faqs

Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions! 

At what age are your bunnies ready to go?

Our bunnies are ready to leave for their new homes once they reach 8 weeks old.  Bunnies do best when they are able to spend their first 8 weeks with their mother and siblings.  Even though they usually stop nursing once they reach 5 or 6 weeks old they really enjoy those few extra weeks of social time with their families :)

I would really like to reserve one of your bunnies!  What steps do I need to take?

The first step, of course, is to choose your special bunny!  Once you have decided which bunny you would like to reserve then we ask that you put down a 50% deposit.  This can be sent via etransfer.  Once we have received your deposit we will mark your bunny as reserved and set up a pick up date/time! 

How big will my bunny get?

Holland Lops usually reach weights of between 2 and 4 pounds when fully grown.  Feel free to ask us about your specific bunny and we will be able to give you a more accurate weight based on the genetics ofyour individual bunny!

I've never owned a bunny before!  What will I need in order to get ready for my new friend?

There are a few key items you will definitely need to have ready before you bring your new bunny home!  A cage or living area, food and water dishes, rabbit pellets, a litter box (if you plan on litter training your bunny) and a few toys are a great place to start!  For a more detailed list please refer to our "Bringing Bunny Home" page!

What kind of medical care will my bunny need?  Should my bunny get shots?

As of this writing there are no approved vaccines for rabbits, so no, your bunny will not require any shots.  When it comes to medical care, rabbits are pretty low maintenance.  You will only need to visit a vet if your bunny is not feeling well or if you would like to have your bunny spayed/neutered.  It is recommended, however, that you make sure that any other pets you might have at home are up to date on all of their vaccines and flea and worm medication so that they do not spread anything to your bunny.

I have other pets at home.  Will my bunny be ok with other pets in the house ?

Rabbits are quiet animals and require a quiet living space.  You will need to make sure that your other pets understand this and give your bunny his/her space.  This may involve housing your bunny in a room that your other pets don't have access to or training your pets to be calm and quiet around your bunny.  If you do plan to introduce your bunny to your other pets then please be sure to do it slowly and at your bunny's pace.  If ever your bunny shows signs of stress then please stop and listen.  Your bunny is telling you that they are not comfortable around your other pets and would prefer their own quiet environment.

When can I start giving my bunny treats?

It is best to wait until your bunny reaches 4 to 6 months old before you start giving him/her treats.  Bunnies have sensitive digestive systems and overloading them with too many treats too early could cause problems.  Once they are old enough though, you can start introducing healthy treats and snacks slowly and your bunny will thank you!  You can find a list of healthy treats and goodies on our "Bringing Home Bunny" page!

Should I have my bunny spayed/neutered?  And at what age should this be done?

This is a personal choice and is totally up to you!  If you only have one bunny then you may not need to have this procedure done.  It might be a good idea to have your bunny spayed/neutered if you notice your bunny becoming more protective of their personal space when they reach maturity or wanting to be handled less.  Males can also become more rambunctious when they are ready to mate and having them neutered is a good way to calm them down.  If you plan to have more than one bunny then it is definitely a good idea to have both of your bunnies fixed so that there is no competition for the top spot in the hierarchy!  Duking it out for alpha male/female can be gentle rough housing between bunnies or more serious fighting, especially if your bunnies are sharing a living space!  Neutered pets are usually calmer and more chilled out pets but read your bunny's body language!  He/she will let you know how they are feeling with their subtle (and sometimes not so subtle!) actions :)

If you do choose to spay/neuter your bunny then vets usually recommend that you wait until they reach their full grown size, which is generally around 5 or 6 months old.

Prices for this procedure will depend on your individual vet but will likely run you a couple of hundred dollars.

How long do rabbits live for?

Rabbits generally live forbetween 8 and 10 years.  Sometimes it can be longer and sometimes, due to health issues, it can be shorter.  Rabbits are a long-term commitment so be prepared to put the time and effort in to your bunny and you will have a best friend for many years!

I just caught my bunny eating his/her droppings! 

My bunny sometimes passes droppings that are soft and mushy - is this normal?

We get these questions a lot!  And it seems to throw new bunny owners slightly off balance!  They wonder if something is wrong with their bunny and they call us in a slight panic!  Take a deep breath - this is perfectly normal (even if it seems a bit, well, gross!).  You may occasionally find what look like tiny clusters of grapes (made out of droppings!) and these are cecotropes!  Bunnies usually eat these before you can even see them but occasionally they will leave them laying around as a little "surprise" for you!  Your bunny is just trying to keep you on your toes, that's all ;)

Cecotropes, also known as cecotrophs, cecal pellets or night feces, are a second type of rabbit droppings produced by the cecum. These are different than the dry fecal pellets that a rabbit more commonly produces and leaves in litter boxes and around their area. Cecotropes are not commonly seen by the rabbit owner as rabbits commonly eat them directly from their "bunny bottoms" as they are produced.

Are cecotropes healthy?

Cecotrophs contain around 28-30% crude protein and up to 30% of the total nitrogen intake of rabbits. They are high in nitrogen, short-chain fatty acids, microbial protein, B vitamins, sodium, potassium, water, lysine, the sulfur amino acids, and threonine.

The short-chain fatty acids in their cecals provide an additional source of energy, and the B vitamins provided can be in excess of the rabbit's needs. It is estimated that B12 is synthesized 100x the daily requirement.

Cecotropes also aid in the replenishment of cecal microflora, and thus the products of bacterial growth are made available to rabbits either by direct absorption in the cecum and colon or the small intestine by consumption of the cecal contents.

(Thank you Wikipedia for helping with the technical side of things!)