Where are you located?
Queen City Rabbitry is located in the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Are Mini Lop and Holland Lop the same breed?
There are currently five recognized lops breeds, Holland Lop, Mini Lop, French Lop, English Lop, and American Fuzzy Lop. The Holland Lop and American Fuzzy Lop are both smalll breeds–roughly 2-4 pounds while the French Lop and English Lop are large breeds, typically 11+ pounds. Mini Lops however, are right in the middle–averaging at about 4.5-6.5 pounds. Holland Lops are typically more energetic then Mini Lops–though I have seen a few exceptions. Mini Lops are also very easy to litter train and are bit larger so they are not quite as fragile as the smaller breeds.
*If you want to learn more about any of the breeds, all links are to the official breed website*
When can baby bunnies go to their new home?
By law, baby rabbits cannot be picked up until 8 weeks old. This helps them to develope their immune system and makes sure they have enough time to get socialized before heading to their new homes.
What kind of feed do I use?
We use the Southern States and the Tractor supply brand of rabbit feed along with healthy treats every now and then such as strawberry tops, small bits of carrot, Romaine lettuce, cheerios, and small bits of apple–WARNING apple seeds ARE toxic to rabbits.
Should I get my bunny a Salt Lick?
Many years ago it was a good idea to supplement your rabbit feed with a special rabbit salt/mineral spool. Nowadays, rabbit feed is a complete feed and there is no need to supplement with these salt licks. Rabbits like to play with them, but they can rust the cage.
What kind of cage should I get for my rabbit?
Mini Lops are larger than Holland Lops and they need a bigger cage. The smallest I would go is 2 feet by 3 feet, though the bigger the better! Something else to be aware of is that bunnies also need regular time outside of their cage, whether that is free run indoors or a puppy x-pen is up to you. Here are some good articles on cage options: Rabbit Housing, Bunny Approved
Male or Female?
A question many people ask is whether they should have a male or female bunny.
Both are great options, but one thing to be aware of is that males tend to spray to mark their territory (AKA your brand new white couch) if they are not nuetered.
If you are looking into getting a pair, the best option a male/female pair – however they must both be neutered at the earliest opportunity to avoid having babies! Males can be neutered from 4 months old and females 6 months old.
Male/male pairs and female/female pairs can also work well together, however it is recommended that they are again neutered at the earliest opportunity to avoid bunnys becoming territorial or fighting.
Will your Rabbit play with toys?
YES! Your rabbit of any breed will enjoy playing with toys!!! Rabbits still gets bored and will enjoy playing with their toys. Rabbit Toys are very expensive at pet stores. Go to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Visiting Nurses or any Thrift Store and buy a bag of sturdy hard plastic baby toys! You can get a dozen baby toys for around $4 to $6, where you’ll be spending just that much on ONE toy at the pet store! You can also make DIY toys out of cardboard and cardboard box hideaways for your rabbit to play with, throw, chew, and otherwise enjoy.
Can rabbits be a free range pet? And can they go on a leash?
The answer is yes to both questions. However, rabbits like to go to the bathroom every where, so unless you litter train them first, it is going to be a headache cleaning up after them. Another thing to be aware of is that before you let your bunny roam, you HAVE to bunny proof the house. however, free-range isn’t for everyone. the important thing to remember is that the bunny does need outside exercise time. If you get that along with a little love, your bunny will be fine.
A quick thing to remember before you take your bunny on a “walk” is that YOU don’t take your bunny on a walk, the bunny takes YOU on a walk. Bunnies don’t follow a set path likes dogs will, instead they just want to explore the outside world around them. You also have to be careful that you don’t use a collar, as that can choke your rabbit. Instead, get a small animal harness, it is safer and more comfortable than a collar.