About Flemish Giants
This is a very old breed which originated in Flanders hundreds of years ago. Once you have owned a Flemish Giant you will never want anything else! These gentle giants are docile and very affectionate. They do require more cage space and a solid floor for part of their cage but also make great house and yard pets. They come when called and love children. They are more expensive to raise and therefore are more expensive to buy but well worth the price! They are as big as a small dog or big cat. If want something to hug and love. These guys are it!
- Buck: is a male rabbit.
- Doe: is a female rabbit.
- Kits: are baby rabbits.
- Sire: is a father rabbit.
- Dam: is a mother rabbit.
- Herd: is a group of rabbits.
- Binky: is when a rabbit jumps and twists.
- Warren: is an area where a group of rabbits live.
- Moulting: Shedding or losing fur for the season.
- Breeding: is when mating two rabbits together.
- Nest Box: is a box for a nest, usually filled with hay.
- Kindling: is when a female rabbit gives birth.
- Gestation Period: is the time between breeding and kindling.
- Litter: is when a female rabbit has a group of babies.
- Weaning: is when you take the babies away from the mother.
- Culling: is the act of getting rid of an unwanted rabbit.
- And a rabbit is actually not a rodent, they are considered Lagomorphs
- A rabbit has 28 teeth.
- Rabbit teeth never stop growing.
- An 3kg rabbit can drink as much water as a 18kg dog.
- Make sure your rabbit always has plenty of clean water.
- A rabbit does not hibernate.
- Rabbits are most active at night.
- Larger rabbit breeds have been known to survive in -30 degrees (celsius) below temperatures.
- Rabbits produce night droppings called Cecotropes, which they will eat.
- Cecotropes provide the rabbits with nutrients that the rabbit needs to survive.
- Kits double their weight in 6 short days off their mother’s milk, compared to pigs at 14 days, calves 47 days, and humans 160 days.
- A rabbit can jump 96cm in the air and higher.
- Most rabbits can suffer from heat stroke very easily.
- Rabbits can only sweat through the pads on its feet.
- A rabbit’s eyes are positioned to where they can see behind themselves.
- Rabbits can actually be scared to death.
Rabbits As Pets:
- Rabbits can be house trained.
- And they can also purr, like a cat.
- Their life span can be as long as 15 years old.
- They can scratch and adult supervision is recommended.
- Getting a young rabbit is best so you can work with it.
- Find books on training your rabbit and work with them every day.
- A lot depends on the socialization you give your rabbit.
- Find and research your rabbit breed and the breeder thoroughly before buying.
- Rabbit manure can make an excellent garden fertilizer.
- We use this and chicken manure for our flowers and they come up beautiful.
- You can use a compost bin and combine the manure, worms, plant material and keep it mixed to create nice dark compost for the garden.
- The Manure alone has a content of 2.20% Nitrogen .87% Phosphorus 2.30% Potassium .36% Sulphur 1.26% Calcium .40% Magnesium.
- With your cages, we recommend having them above ground so that the waste will drop through and is easier to remove.
- Cages with trays can be used if inside but must be cleaned daily.
- If you keep your rabbit outside, make sure they stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- We recommend a nest box with hay, food, water, and proper shelter at all times.
- In the summer same as the winter have proper shelter from the sun, plenty of food/water and letting them out in the pen in the yard is good too.
- Rabbits are considered monogastric which means single stomach, and herbivorous which means they eat plant material.
- Rabbits need important nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids or fats, minerals, and vitamins in the right amount to perform and grow their best.
- Wild, rabbits eat a variety of different grains, greens, roots, and roughage.
- A lot of domestic rabbits eat pellet feed made to meet their nutritional needs.
- Rabbits need water available to them at all times.
- Lettuce and carrots are not deadly to rabbits, if used sparingly as treats. However, if you feed a rabbit to much they can have diarrhoea and become bloated this could lead to death.
- In addition, you must remember, that a lot of vegetables if not grown organically may contain left over traces of pesticides and or different chemicals.
- Rabbits as stated above need roughage such as hay. This helps their digestive system and rid them of hairballs.
- Finally, yet importantly, make sure they have a mineral block. This will provide them with electrolytes and other minerals that the hay and feed may lack.
Rabbit Cage Sizes:
- 182.9cm (72”) x 106.7cm (42”) x 61cm (24”) is a good size for a Flemish Giant or NZ Rabbit. It can be smaller if your Rabbit will be able to get out of the cage to run.
- It is good for Flemish or NZ Rabbit to have a solid floor as they get sore hocks easily, but I find that solid floor promotes germ growth.
- A wire floor with boards to stand on and plenty of straw works great.
- Putting a wood board through the middle of the cage, so that the rabbit must jump over it, really helps develop the shoulders.
Rabbit General Care:
- Feed at least once a day. With the kits (babies) we keep a lot of food with them for the day since they will eat a lot until fully grown.
- Keep a full supply of water for them to drink at all times.
- It is a good idea to feed them hay as well as pellet feed because they need the roughage.
- Also make sure you have a mineral block. Mineral blocks are cheap, and you can find them at most pet stores.
- The mineral blocks will make sure they get the vital minerals that the food might not give them.
- Trim the rabbit’s nails every 2 months and brush the rabbit every couple weeks.
- Check their teeth, stool, nails often and watch to see that they are eating and drinking well.
- Make sure they have proper shelter from the elements.
- And of course, give them loving attention.
- Abscesses are pockets of infection. They can be seen or found anywhere on the body and are usually painless. They are commonly found just under the skin. Abscesses usually will occur when there has been an injury or damage to the skin. If you suspect your rabbit has an abscess, you must take them to your veterinarian.
- Symptoms: Lumps in or under the skin.
- Cause: Pasteurella bacteria chronically carried in the body, or trauma to the skin.
- Treatment: See veterinarian. Remove or drain abscess and administer antibiotics.
- Prevention: Purchase a rabbit without any history of exposure to Pasteurella; and keep your rabbit's skin healthy and keep them in a clean environment.