. Then we had all our males fixed and keep them usually seperate. bunnyrabs
Now I've never had flop rabbitts, but we had New Zealand Rabbits when I was a kid. We kept them all together, in a really large hutch. Maybe if the cage for them was bigger? They could stay together. Just get the male fixed.
I grew up with rabbits. I had a floppy named flopsy (male) and an all-white female named snowflake. Once they were together she never stopped having babies! We had them outside in the summer in a huge pen/cage where they could play. You could get one of those. If you let them play togther make sure you watch them, or you'll have babies everywhere before you know it. :)