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Old 03-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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I've heard that rabbits are nocturnal, but the vet told me they're not - that they need a full 24 hour night/day cycle just like people.

I've been keeping parrots for many years and we all get up about 5am here. Birds and bunny go to bed around 8pm. Is this normal? He makes the occasional chewing on the cage and shredding of the newspaper noises at odd times during the night. During the day Coco has full run of the house when I'm home to supervise, and has several spots that he spends long naps.

Is this all normal? Also, I uploaded some cute pix of Coco (in my profile) and am testing the photo 'insert' feature here!

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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Sounds normal to me. Buns seem to spend the middle of the day napping. I know Ellie does, she sleeps during the middle of the day, only gets up to eat and poop. Then goes back to a corner and naps some more. Around 6-11pm she goes insane and gets really active. But goes to bed pretty easily, she gets up again at about 7:30-8am when we get up. We all seem to be on a similar schedule.
I think everyday it just sort of depends on whats going on in the house, as to what she's doing during the day and during the night. If I'm up late, she's up late. If the house is quiet during the day (ie. my son isn't home) she's napping in a corner. So different days, different behaviors. I don't think there is a set "normal" for buns, like there isn't a set "normal" for people.

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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bunnies aren't nocturnal, but they don't follow a "people" schedule either - they're crepuscular, which means most active at dawn and dusk, doing a lot of sleeping during the middle of the day and the middle of the night.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Thumper wakes up early when we do. I then let him out into his room around 8:30am. He plays for a while. The rest of the day he spends napping other than to eat, drink or potty occasionally. Sometimes he'll groom himself. Around 8pm he then gets active again. We put him in his cage right before we go to bed. Sometimes I hear him up for a while moving around in his cage.

I used to clean his cage in the early evening. Now I do it in the early afternoon and now he will come over to play for a little while during the time I am in his room.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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Mine are basically the same. I let them out usually mid afternoon when I get home and they are pretty quiet most of the afternoon, napping and then wandering and napping again. I usually put them away when I go to bed around midnight and i can still hear them tossing things about and making noise for a little while. They usually binking and race about between about 9 to 12 just before I put them away. I try not to mess with their schedule too much regarding feeding although they always know when it should be due.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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I can't tell you how happy I am that I found this site. He is such a little joy and I want to take the best care of him that I can. I've been watching him closely for the past month and have noticed that from about 10am - 5pm he's very inactive. Napping a lot and snacking here and there. But he is more active in the mornings and evenings for sure.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:24 PM   #7
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Dawn and dusk when predators have the most trouble spotting them. Some of ours are active if they are out day and night, and some are just lumps. It varies from rabbit to rabbit. Our Checkered Giant is an extremely active bunny and she's huge.
Sometimes I feel like I'm running a fertilizer factory.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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Me and the wife work the graveyard shift so we're odd enough, I have no idea how the rabbits work out. Conan gets active about 6am then his activity level dies at about 10am. He gets active again around 10pm and stays so until 2am. Xena, can't say I've gauged her accurately yet plus with splitting out time for two seperate living rabbits its a bit difficult to tell at this time.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #9
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It sounds like Coco is pretty normal, thank goodness. I have another question, if you don't mind. This question is going to be a bit disjointed, but will make sense in the end. Bear with me

I have five parrots who, along with Coco, have full run of the house during the day. We bird proofed our house long ago so it's very safe in here. And Coco does not have an interest in cords. And I'm here all day to supervise.

At night everyone goes in a covered cage. I've done this with my birds for years, so they can sleep well and not have to be 'on guard' at night. We leave Coco's cage a tiny bit uncovered because I'm not sure if he was used to such darkness before we got him, and I didn't want him to be scared at night. Coco sleeps downstairs next to my roommate and he has reported that Coco chews on the bars of his cage at night, every night. And he is often up chewing, scratching, etc. at all times of the night.

My question is this: given the safeness of my house, would it be OK to let Coco have full run of the house at night? I'd hate for him to feel 'stuck' or 'caged.' And do you think he would prefer or benefit from the sense of security that a covered cage would afford? Or, does he even care about that? I know rabbits are burrowing animals and thought he might like that cave feeling of a covered cage.

I worry about this every night so any advice would be most welcomed. Thank you!
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #10
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I, too have birds so have bird proofed my house as best I can. Long time being owned by birds but still new to buns. So take my thoughts with a grain of salt! lol Anyway, I personally feel it is best for the bunnies (I have two Jersey wooly does) to be in either a cage or an xpen for the night. A bunny's main "job" besides reproducing more bunnies is eating & chewing! lol With those teeth & their intelligence it is hard for them not to find away to get into trouble. Perhaps other more experienced bunny people can give you more help from their experience but I am still not comfortable with my bunnies being allowed "total freedom" without supervision. Oh, course, I tend to be overly cautious with the philosophy "Better to be safe than sorry." Nice to meet another bird/bunny person! Will be interested in following this thread & the replies you receive! Coco is a beautiful bunny!

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