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Kizza

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I am just looking at a website for a breeder near me, heres the link:

http://bloomingrabbits.webs.com/allaboutourbunnies.htm

He claims to be an expert but he is feeding his rabbits a bad diet made up of lucerne hay mixes and seeds and fruit.

It says on there that he weens them at 5 weeks and they are ready for sale at 6 weeks, is this a bit young to have them away from their mother?

Also, is a sulfur solution a bad thing to put in their water?

I am just curious because I guess I'm not an expert with rabbits and there is a lot of dodgy things that go on in pet stores near me and I make an effort to keep my eye on things so I can report anything fishy that goes on
 

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The sulfa solution is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Not an uncommon practice.

The diet looks fine.

The general practice to wean is at 5-6 weeks. Most certainly not too young to be away from the mother, although it's generally better to wait to sell until 8 weeks when the bunny can better tolerate the stress of a new home.
 

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I don't know, I never weaned mine until seven weeks and never sold one until eight weeks. What kinds of seeds and fruits is he feeding them?
 

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It says,

"4kg of Grey strip sun flower seeds $11.99 a bag.
22.5kg of Mitavite Economix $35.00 a bag .
25kg of Coprice Rabbit Pellets $19.95 a bag.
25kg of McCann Oaten + Lucerne mix $25.95 a lge bag very light."

And "a small treat, either a carrot, small apple, some celery and sometimes a weetbix, which they love. "

I don't have a clue what oaten or lucerne is.
 

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The diet seems fine to me, just a few changes I would make. I wouldn't feed veg/fruit to babies, though. And anything seedy, no. It'd a pure straight pellet.

Other than that, I wait to wean until 6 or 7 months; 8 or 9 for larger rabbits. The longer they're with mom, the better. And it is usually illegal to sell rabbits, dogs, cats, etc. under 8 weeks of age. ;)

Emily
 

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The diet posted was what they feed their ADULT rabbits. I'm pretty sure the babies also get it, because they mix all that stuff together and make their own feed.

I was told that, as long as mother was used to eating veggies, the babies could, too.
 

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BlueCamasRabbitry wrote:
The diet seems fine to me, just a few changes I would make. I wouldn't feed veg/fruit to babies, though. And anything seedy, no. It'd a pure straight pellet.

Other than that, I wait to wean until 6 or 7 months; 8 or 9 for larger rabbits. The longer they're with mom, the better. And it is usually illegal to sell rabbits, dogs, cats, etc. under 8 weeks of age. ;)

Emily
The sales laws vary by state. Some states have no laws relating to sale age of bunnies.
 

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Luvr of Wabbits and Polar Bears wrote:
BlueCamasRabbitry wrote:
Other than that, I wait to wean until 6 or 7 months; 8 or 9 for larger rabbits. The longer they're with mom, the better.
Emily
Emily 6 or 7 months? LOL wow you are a dedicated parent. :p
I was thinking the same thing LOL. Surely she meant weeks, you would have your babies having babies at that age. :biggrin:
 

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I always say my fingers are dyslexic, I know how to spell words in my head but they come out differently on the screen. :?
 
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