Bunny FAQ

On this page you will find general care information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. This is provided as a courtesy and is what we have learned in our years of taking care of rabbits. Information found here in no way substitutes for professional veterinary care.

Here is a list of supplies you will need for your new bunny.
Cage, Hutch, or dog crate as a home base, pellets, hay, 32 ounce water bottle (wide-mouth is easiest to fill), heavy crock for pellets, wood for resting board (untreated pine is good), Rubbermaid container for litter box (I use the big low under bed type), and chew toys.

This is how Chester Brown Bunny lives in his new home. 

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What is the life expectancy of the Flemish Giant Rabbit?

 

A Flemish Giant's average life span is 5-7 years. They have been referred to as the Great Danes of the rabbit world.

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At what age can a baby rabbit go to its new home?

 

A baby bunny can safely leave its mom at 6 weeks of age.

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What do you feed a rabbit? How much do they eat?

Rabbit pellets w/out any added treats and unlimited grass hay is the best diet for a rabbit. We feed adult rabbits a 16% protein pellet and timothy hay. Does with litters and growing bunnies get an 18% protein pellet and alfalfa hay. A full grown Flemish Giant will eat about 1 ounce of pellets per pound of body weight. This of course varies depending on activity level and the amount of hay they eat.

            What we feed:

            Purina Advanced Nutrition Professional Formula (18%) until 6 months old and nursing does.
            Purina Advanced Nutrition Show Formula (16%) 6 months and older.

To find a Purina Dealer in your area click here and enter your zip code into the dealer finder! Make sure you call first to see if they carry the Rabbit Feed and if they have it in stock. Most Purina Dealers can order the food for you.

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What is the recommended cage size for a Flemish Giant?


Minimum recommended cage size for a Flemish Giant is 3' x 2'. Bigger is better.

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Is there any special care required for a Flemish Giant?

 

Flemish Giants need to have a solid floor for their large feet to prevent sore hocks. It is also important to keep their nails trimmed since long nails change the weight distribution on the foot and contribute to sore hocks.



They are also very susceptible to ear mites and fur mites.

Fur mites look like dandruff and scratches on the back of the neck behind the ears. Use Ivermectin Paste 1.87% - found at horse supply stores. Give the rabbit (4 months and older) 1/2 of a green pea size drop orally and repeat in 12 days. Link to a website where you can purchase the ivermectin paste - PURCHASE
 

 

 

Ear mites look like a scabby/crusty build-up in the ear(s). Use a 0.15% pyrethrin ear drop (found at Petco, Petsmart, etc..) works well to kill the mites. Make sure the drop says that it's okay for cats (if not rabbits). Drops that are only for dogs are too strong for rabbits. Repeat the treatment in 10 days to kill the eggs and remove the entire life-cycle.

If your rabbit is a yard rabbit - it's also possible for him/her to have fleas. The cat monthly flea control, Advantage for cats, has been found to be safe for rabbits. Please consult with your veterinarian before administering to your rabbit. Other brands like Frontline etc. will KILL your rabbit.

Can a rabbit be litter trained?

Yes, it's actually quite easy to litter train a rabbit. A quick google search will give you some tips and tricks.

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How big are Flemish Giant rabbits?

Average size doe is 18 pounds, average size buck is 16 pounds. Recently, there was a photo going around (probably still is) of a very large rabbit in Germany. Although this rabbit is big, the photo was taken with a forced perspective to make it appear even bigger. Here is some more info on that large rabbit - Click Here

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Will rabbits get along with other animals?


With few exceptions, rabbits do not get along w/other rabbits. Two intact males will often fight to the death. Fixing them will help and it takes time and patience to bond rabbits, especially if they are used to living alone. The best pairing we've found is a fixed buck and a doe. 2nd best is two does. Flemish Giants get along VERY well with cats, dogs, guinea pigs, turtles etc... You just have to be sure that your dog doesn't want to eat the rabbit!



Temperature


Flemish Giants CANNOT handle heat. Once the temperature hits 82 degrees you need to be very concerned for the safely of your rabbit. We have swamp coolers in our rabbitry that keep the temperature at a comfortable level. On extremely hot days, we also give each rabbit a frozen 2-liter bottle to lay against. If the temperature is too hot or humid for the swamp coolers to keep the area sufficiently cool, we then bring the rabbits into the air conditioned house in carriers.


Cold weather is fine for Flemish Giants. Ever see a bunny in the snow?  Of course! If the rabbit is young or the temperature change is sudden, we suggest stuffing their cage w/hay so they can stay warmer and get away from any drafts. Another idea would be to purchase a thick plastic storage container with a lid. Cut a hole in the side (sand down any rough edges) and stuff w/hay so the bunny can go inside and stay warm.



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Origin

The short answer is Flanders.
Here is an article that explains their history: Click Here

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How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Flemish Giant for a Month?


The short answer is "just under $15", after the initial set-up expense.

 

Pellets:

As of June, 2014, pellets from a feed store cost right around $25 for a 50 pound bag. 1 pound of rabbit pellets is approximately 3 cups so, there are 150 cups in a 50 pound bag. A full grown Flemish Giant will eat about 2 cups of pellets a day on average. So, the pellets cost about $0.32 a day or $10 a month.

 

Hay:

If you buy the hay in bales it's about $28 a bale and that would last a year if stored correctly. My feed store sells the hay in flakes for $6.50 a flake and that would last about 2 months so $3.25/month on the higher end.

 

Bedding:

Depends on what you decide to use and if your bunny is potty trained to use a litter box or not. I use shavings and it's $9.00 for 11 cu.ft. which would last about 6 months for one bunny. That makes it about $1.50/month.

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