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post #11 of 43 Old 05-09-2010, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Aww, what a great dog you've got! My border collie brought us to a crow once. He sat next to it and hollered his head off until we got there. We put the crow in a make-shift nest on the side of the garage and whenever it fell out, Louie would be there to bark for us. =]

Best of luck for your little bunny. It's probably in good hands. =]
Thanks, she's a great dog, all my girls are. I love the old working blood, these girls have very similar mentality to BCs, though less intense and are upright loose eyed herders.

So far so good with the bunny. She's got quite an appetite with the nursing, and as soon as I find a local rabbit breeder I can get cecotropes from, I'll start her on dandelion greens and stuff, she should be about ready to start. She's active and exploring her basket, I had to put a screen over the top because she climbed out twice *l*


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Well... It sounds like she's doing good.... I think I'm cautiously optimistic.... Normally if the little critters don't have diarreah and will eat and are perky they do well.... so good luck!!! Sounds like he may have made it past the 'critical' stage!
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Well... It sounds like she's doing good.... I think I'm cautiously optimistic.... Normally if the little critters don't have diarreah and will eat and are perky they do well.... so good luck!!! Sounds like he may have made it past the 'critical' stage!
Cautiously optimistic is the perfect way to put it. She's still doing well, so far. No diarrhea (her poops are about the size of a pinhead, she's so tiny! She's pottying on her own now though.) Her ears are up now, and her eyes are all the way opened, so she is ready to start on some greens, but I can't start her on them until I find some rabbit owners in my area to get the yucky stuff from. Not having luck so far, I finally just put an ad on CL - but all the while thinking, people are going to think I am really weird wanting to come collect bits of their rabbits poop...*lol* But she does seem to be strong and certainly has a good will to live, so i'm hopeful.


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Indy, I know very little about rabbits, but do youngsters on the way to weaning eat their mother's cecotropes until they can start producing their own?
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Yes, sort of. All rabbits practice a sort of coprophagia. Dirty little secret in the rabbit world I guess *l* They don't eat their "regular" poop. The cecotropes are different feces than their normal pellets, and they re-ingest them to gain additional nutrients, as well as to keep the intestinal flora healthy. Not all that different, in reality, from a ruminant chewing it's cud. However, nursing babies do not have the intestinal bacteria necessary for breaking down greens, and that's why so many hand reared baby bunnies are lost - even though they are eating, their bodies cannot digest the greens without the intestinal bacteria, and so they essentially starve to death, even with a full belly. As babies, they get their first few doses of intestinal bacteria from ingesting their mothers cecotropes, until an age where they have sufficient levels of bacteria in their stomach to make do with eating their own poop. Aren't bunnies cute? Don't you just want to kiss one?


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My dog is a poop eatin' machine, too. Grosses me out.

She doesn't eat her own feces, just that of every other animal she can find. Cat and horse poop are especially delicious, as far as she's concerned. Blech!!!

Then she'll drink a quantity of water, and come drooling over to me for a kiss. GET AWAAAYYY!!!!
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Glad to hear your bunny is doing well. The odds are greatly against you in general so very impressed you have made it this far.

Keep up the good work!
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Speedracer, haha dogs are lovely like that, aren't they. When my old neighbor comes to visit (she's a frequent visitor out here, although we no longer live next door to teach other we remain close friends - I've been after her for some time to move in with me, I feel silly living in a 5 bedroom house with just myself and my son!) But she always brings her dogs - it's quite a sight, between her 4 dogs (one of which sure counts for two, it's a 200 lb English Mastiff) and my 6 dogs, all galloping around my yard! But she gets all horrified at her dogs eating the horse poop - I just shrug and smile - gross, yes, but normal!

Alwaysbehind, I know, I think I've only ever been successful with 1 bunny in the past, and it was older than this one when I found it - already eating greens, but injured. I've done better with squirrels, but not had great luck there either. I've NEVER lost a coon or possum, but they are just hardier babies. Thanks for the well wishes!


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I feel silly living in a 5 bedroom house with just myself and my son!
I'll take a bedroom, please. =P Haha.

I'm glad to hear your bunny is doing well so far. I didn't know there were two different kinds of rabbit poop, lol. Very interesting. My rabbit will eat his own cocoa puffs sometimes, but I didn't realize how very important it is for them. O_O But I still think he's the cutest little stinker. Even if he humps everything in sight.

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