I get at least once a week a call, a text or email asking does Bucks spray??? My goodness, I'm not sure if My bucks are just angels or there is something wrong everywhere else....My bucks do not spray. I had one buck that when I first got him ,he sprayed me and I had a decision to make: kill him or teach him. His Blue eyes were so gorgeous I decided to teach him...but before I could teach him I needed to understand why he was spraying me. What could be making him act like that if all other bucks I had never did? First of all I put him away from my dominant bucks, so if there was a competition going on that would stop...they couldn't really smell each other. But that wasn't it, he continued to test my love for his eyes... I tried to breed him immediately thinking maybe he wants me to know he is lonely, and that kind of helped a little. Then I kept him outside on the playpen a lot. He stopped!!!! he was bored!!! he couldn't stand being locked up all day staring at his hutch.
I came to understand that he was a busy buck, he was always on the go and got bored very easily, once I understood my animal and bonded to him ,he never sprayed again.
I give each buck a "wifey" a stuffed animal that serves as a companion to them, I exercise them a lot and switch all toys often, they respond by keeping their hutch clean and their litter box full.
So to answer your question, when a buck spray in my opinion he is trying to tell you something, he is bored, lonely, anxious, something isn't right! I have had people saying they mark their territory, but I personally think that's a easy excuse to not have to pay attention. What I recommend if you are a breeder is to exercise your bucks, give them toys, and a "wifey". If you are planning to simply adopt one of my babies as a pet, just neuter him at 4-5 months ,as per your Vet recommendation and you will have no problem. Bucks are affectionate and friendly and they make excellent pets, just need to be understood.
It all depends who you ask.... some people don't recommend greens ,others just feed pellets, others love artificial treats.... Here is what I have to say about feeding bunnies.
Health is my number one concern, I want to make sure that the money I spend is on healthy organic food not in Vet bills. If you know me ,you know that all my bunnies goes to the vet. We believe that if you have check ups your bill is a lot smaller than paying emergency treatment. I simply couldn't bare watching my animals dying at home, I rather spend the money specially because I get paid for their babies, is just fair to use that money for their care and health.
First of all Luise, Larissa and I work tremendously hard to provide fresh organic food at all times. We plant on our green house during the winter months and we buy organic greens when we are out in the garden, Harmon's have always a beautiful healthy selection of dandelions, Kale and other dark greens.
We feed a high quality Pellet to begin with, the amount of money that you could save by purchasing cheap feed will be spent on vet care, so why even go there. I feed a mixture of 18 % protein and 24 % fiber. I had a judge calling Kirby "well loved", I took it as a compliment... in the show table you don't really want that but, you all know that Kirby is indeed Well Loved!! Anyways for me it all begins with their pellets and hay being of the highest quality I can find in Utah. Timothy hay is on their hay ball 24 hrs. I feed them twice a day a fresh salad that we call "saladinha" in Portuguese which means little salad. We like to switch back and forth kale, Collards, mustard greens, spinach and Parsley. we moderate carrots and radishes...but yet we all deserve treats.
Water is our number one priority specially in the winter when they need a lot of it to keep hydrated and healthy, our water bottles have never frozen of course due to having a insulated rabbitry, my hubby took a great care of us last year and finished our rabbitry really nicely, then we also have a heater and a few heat lamps, you all know I'm Brasilian and we like it warm. freezing weather is my enemy, so we keep it warm in the rabbitry.
To top it all of we make sure that every bunny gets a good amount of time outside daily, that's right, you heard me,Daily! Again My hubby gave us 4 huge pergolas, custom made to fit my bunnies needs of shade so now they have a lot of space for their play pens and exercise areas, we are planning on teaching them Jump in the spring as well, in Japan where my brother lives their Show means Jumping hurdles and I just can't wait to try it. So just like for you and I, good healthy food and exercise is the key to good health.
We are now almost sold out on our Spring babies, today is the last day to get 10%off if you signup and pay your deposit today by midnight Utah time.
We have bred today :
Madison to Kodiak
Khleo to Argo
Matilda to Argo
Cookie Dough to Kirby
We will have lots of fluffy bunnies bright and early in the Spring when you are just about ready to start your garden and play outside. Plan ahead and you could start indoors your Kale, Collard Greens and Spinach right around when your baby is born, then by the time you come pick up your garden will be ready and growing!
Bunny Litter boxes can be dumped straight on your garden soil, no need to wait like many other manure. The Aspen wood shaving and bunny waste is a great addition to any soil.
I was shocked to hear a client show so much surprise when she found out bunnies would make good indoor pets. All my clients keep their bunnies indoors, so for me is no surprise at all. She is so excited that she is driving all the way from Las Vegas to pick up hers!
I guess bunnies as pets are really trending, we have 20.000 people on Facebook who like our bunnies and one of our client just told me yesterday that one of my little guys will be on Cosmopolitan magazine with her in March!!! I'm so proud of her as a model and so proud of that cute little guy!
So yes, people do love bunnies and they are impressed to see them using their litter boxes and being good family companions.
So if you are new to the Bunny Idea, don't be shy, ask questions, research and call me any time with questions. You will love to have a Holland lop bunny as a pet also.
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