Raising pet rabbits is not exactly my expertise, but as a homeschool mom I have to admit that watching my girls fall in love with learning everything there is to know about them has been fun. We have all become obsessed with these little balls of fur, and this experience has been better than anything that homeschool curriculum could have ever taught.
It all started a year ago when my best friend added rabbits to her mini farm. My girls fell in love with them the first time they ever held one, and within a month they had convinced me to buy them each a rabbit. We ended up buying three Rex Rabbit babies from a pet store, and a large rabbit hutch from Tractor Supply. I had no idea what I was doing, and we learned the hard way that a rabbit hutch inside the home was not going to happen. OH THE SMELL! NOT GOOD!
This mama put her foot down and said that the bunnies had to live outside in their hutch. QUE ALL THE TEARS! Peyton and Riley were devastated, but I was determined that my house was not going to become stinky. Fast forward six months later, these rabbits had nearly tripled in size. This large bunny hutch was not working out. I ended up lucking out when I found a large chicken coop on sale for $120 at Tractor Supply that ended up being MUCH better in terms of having enough space for the rabbits to actually run around.
Almost a year after buying these adorable baby bunnies that were supposedly all girls, we realized that two of the three rabbits were actually males. We ended up with a surprise litter of kits that are currently about five days old. Luckily I had the large rabbit hutch that I was able to move the female bunny and her babies to in order to get her away from the males. This brought on a totally new level of excitement for our family.
When the babies were two days old Peyton walked outside to find one of the babies deceased. She rushed into my bedroom at 7:00 am and woke me up crying hysterically. Even though she knew it was a possibility, she wasn’t truly prepared to actually face that reality. Then on day three she found another one, and she BEGGED me to let her bring the babies and their mother into the house. We started out with seven babies and were watching them slowly die one by one. Of course I gave in.
Luckily I already had an extra extra large size dog crate that I owned from when we had a Great Dane that passed years ago. We moved this dog crate into Peyton’s bedroom and set it up for this little family of bunnies, which meant that we had to get serious about researching how to keep my house from stinking! We learned that you can actually litter train a rabbit just like you would a cat! WHO KNEW?!! This dog crate allowed enough space to place a litter box in one corner, a bed for mama rabbit in another, and the box of babies in another… and STILL have enough space for the rabbit to run around. We learned rather quickly that the paper litter that most people use for small animals was NOT going to cut it because our bunny wanted to dig in it and scatter it all over the kennel. We learned through our research that pine pellets were a good option, and I am happy to report that my house does not stink!
As of today we have two adult Rex Rabbits, five newborn Rex Rabbits, and one Lionhead Rabbit that I couldn’t resist buying later as well! Sidney took her Rex Rabbit with her when she moved out, so naturally I had to get another one, right? 🙂 However… this littler of kits was quite the surprise, so we will be rethinking our situation. Out of ALL THESE BUNNIES my girls have to choose which two they are going to keep, and the rest of them will be going to my best friend’s mini farm. And just to be safe, we will be having our bunnies spayed and/or neutered. No more surprise bunnies please.
The good news however, is that my girls have fallen in love with everything there is to know about raising pet rabbits inside our home. They have spent MONTHS researching and implementing everything they have learned. My Bunny rabbit Pinterest board is overwhelmed with bunny care facts and housing ideas! We now know how to have rabbits inside my home without all that stink! As a homeschool mama, I can tell you that watching your child become passionate about something that they want to research and learn about is pure bliss. We may end up with a mini farm of our own at some point, but it is what it is, right? 🙂 I just wish that we would have taken the time to research BEFORE bringing rabbits home. I would have saved A LOT of money if we had.