This first time doe made a lovely nest and gave birth to six healthy kits. She's doing a great job of taking care of them as well.
Quickly changing weather patterns can wreak havoc on bunnies, so I chose to send all my young rabbits to the pet store on Monday. I wanted them into a brick and mortar building with a more consistent temperature.
LilyFlower x SparksBranch, born Nov 15. Nice young boys. Both are tort otters.
This young tort from BrightSong and BonFire from Nov.11, 2017 was a sweet boy.
Bonnet's four boys from Bonfire (nov 29) were as cute as a wink, and should find new homes quickly.
Sometimes one doesn't have access to an all wire carrier OR you need something that will house a rabbit differently over a few days.
Enter in the Rubbermaid Carrier.
Rubbermaid carrier are fairly easy to do. You need some decent tools.
A sharp knife
Drill with two different sizes bits
Measure out where you want your wire to go. Cut your wire to the appropriate size. Hold it up where you are going to place it and trace around the outside with a dark marker. Measure in about 1.5 cm in from the wire edge, this is where you will cut the opening.
Use The bigger bit to make a hole big enough for the jigsaw blade to fit through. Use a narrow blade.
Go slowly and don't be surprised if you can only do one cut or possibly two, depends on the thickness of your rubbermaid container. Mine were fairly thin, so we made one cut with the jigsaw and cut the rest with a very sharp knife.
Once you have the plastic cut, use a drill bit just big enough for your ziptie to go through and drill all around your marked line for the wire. We marked where we drilled with the ziptie, and drill two holes, one on each side of the dark line (where the wire will be placed).
Put the wire on the INSIDE of the carrier to prevent rabbit from nibbling on the plastic. Then trim the ziptie ends short.
When you are done you will have a carrier that will work as an emergency bunny nesting site in the winter, as a carrier to take to shows or to just transport a rabbit.
In this particular case the carrier cost us $6.oo. We already had all the supplies.
Fit the rabbit to the box. This rubbermaid carrier will fit a rabbit up to 3 lbs, after that you will be looking into larger rubbermaid containers.
You can make them so they open from the side AND the top. If you are confident in your abilities you could wire on two sides. They are stackable if you need to bring in more than one rabbit in the winter.
I made this one to transport a small rabbit that had to sit for a week at a transporters home without having to worry if the carrier didn't come home. BUT with the view in mind of living in southwestern Ontario and occasionally having to bring kindling does in the house during hard cold spells.
This could also be used as a guinea pig or other small animal carrier. Change the size of the wire as needed.
Picked up while I was at a family dinner in Drayton SunShine is off to a home in Mississauga. Hopefully she wil have a good life there and enjoy her life with a teenage boy. SunnyRock x BonFire. kindled: around Nov. 15/16
Q-ball, brother to SunShine above is off to a new home in London. He's a sweet boy who should make a good pet for his new family. SunnyRock x BonFire. kindled: around Nov. 15/16
BrightSong's boy out of BonFire went off to his new home in London tonight. A bright eager young couple were looking for a companion for their current rabbit. Born on November 11.
DropPatch x Baccia, born Oct. 14, 2016. A young male. Sold today into a London home. I nicknamed him SnuggleBum.
LilyFlower x SparksBranch, born November 15, 2016. Female. Off to a breeder home in Listowel.
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.