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    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2016 10:46pm (Mar 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    So what's more fitting for a 'Happy Easter' post than updating how the rescue bun is doing? :)

    Let's get the suspense out the way: AUBREE IS ROCKING IT!

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    Her confidence with everyone is increasing, and she's just turning into a really great little bun...her disabilities don't hold her back at all, and we're building a really great relationship. I'm literally sat here grinning as I type this

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    Since we moved her out of the rabbit cage (with the lip she couldn't get over, damn blindness!) and into the dog crate, she has been coming out into her play pen and having the time of her life :woohoo:

    She has absolutely no problem with this. She whizzes in and out!

    The pen isn't huge, but I think that's good for her - after the first few times she was hopping about with confidence, and she knows her way around really well. We will probably make it bigger in the future :smile:

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    The pen also folds away when Aubree is in her crate, which is great as our room is tiny!

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    Pics of Little Miss Happy having fun :heartsabove:

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    This is her foraging food bowl...nice and big so she can't lose it, and lots of room to hide her pellets amongst the hay :smile:

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    As I said she's doing great with us too :smile: She sits next to me, sniffs me, climbs on me, and I have even stroked her side a few times without startling her at all - yay progress!

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    She has a few puzzle feeders in her crate which she has recently started really getting the hang of and LOVES them! The blue one on the door, and the bottle one:

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    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2016 10:46pm (Mar 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm so glad we 'ended up with' her haha...I know that sounds weird, but we really had no idea she was blind and deaf, and I was a little crestfallen when we realised she had disabilities...I wasn't sure we could fulfill her needs. Well, she's so happy and so are we!

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    Video of super bun just oozing happiness :)

    Happy Easter everyone!!

    I'll be back after I've eaten my tea :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2016 11:08pm (Mar 27th 2016)
    Happy Easter every one and how awesome to have such a fantastic Easter update with Aubrey. You have worked wonders with her. Yes she sure is Rocking and having such a wonderful time. Life has really opened up for her since you adopted her I feel so proud of you xxxxx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2016 3:04pm (Mar 28th 2016)
    She's having a brilliant life with you two - have the quail met her yet?
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2016 8:34pm (Mar 28th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    CC the quail have seen her and watched her, but they haven't met - Aubree could hurt them accidentally considering she couldn't see / hear them, and they might really make her jump!

    NN she's a little super star, she loves her daily runs around her pen haha...funniest thing is when she's been out for a few hours and we pop her back in her crate, she lies down on her side immediately and just sleeps and sleeps!! :heart:

    This is when she went for a nap when her crate was open haha

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    Bunny on the loose!

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    She got her parsley bell from Barks and Bunnies today and really enjoyed it :smile:

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    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2016 10:56pm (Mar 28th 2016)
    Her future was bleak before she came to you. It's lovely to see her blossoming! Happy Easter everyone! xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 9:21am (Mar 29th 2016)
    She is so wonderfully relaxed you can tell by ehe way she just plops herself down and happily stretches herself out. You dont often see bunnies do this xxx
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 2:26pm (Mar 29th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I want to make her a digging put, but I don't know how. I was thinking a large storage box with an entranceway cut into it, and possibly shredded paper inside...or maybe just a heap of blankets she can dig at...soil or anything similar would go everywhere, even in an enclosed box, but she does like digging. I might give her some blankets today and see what her reaction is.

    She can be amazingly grumpy too!!! If her water bottle runs out she will stand and thrash it about until we fill it, and the other day we filled it and she knocked it and it fell down...well she stood and dug at the bars and made a racket until we went and fixed it :rolling:

    I wish I could litter train her, but she toilets in several different places in the crate...every bunny I've had has only ever toileted in one place (usually a corner) so litter training them was really easy. I don't know if it's because she's blind or what...if she was toilet trained though she could have a lot more soft toys, blankets, beds etc. Not that she doesn't seem happy enough as it is ;)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 4:54pm (Mar 29th 2016)
    What about a litter tray full of soil? And perhaps a roll of turf? Trouble is you'll be running out of space soon and my joke about you two sleeping in the shed won 't be a joke any more!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 5:43pm (Mar 29th 2016)
    The only trouble with the digging is they kick it every where and then make sure the tread it real flat so you would need plenty of plastic down. My Bunnies used to sleep in their litter tray and poop in their bedroom then one day they suddenly worked it out for themselves. It made my life much easier then. Mallory keeps asking when we can sleep in the summer house again, She loves it out there and it isnt that much different from a shed xxx
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2016 11:59pm (Mar 29th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    The roll of turf is a good idea, I could put that in her crate and it should confine any mess...I bet the quail would like some too, and the piggles!

    As NN said the problem with soil is it'll go EVERYWHERE - I read on a rabbit forum someone used shredded paper for their blind rabbit to dig in, so we could try that but I've no idea where the paper shredder is anymore...

    NN our last two bunnies were litter trained and I appreciated it SO much! Iden I litter trained from scratch and he picked it up really quickly, but as he peed in just one corner it was easy to put the tray where he toileted and fill it with dirty substrate...with Aubree she goes in various places :sarcastic:

    Aubree has been uber cute today, she's started flopping whilst out in the pen - so adorable! I want to get her binkies on video but I swear she only ever binky's when I'm not filming...all I get footage of is her humping her football hahaha :rolling: I'll keep trying though and post if I get any footage :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2016 11:29am (Mar 30th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: RedThe roll of turf is a good idea, I could put that in her crate and it should confine any mess...I bet the quail would like some too, and the piggles!

    I'd just say to be careful if you buy a roll of turf - the local supplier to us grow theirs in a really thin green plastic mesh which was completely hidden inside the soil/roots which we didn't see until the hens started digging / pulling / eating it... I guess they do it to help keep it in one piece and the roots/soil together, but I could imagine the hens eating it and it doing them no good at all.
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2016 6:57pm (Mar 30th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Bah, why would they do that? As if it's not hard enough to find a chemical free one anyway *rolls eyes*
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2016 8:03pm (Mar 30th 2016)
    And you could end up bringing ants into the house (you'd have to free range the quail and hope they sorted them out!!! In the summer could you go outside with her and put her in a pen so that she can dig and have fresh air?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2016 6:07pm (Apr 2nd 2016)
    I tried newspaper with my bunny once and only once..he got black newsprint all over his white fur. I gave him cut up paper towels from them on...worked great and he loved it.