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Monday, May 14, 2018

Molly our #FlemishGiantRabbit and #TICK Problem

Over the course of Winter, two of our Lionhead doe rabbits  got  pregnant because  I had to put them inside and the   Bucks  somehow snuck inside their   space and voila, we had 5 additional  rabbits.  So while I am busy looking for  some  people  who can take some of these rabbits, my husband came home with  another one.  He said that he could not say No to this Flemish Giant.  So now we have 9 lionheads and one fleming giant rabbits, it's crazy.    We are being overrun by rabbits here folks!
Her former owner  named her Darla but we decided to  change her name to Molly.  She used to live in a farm but  the owner is going back to school so she could no longer care for her.
I was against it at first but now I changed my mind.  She is actually  a pretty chill bunny.  I found out that the  bigger the size of the bunny, the more calm and relax they are.  That's how Molly is, while the lionheads are busy running around in the yard, she is just  on the yard laying on the grass. 
My kids are crazy about her, she love being pet.  I was worried that  she might have  ticks when she first came so I  looked  and inspected her on the first day and did not find any.  The next day though, I found one  latched onto her  eyelid so we immediately  removed it with tweezer and killed the tick.  Then the same day we found one  on our Jack Russell Terrier as well.  Ugh, now I am panicking about ticks, I am kind of paranoid everytime I go outside.   
So far, those are the  last two ticks we found.  According to the news, ticks will be heavy this year.  We are buying a tick collar for our dogs
It said that there are plants that can help deter ticks such as garlic, mint, rosemary, rue, wormwood, fleabane daisy, chrysanthemums and pennyroyal.  Glad we have so many mints where the  rabbit  house is.   
There is also a plant that it is a magnet to ticks which if you have it in your yard, you might want to   think about  removing it.  I used to have it at our old house but thank goodness, we don't have it here in our new home.  The plant is called Japanese   barberry, it's a thorny   and invasive plant.  It's gorgeous though when it blooms  especially when the fruits are out during winter but yes, it is  believed to be a tick magnet.  There's a lot of it  in the woods so if you are wandering in the wooded area and see  Japanese barberry, be very aware of ticks.
Anyway, despite of tick   scare,  my kids can't  stay away from Molly, she is really a darling.  I decided to put her  in a  house rabbit for now because my  vegetable garden is just starting to grow  and  I did not want her   eating the new plants.  
Molly weighs around 15 pounds, she is heavy!  The former owner said that she is 6 years old and had 8 kits.
She love  mowing the grass.  Now that she is inside the rabbits house, I cut fresh grass and  give it to her  every morning.  She also love  carrots.  We stop buying  lettuce for now because of the  bacteria outbreak recently.  I  planted some lettuce and still waiting for them to get thick, maybe I can give them some when it's ready to harvest.  
Molly's droppings are huge compared to the lionhead bunnies.  I used the rabbits droppings  as fertilizer in the garden.  
 I like it that she is not scared of the dogs.  The former owner said that she's used to being around dogs in the farm.
We used the other side of our yard to  put the rabbit house.  The kids call it the BunnyLand.  We put together all the female in one house, the new one that we just built.  Female rabbits can  get along well but the males are needed to be  separated because they fight with each other.
We  tried to sell  our lionhead bunnies to a local pet store here but  they said nobody wants lionheads, bohooo.  I don't know why because they are so adorable.  It's true that they  are a lot of work but then again every pet  is a lot of work so I don't see why.  For now, I am looking for some who would adopt some of them, we had so many already!

19 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I hear bunnies are hard to sell back here, too -I think because they mate so often and there are just too many of them. Either way, they sure are cute.

Ricci Ellis said...

I always wanted a bunny when I was growing up! I this post would have been around then because maybe I could have talked my parents into it!! LOL!!

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Having a pet is fun and teaches children responsibility. Nice you could give her a good home and people to love her.

Gluten Free Lady said...

Ticks really freak me out but super cute bunny! I have had Lyme disease and other fun things from a tick bite so I love the tip about the tick magnet plant-I think we have one in our front yard-it is going bye-bye now!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I've never had rabbits as a pet. We get some wild ones in our yard. Molly looks very pretty, and huge.

AiringMyLaundry said...

What a cute bunny. My daughter would love her! She's all about small animals. Maybe one day we'll get one. Or a guinea pig.

Travel Quest said...

They are so cute sis do they really get ticks? As much as I love rabbits right now it is not a good idea. I have an out door cat who loves to hunt mice, birds, lizard, and recently baby bunny (not happy about it). But that is her nature she is a good hunter! Also I am allergic to bug bites. We put control tick med for our cat so she wont carry any fleas or ticks. It works though.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Aww how cute is that bunny! My other half really wants a rabbit, we don't have the room but we would in a shot if we did. Enjoy your rabbit.

Melissa Chapman said...

That rabbit is as big as a dog and so cute. I am always afraid of ticks and Lyme disease so we vaccinate our dogs every year.

Jenn@Engineermommy said...

She looks so adorable. I love the idea of a bunny as a pet. I think my girls would absolutely love one.

Emily, Our house now a home said...

She is so cute! My daughter has been wanting a bunny for a long time, but we already have two dogs and two guinea pigs, our zoo is filled for now.

Tasheena Womack said...

OMG! How adorable are your bunnies?! I think if I owned a bunny I would never want to put them down. So adorable!

Carol Cassara said...

The bunnies are extremely adorable and it's nice that you created a space for them to sleep and run around. Hope you find good families that will adopt some of them!

Lisa said...

She is beautiful. I would love to lay out in the yard and cuddle up with Molly myself. I never thought about ticks and bunnies but it makes sense.

Terri Steffes said...

What a cutie! I love how cuddly and cute your kids are with Molly. I never put bunnies and ticks together...ever.

Peter Macintosh said...

I don’t mind bunnies. I had one when I was a child but found they love to chew wires. This bunny is super cute glad it went to a loving damily

Stephanie Pass said...

We had a bunny years ago when I was a kid and my brother used him for magic tricks. This bunny looks so floppy and soft. I'd love to cuddle her.

Nita said...

What a cute bunny! Your kids are adorable.

Alison Rost said...

I think bunnies are absolutely adorable! I love that you've opened your home to many bunnies, but I hope you find people who are willing to adopt the babies. They're hard to resist!

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