look to all be red.
Okay, this was just funny. Keep those rabbits minding their manners! :)
I thought this an interesting article from the dog channel. . I'll include some excerpts below.
A recent visit to a breeders showcase, however, provided a shining example of how one organization, the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), celebrates its heritage, protects its interests, and encourages the participation of breeders and exhibitors, both young and young at heart. ARBA (not to be confused with the American Rare Breeds Association) held its 90th annual convention last October at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. The expansive facility, a popular site for many local all-breed dog shows, seemed both familiar and novel during my visit. Leporine (Latin for "rabbit”) shows, I can safely say, are at once reminiscent of and vastly different from most contemporary canine exhibitions in the US today.
Every rabbit show I've ever been at the youth have been encouraged to come. Some do it better than others.
The rabbits I saw filled me with a sense of awe, certainly, but even more amazing was the number of young people in attendance at this show. Teens and tweens were everywhere. At first I thought that the hundreds of kids milling about were school students on a field trip or a Sunday school outing. I quickly realized, however, that most of the youngsters were actually exhibitors with their rabbits entered at the show! In fact, it seemed that every rabbit at the convention had been entered by someone under 18 years of age.
Mentoring happens as well.
Every kid competing at ARBA events needs a solid foundation in order to succeed, and experienced breed mentors play a critical role in the lives of young rabbit enthusiasts, just as they do in the dog sport. At the convention, a healthy interaction of adults and children was evident throughout the Farm Show Complex.
There is much more to the article. I invite you to check it out. :)
Watching fecal output on animals tends to be something owners keep a watch on. BUT if you don't know what's normal, how do you know what is different?
I never thought of doing a post like this, but had my way pointed to a post someone else had done up and thought hey... neat idea. BUT I haven't done up a post NOR taken pictures of rabbit or guinea pig poop so I'll just like you to this post for now until I decide to do up a post of my own. :)
Guide to Rabbit Poop.
Had one of the pet stores I sell to the other day ask me if I had some guinea pigs or rabbits for them. I mentioned that I had some guinea pigs and they were delighted with the news. So off went five piggies to the store.
And their sister as well.
I sent along these two boys as well from Tempe.
If everyone watched this video very few people would own rabbits.
1. Rabbits are low maintenance.
2. Short Life Span
3. No Vet Care
4. Rabbit should be outdoors
5. Rabbits love to be picked up and cuddled
6. Rabbits okay eating only Pellets
7. Rabbits smell
8. Rabbits good for small apartments
9. Can't leave a rabbit for a week-end
Okay so let's address these comments
1. Rabbits are low maintenance. According to the speaker rabbits require more care than a large dog : Space cleaned, exercise, food. Hmm... seems the same as a large dog to me. Seriously. Rabbits... Clean the litter box, feed them, and if you have time, let them out to run around the place.
2. Rabbits have a short life span. As with any animal their life span can vary.. sometimes dependant on the care they receive, sometimes based on genetics. Oldest rabbit I had lived 13 years, youngest one died unexpectedly at 6 months. Go figure.
3. No Vet Care required. Raising rabbits for the past 8 years I've been to the vet twice with my rabbits. This is very dependant on your rabbit AND your care and handling of same. Fed an appropriate diet and purchased from someone who focuses on breeding for health, your rabbit should be fine. MIND with any animal purchased you need to expect and budget for animal care. With rabbits the toughest part is finding a rabbit savvy vet.
4. Rabbits should be outdoors. The speaker implies that a rabbit raises outdoors gets less than great care. Not everyone wants to nor desires to keep their rabbit indoors... doesn't mean the rabbits isn't well cared for.
5. Rabbits like to be picked up and cuddled. Not sure why so many pet/house rabbit society folks think this. Makes me wonder what they are doing wrong. Rabbits can and do enjoy the care and handling from their owners IF they are handled properly and with confidence. Too many people aren't confident and in charge when handling their rabbits.
6. Rabbits eating Pellets only. Yet another person who insists that rabbits MUST HAVE unlimited hay all the time for their teeth. Seriously folks... Rabbits wear down their teeth as they eat ANYTHING. A good pellet with have fibre in it. Hay is NOT a requirement for caring for rabbits. It's honestly just another part of the care of rabbits. BUT if you are allergic to hay then you can still own a rabbit... you can feed grasses, green feed, or a GOOD quality pellet, and your rabbit will do just fine.
Mind I believe in feeding rabbits a variety of feeds so that you have a feed arsenal if your rabbit goes off feed. Sometimes rabbits do that.. and if you don't have a feed arsenal to give them how will you get your rabbit back to eating???
7. Rabbits smell. Umm... it's an animal. Any animal has a odour to it. How you manage it depends on how much odour is released. Daily litter box cleaning helps heaps, adding a touch of apple cider vinegar to the water helps, use of proper bedding materials etc.
8. Rabbits good for small apartments. IF one would believe this video you'd be required to own a mansion to have a rabbit. Rabbits are FINE for whatever house you happen to live in. They will use the space they are alloted.
9. Can't leave a rabbit for a weekend. Where it is true that rabbits need more immediate care if they happen to get sick.. ANY animal can get sick easily and you could have a major problem when you get home. Many a rabbit can be left for a weekend if you provide sufficient food and water... if going away for a weekend that might mean three water bottles, a feeder stuffed with hay, a j-feeder loaded with pellets etc. You can't deprive them of sufficient food to eat.
Not meant to be exhaustive, just a short tutorial on how to care for your rabbit.
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.
For the BEST rabbit forum I've ever found. Go to Rabbittalk.com. Good for the pet rabbit owner as well as the breeder for meat or show.