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Old 12-24-2010, 02:33 AM   #1
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I'm considering getting a flemmie after reading a ton about them. I've only had dwarfs and dwarf mixes in the past, so it'll be a huge leap. I'm trying to find out how big the cage should be, whether they can use levels, stuff like that. If I end up not having the space for it, the spare room is going to be converted I guess.



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Old 12-24-2010, 04:59 AM   #2
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I'm from Nova Scotia too I just got a Flemish Giant a few weeks ago. He has the whole kitchen to himself. everything else was too small. He is such a beautiful boy, in temperament as much as in looks. He is very very cuddly, very needy and demands a lot of attention which he gets in spades.
He couldn't stand any close enclosures and the kitchen is a high traffic area so he gets a lot of attention. Both my bunnies run more than 6 hours a day out of their enclosures.
I'd have them both out all the time because I'm not a believer in cages but until they are fixed, it has to be.
Good luck with whatever decision you make. The spare room sounds like a wonderful idea.



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Old 12-24-2010, 05:29 AM   #3
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I would not go smaller than 2X4ft, and that should not be used all the time. Flemish Giants are large and it would be like having a 15 pound dog in a crate all the time. Adding a pen to the cage would be a good idea to give the rabbit more room to move around. A x-pen can be a great cage for a rabbit, most of the dog ones cover an 4X4ft area. If you have the space, you could use the x-pen to make a 4X6ft area in addition to the cage.
A level/shelf might not be the best idea as it might not support the weight very well. You would need to make sure it can hold the weight of the rabbit. You should also have a ramp so the rabbit doesn't have to jump up and down as that could damage the joints.

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Yep, I agree a cage is not big enough to shut a flemish in for more that a short break while you tidy up or similar. I wouldn't bother with a cage at all really, spend the money on a pen or two linked pens or bunny proofing the room.

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:41 PM   #5
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The cage was only going to be used for nights/when I'm not home to watch it. I can't give it full run of the house because of the other animals. A dog that I don't trust even around the cats(Loves to chase them) and 2 kittens that haven't been around anything except guinea pigs and used to be strays. The other two cats love any rabbits I've had and ended up being their supervised cuddlepartner.
I suppose I'll be converting the spare room then. What could I use as a litterbox? And whats a cheap way to cover all the carpet up? The room is 9X10, so definitely will be big enough.

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:51 PM   #6
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we use cardboard on the floor. Cheap and easy to get and totally disposable.

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The room sounds great and will give you plenty of room for toys, everything needs to be larger so just a tunnel or hiding box soon fills up space in a cage/pen.

A plastic underbed storage box makes a good large litter tray that's not too expensive. A small plastic dog bed (if you can get one without holes in the bottom) is another alternative. About 2'x18" gives them room for poop one end and hay the other.

A piece of lino is another alternative to cover carpet.

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Old 12-28-2010, 03:08 PM   #8
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Flemmies are fun. It may just be a personality thing, but my flemie doesn't like to go up off the ground level. Wood construction though for ramps (18lbs is a bit heavy for cardboard). Space does fill up quickly, but after a few months they don't feel that big, other bunnies just look small.

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Old 12-28-2010, 04:24 PM   #9
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Muppet is completely opposite. She LOVES to jump up on her shelf! She spends her entire day up there. She is in a 6 ft x 3ft hutch right now with a playhouse that is attached, but she will be moving indoors with us eventually. She will then be staying in our downstairs ceramic tile bathroom when we are away, and then have the run of our downstairs level (family room and playroom) when we are home.

I agree with the no cage idea. Although Muppet isn't into exercise and sleeps most of the time, so do cats. And we don't put cats in cages!


Sorry Miz - I didn't see your other post about not being able to keep bun bun free range. I would just do a big cage at night and maybe a pen or the spare bedroom during the day.

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Flemish Giants are great pets! My Flemish Giants seem to be higher energy than my mini lop mixes. I would remand the minimum a 6x3 cage. But keep your flemmie indoors because they are very prone to heat stroke and be sure the cage is solid floor because a wire floor will cause soar hocks. Levels in a cage is FANTASTIC! Rabbits need to keep those back legs strong so having more than one level is great!

Good luck with your Flemmie!

Lots of Love from Laika, Bobbie, Sparkles (flemmie) and Lilliee (flemmie)



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