Here's a short video on a big young rabbit. :)
had a first for me today, someone called asking about what to do with a guinea pig that bites. Conversation told me that the guinea pig is NOT biting (biting means breaking the skin), the guinea pig is nipping. Nipping is DIFFERENT than biting.
Nipping means... I don't like that, you aren't understanding me, and I want you to stop it.
Biting is "I'm upset and angry and I'm going to tell you that in plain guinea pig language".
This is Billie. She is the ONLY guinea pig I have had that ever bite me, I've had guinea pigs for over 12 years. She didn't want me messing with her newborn pups and was very clear about what she wanted. ME out of the cage and away from her pups.
Billie and all her progeny were removed from my herd. I don't do biting animals regardless of the reason. None of my other females bite or nip so why would I keep one that does? Not something I want to encourage.
This is Eric. He was the nicest guinea pig in the world and most of my guinea pig have him somewhere in their background. His personality was a dominant one when it came to passing along personality traits. Very nice pig, I was very happy with him. I still see him in many of my pigs.
ANYWAYS some more delving into the situation that I was called about.
1. guinea pig being held for more than an hour, guinea pig is being petted behind the head and nips.
2. guinea pig disciplining another pig, someone reaches in to stop it and gets their hand nipped.
Nipping is not biting. It's a deliberate act of stop what you are doing, I don't much like it but I'm not upset with you. Rather along the lines of a child whining and possibly hitting out.
So how does one deal with this?
1. Don't hold your guinea pig so long without letting it get around and start exploring and just being a guinea pig. Yes it's a small animal, yes it is easy to hold, but you need to let it be what it is... an animal with a need and will to explore and pee and poo. If you aren't letting it do that, then it will complain.
2. Guinea pigs, just like any other animal, will sometimes want to be left alone or want their own space. Just as most folks won't holler at their children for every disagreement they utter but will let their children sort it out...the best thing to do is to let your guinea pigs sort it out. You don't need to intervene unless there is blood drawn.
3. Don't reward the nipping. Calmly pick your guinea pig up, move around with it, get it settled and then place guinea pig back in it's area OR release it to run around a bit. If you immediately release it, you are telling the guinea pig that it's okay to nip and now you get your freedom (reward).
NOW... if you have been less than thoughtful and have kept your guinea pig in your lap too long without giving it regular potty breaks...then by all means, pay immediate attention to your guinea pigs needs. They do need to go pee and potty, so give them regular breaks and let them do that.
all went to pet homes from Lucan to London to St. Thomas.
Oh what fun it looks eh? :)
This doesn't look like something I would personally want to do with a rabbit (because I'd be concerned about the what ifs) but this lad obviously knows what , but the rabbit seems calm and fine. I bet it feels alot better after getting all that wool removed though.
check it out, glow in the dark bunnies.
can you imagine it?
transfer some jelly fish DNA...and there you go. :)
I had planned to keep Ena for breeding but decided i really didn't need her. Didn't like hoe overall she was shaping up. a lady contacted me this morning wanting her as a pet so off she went.
Domesticated rabbits are from European stock, they can't breed with cottontails or other Wild American rabbits/hares.
This is a domesticated rabbit which has been let run free from what I understand. She is doing what European based rabbits do...build a tunnel, have kits, block up tunnel, feed kits and then block it up again. :)
This is one of the best articles I've ever read on how to deal with snuffles.
It can be found here.
It takes the point of view of the breeder as well as that of the pet owner.
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.