A few weeks ago, we went out on a limb and got the kids pet rabbits. Michael and I were both kind of newbies to the whole pet rabbit thing, but we both had rabbits when we were younger and wanted our kids to have the same experience. We relied, mainly, on people we knew who raised rabbits to tell us what we need for pet rabbits, but I realize not everyone has access to that information. That’s why today on Crystal Carder I am sharing everything you should know before getting your kids pet rabbits. This guide will share everything from ‘what do rabbits eat’ to ‘where do you buy rabbits’.
Why Would You Want a Pet Rabbit for Your Kid in the First Place?
Why you may want a pet rabbit for your kids for many reasons, one of the main reasons should be because rabbits are low maintenance animals – for the most part. Rabbits don’t require much work, so they are a great animal for teaching kids the responsibility of taking care of an animal. Besides having to feed a rabbit and clean out their pens, rabbits practically take care of themselves.
With saying that, I also want to elaborate that rabbits do eat a lot and may need to be fed numerous times throughout the day.
Do Rabbits Like Kids?
Contrary to what most of the internet tells you, rabbits do like affection and they do like kids. We got our kids each a baby rabbit from an Amish family and they love the kids. BUT, these rabbits are of an unknown breed and they do tend to scratch the kids – a lot. While the baby rabbits obviously love playing with the kids, I would do some research before just picking out any ole’ bunny to add to your family.
What Rabbit Breed is Good for Kids?
While I can’t speak for many rabbit breeds yet, I can tell you we have noticed a huge difference in personality and energy after getting two Lionhead rabbits. One Lionhead is an adult and the other is a baby, but both Lionhead bunnies seem to be much calmer than the other bunnies. They even tend to scratch a lot less than the other rabbits, which is great for kids.
The only downside to getting Lionhead rabbits for kids is the higher maintenance they require. These rabbits need daily hair brushings so they don’t get matts in their hair.
Where Can You Get Pet Rabbits for Kids?
Rabbits are literally a dime a dozen, you can buy them almost anywhere. Depending on whether or not you care about getting a rabbit with a pedigree, rabbits are even fairly cheap. We got our first rabbits at an Amish family nearby, but if you don’t have Amish living near, you can try these other places to buy pet rabbits:
- Farm Supply Stores
- Local Farmers
- Local Fairs (Kids in 4H sell them at fairs)
What Supplies Do You Need Before Getting Pet Bunnies?
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Rabbits may be cheap to buy, but getting started with pet bunnies can be a bit pricey. Depending on how many rabbits you want for your kids and what gender you buy, you may require more than just one of each of the following items.
- Rabbit Hutch You can purchase a rabbit hutch for $99, but you’re probably not going to get the best quality or a cage that holds more than a few rabbits. We decided to build our rabbit hutch with some material we purchased from Lowes, but it still cost us $150 in the material. Our pen currently has two sides and 5 rabbits, but since we have so many female rabbits (4), we already need another rabbit hutch.
*Male rabbits cannot be housed together and female rabbits need their own pens whenever they start having babies because female rabbits will sometimes kill each other’s babies.
- Water Bottles I would do one per adult rabbit or 1 per 2 baby rabbits.
- Feed Sifter You can also try a dog dish, just be sure it’s metal so rabbits can’t chew through it.
- Rabbit Feed This can get expensive, to help ward off cost, rabbits love to eat dandelions and grass.
- Hay or straw for bedding.
- Outside Playpen Playpens are a great way for your kids to play with their rabbits and give the bunnies some time to hop. (Not necessary, but very helpful whenever buying rabbits for kids).
Should You Get Your Kids Pet Rabbits?
Getting pet rabbits will be a big responsibility for your children, but they will so much fun! If you have the time and the extra money to add rabbits to your family, I say, get them! Rabbits are always easy to get rid of and they probably require less work than a dog.
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