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Posted by: laurarfl at Sun Jan 16 09:19:25 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by laurarfl ]  
   

If you get a good quality shopping bag, like from Target, and watch for the claws, it will hold a good sized rabbit nicely.

I had the same problem with my Burm who was 10yo when I got him. He was fed only live, but I wasn't into keeping rabbits around here. He would eat F/T GP and rabbits, but it was hit and miss. Then I had a local supplier for FK and that just worked better for a while. Then the supplier quite carrying rabbits. So it was back to F/T. He used to be pretty picky, but is much better now. I have found that feeding him smaller meals more often helps (he also has chronic kidney disease), so I feed him 2 med rabbits twice monthly (he is 12ft, 50#). That is about max for him.

I always want every feed to be a success, so I dry off the rabbit when it gets wet, clean off excrement or ear funk, and feed him in the evening when he's active. If he's near his shed cycle, I don't feed at all until he's completely done with the shed. (he will "kill" but not eat if he's shedding or close to it). Then I leave him alone for a few days after eating because my guy gets crabby after he eats. He hisses more and pushes with his coils. I watch him for clues about appetite, such as being more active and cruising in the evening.

So in a matter of two years, he went from being a sickly 75/25 chance live eater who would often kill but not eat to a healthier 50/50 chance FT eater, to an even healthier almost 100% FT eater.


   

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