It really takes a lot to care for 20 rabbits!!! for the past few months we have been raising babies to grow our own herd and had few pet quality babies that we found forever homes for. I honestly cannot figure out how anyone can do all that alone.
Luise and I we spend at least 8 hours per day each day caring for them. We hold our babies daily,potty train them daily,groom and feed,take pictures and make videos and put them outside to play. As a mother I have my household responsibilities which include cleaning, cooking, managing bills and I never get a day off.
I don't know how other breeders that do not have the constant help from older children like I do,manage to care for their rabbits and their family alone, without neglecting something.
I'm so thankful for having both of my girls at home helping me and for my husband who supports our family allowing us to enjoy our bunnies daily without having to work outside of our home.
Why buy from a USDA Licensed breeder?
USDA has a department called APHIS ( Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) which overlooks animal care facilities in the USA.
Some rabbit breeders are exempt from licenses as they are considered "hobby breeders." Such breeders are not required to have a license as they do not have more than $500.00 per year in sales.
Here are some facts you should know if you are considering to adopt from a out of state breeder
1-If a breeder have more then 5 breeding does, she should be licensed. It's the law!
2-Only a licensed breeder can Legally ship a rabbit sight-unseeing in the USA. So if you are buying a bunny from a breeder that lives in a different state and your bunny is being shipped prior to you meeting him face- to face in person, your breeder MUST be licensed, if she is not, she is doing business illegally.
3- If the breeder sales her rabbits and have more than $500.00 in revenue per year from her rabbit sales, she must be licensed.
Why should you care? Quote from https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare
"USDA Animal Care is responsible for upholding and enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The Animal Welfare Act and its associated regulations require that federally established standards of care and treatment be provided for certain warm-blooded animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially or exhibited to the public.
Q. Does the use of video or other electronic means to view pets for sale constitute a “face-to face” transaction?
A. No. The buyer, seller, and the pet available for sale must all be physically present at the time of purchase or before taking custody of the animal in order to meet the definition of a “face-to-face” transaction and remain exempt from licensing. Photos, webcam images, Skype sessions or other electronic means of communication are not a substitute for the buyer or their designee personally observing the animal.
Q. Does this rule mean that no rabbits, guinea pigs, (domestic pocket pets) etc… can be sold over the internet?
A. No. Breeders of rabbits or small pocket pets who have less than $500.00 in sales per year are not required to be licensed with the USDA and may sell their animals sight unseen. These same breeders who have more than $500.00 in sales per year and choose to sell their animals sight unseen, may continue to do so as long as they obtain a USDA license.
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In order to protect your family from infectious diseases you must buy only from licensed breeders. In case of a sudden epidemic, USDA can only track and contact people who purchased their pets from licensed breeders.
Rabbits in general are very clean animals, but especially if you are keeping them as pets, you will want to have a grooming routine so they look and feel their best!
Grooming your rabbit often will prevent them from developing matted fur under their feet and groin area. These are very sensitive areas and having matted fur in those areas, can be painful for your bunny.
When a bunny is in pain he can stop eating which in turn will start a GI Stasis case.
Keeping their nails trimmed often can prevent injuries for both you and your bunny. Rabbits with long nails can get their nails caught in fabrics and could result in broken toes. As you know a exotic pet vet visit can be pricey, so prevention is the best way to go.
I also recommend using the grooming time to bond and inspect your bunny entirely.
Grooming doesn't need to last hours, and can be a pleasant experience for both you and your bunny.
Here are some tips on how to start a good grooming routine
1-Be efficient. Make a plan of what you want to accomplish during each session.
2-Find the best time for your bunny. Try not plan grooming during playtime.
3-Have a routine. Rabbits love knowing what is going to happen in advance, so maybe plan your grooming session on the same day every week.
4- Start with a soft and calming cuddle/massage session. I love putting a tiny drop of lavender essential oil in my wrist before grooming. It seems to calm my rabbits.
5- Enjoy your time together!
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