Fuzzz (18th November 2011)
You bred them you look after them! :P
In all seriousness, if you let them breed then you have a duty of care to look after the animals (that goes for all of you mean sods ). Trouble with rabbits is they become fertile very quickly and at a very very young age so they need to be seperated early. And yes, they will happily breed with their mother!
Have you asked local schools? They might want a pet rabbit or two. Oh and we need pictures!
Fuzzz (18th November 2011)
I knew I could rely on you lot for helpful, sensible answers! LOL! I guess it's my own fault for putting this up on a Friday afternoon really?
I've put signs up in the two local pet stores and the vet, put it as my status on Facebook, done an "All Staff" email and now put a message on here. I'm not putting them on Freecycle as really you're not allowed to put anything alive on there. Freecycle is for stuff which would otherwise end up at the local dump (and I do realise that just opens up another avenue for jokes.....) If you get them on your Freecycle then your moderators are more generous than mine.
Nice to see that people who don't know the full circumstances behind my financial and family situation can judge what I'm doing.
The problem is the age from which rabbits breed. People think "Ohhh he's a baby! He can't breed yet!" then it starts building it's nest...
Had this with someone else's rabbit that we were looking after. It started behaving weird a week before it was booked in for fixing, we asked the vet and she said it could be pregnant even though it was in a cage alone. Turns out my brother's girlfriend let the female rabbit share a cage with a male thinking they were too young and didn't tell us that a month ago they tried it on. We were expecting baby rabbits within a few days! Thankfully it was a phantom pregnancy.
Take then to a pets at home store. Provided you show the parent rabbits they'll take them and sell them :-)
I was at university at UVic in Canada which had a rabbit population problem - there were enormous, lop-eared, extra-large bunnies all over campus. Some domestic rabbits had been let loose at some point to breed with the wild rabbits (campus legend said an animal rights raid on a science lab during the 60s, but campus legend also said a nearby hollow of trees was an old native American burial ground, etc) and the general effect was that you were living on the Teletubbies set. They were cute, and attracted interesting predators (seeing a large hawk whisk a bunny away was a daily occurance) but made a mess of the campus and didn't really get enough to eat so were in pretty poor shape.
I have contacts with a charity here in NZ that fosters all sorts of pets and finds them new homes. I have seen all types of animals dumped and abused because people have not had their pets fixed and don't think of the conciquences. If you were in NZ I probably could have swung the fostering of them and half the cost of fixing the ones that you kept.
You asked for other ways of dealing with the situation and I provided one, sometimes the best option for them is simply to have them put down if there are no other solutions.
It is good that you are trying to help and its ashame that your rabits got out of hand but you did ask for solutions and that is what you got. I posted the first one before you posted the circumstances of the breeding which is unfortunate I was not initially trying to be judgey anyway, it was just worded poorly.
Thank you Synack. We got two rabbits and they were in seperate hutches which we got from Freecycle. My daughter at some point put them together in the garden without my knowledge. She's 13 and knows exactly what happens! She got an absolute roasting and has lost pocket money for the last four months to contribute towards their care. Now they have grown of course so they cost even more. The adults have not been done as that too costs money whereas keeping them apart doesn't. I assure you I have done my very best to sort this situation out, and thought I'd done what was necessary to prevent it in the first place by putting a wall between them! I am desperately trying to get rid of them now as they are getting to the age where the babies will start breeding and I don't want that!!
@nephilim - thanks, I'll try that as that's where the initial two came from anyway!
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SYNACK (18th November 2011)
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