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Backyard Rabbits

Rabbits can make a great addition to your backyard homestead!  They are sweet and quiet animals who can be furry pets that provide you with lots of great manure for your garden. They can also be livestock that provides meat for the freezer or fiber for spinning & crafts.  Scroll down or click the handy links to jump to different sections

Getting Started Rabbit Basics
Rabbit Health
Angora Fiber Rabbits
Feeding Rabbits
Seasonal Care
Daily Life with Rabbits

Getting Started Rabbit Basics

understanding rabbit behavior
colony raised rabbits what it is and how to do it right
Are rabbits right for you
How to play with your rabbit
Introducing new rabbits
Litter box training rabbits
How much time do rabbits require

Rabbit Health

Rabbit urinary tract issues
Sore Hocks in Rabbits
The Scoop on Rabbit Poop
Caring for rabbit teeth
Why is my rabbit pulling out her fur
Rabbit first aid kit
Fly strike in rabbits
GI Stasis what every rabbit owner needs to know
Trimming rabbit nails


Making a bunny barn
Creating a small rabbit yard
Should Rabbits live indoors or outdoors
things to include in an outdoor rabbit space
Building a base for your rabbit hutch
DIY cooling pad & bunny cabana
improving a store bought rabbit hutch

Angora Fiber Rabbits

Things to consider before getting an angora rabbit
Which breed angor rabbit is right for you
How to groom angora rabbits
plucking, shearing, or combing, which is best
Rabbits - tha backyard farmer's fiber friend
Feeding wool rabbits
How much does it cost to raise angora rabbits

Feeding Rabbits

What not to feed rabbits
Feeding Colony Raised Rabbits

Seasonal Care

Top 7 Ways to Keep Your Rabbits Cool in Summer
Getting Rabbits Ready for Winter

Daily Life with Rabbits

Rabbit Manure for your Garden
DIY Rabbit Toys
Is Your Rabbit Happy?
Keeping a Farm Journal
Being a Good Neighbor & Farmer
Gardening for your pets & livestock
A Day in the Life of a Backyard Farmer
Lessons Learned from a Rabbit Newbie

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Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi! Great website!

What brand of litter paper pellets do you use?

The ones I seen are expensive. I have 2 French lops and I use pine pellets, but I want to compost.



Monday 8th of February 2021

I use So Phresh Paper Pellets. I have it set up on an automatic order from Pet Co so they send it out to me once a month because my local Pet Co was always running out of them. They are $20 for a big 20 pound bag. You only need a small layer in the box and I've found a bag lasts me a little over a month


Thursday 31st of December 2020

Where I live we have lots of ants in the summer, should I be worried about my rabbit being on the ground?


Thursday 31st of December 2020

Are they biting ants? I have never had ants bother my rabbits at all, but I live in the north where we don't have aggressive ants. The ants mostly just go about their business and ignore the rabbits


Monday 20th of April 2020

Hi Liz! I just came across your website and it has helped me a lot with rabbit care. I have two bucks that I got from a re-home and they didn't grow up with each other so they always "hump" each other for dominance. Unfortunately, they are both not neutered. Do you think I should get the neuter surgery done, the only bad part is I am a bit worried because the boys are both mature adults and I love them so much, I wouldn't want them to pass away during the surgery. But I have also heard from some other bunny owners to just let them "hump" it out until they stop and find out who is the dominant one. I don't really know what I should do. Any suggestions for bunny bonding?


Monday 20th of April 2020

Neutering can be hard sometimes on adult rabbits and they do occasionally pass away from it, but in general it is a pretty safe procedure. I would definitely just let them hump it out though. Even neutered males (and spayed females) will still hump other rabbits for dominance, although not as frequently. As long as they aren't fighting or trying to hurt each other, I would let them work it out. Good luck! :)


Monday 30th of December 2019

Hi Liz, I have a young Angora buck that I need to re-home. It's been a difficult decision to make and it's a long story that I won't get into here. Do you know of anyone looking for another bunny? He's a big, beautiful boy. I don't want to surrender him to a shelter, his coat needs too much care. I'll keep him until I find a suitable home. You can contact me privately at my email address, which I would guess you have access to. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Augustine Samuel

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

We were caring for orphaned cottontails. Looked online for cecotropes but couldn't find any. Would you know how We could get some please? Thanks!


Thursday 26th of September 2019

Unfortunately I do not know where you could purchase cecotropes. Most of the time rabbits eat these as part of their diet, and the mother rabbit would be providing these to her babies before they go off on their own. Perhaps check in with your local wildlife rehab and rescue and see if they have any suggestions

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