Originally Posted by jim777
Any ideas what your grandmother would do with these? I can't have them starving in my yard, I just can't. Whatever I need to do for these rascals I need to do.
My grandmother would be more than happy to raise them and their life would be heaven for a rabbit. You of course would have to ship them, and I honestly don't know how you go about shipping animals. She has about 10 cages, 1 rabbit per cage. The cages are huge, each cage is about the size of a car, they have mesh on the top bottom and sides and she keeps the floor of the cage covered with fresh grass. Her life literally revoloves around her rabbits, and she has raised them since she was 12, I'd say she knows more about them than practically anybody, especially wild ones. She has about 6 of them right now, which are identical to the ones you have. Usually she gets them from people like you, who find them either in their yard via the dog, or aound the road. She cuts a bag full of fresh grass and clover for them every single day, even in the winter she finds grass and clover for them everyday, she says the love clover the best, and that grass that kinda looks like cabbage, and she usually gives them a dessert of carrotts haha. She has to keep them seperated b/c for some reason if you put rabbits together in a cage they fight each other, regardless if they've been in their together since they were born. She did tell me not to touch one unless I planned on giving it to her b/c the mom will abandon them when they smell the scent. They are believe it or not fairly high maintance as far as keeping them clean water, grass, and their pen cleaned out. They usually live for quite a few years tho, I'd say 4-8 years depending. The rabbits usually get to know her from her feeding them everyday and usually shes the only one that can handle them. Its crazy, they'll come to her and let her pick them up and pet them, but if anybody else trys to pet them they start hopping around like crazy and they WILL bite you if you try to pick them up.....once their not a baby that is, it seems like their real nice til they get about 3-4 months old. I tell her she shouldn't keep rabbits, that she should release them into the wild, and she won't have any of it. She says she can't stand the thought of a dog, wolf or snake eating one of her rabbits. I do have to say her rabbits probably live alot longer than your average rabbit, and their definitely not starving for food. All the cages have roofs so they don't get wet or too hot, and all the sides are mesh wire so they can still see each other, just not fight each other. She has a few of them she actually takes out of the cage sometimes and lets them play in the house, haha, its name is Sneaky, b/c it gets in the house and when she isn't looking runs and hides, or gets into stuff (prowls) hence the name Sneaky. A pet rabbit you buy in the store is very easy to take care of and would be a great pet for your daughters, but wild ones on the other hand would not. Alot of the ones she has she cannot tame, and don't like to be petted, one of them actualy died right in her hands when she picked it up, she thinks it had a heart attack, it was about 2 months old, its the only one that has died on her like that, like i said, most of them usually live to be about 4-8 years. She gets to know their pesonality and she knows what each one likes best to eat, which ones like to be petted, etc.....
Let me know if you would like to give them a good home, I'm sure your daughters would beg you otherwise but I'm just being totally honest with you, unless they plan on revolving their lives around that rabbit for the next 4-8 years it would be better to let someone have them who would. They all almost always get wild, no matter how much you pet them, and will not allow anyone to pet them unless its somebody like my grandmother who has rabbit blood in her veins haha. If your daughters kept them, in about 2-3 months when they start getting wild they will either A) run from you or try to bite you when you try to pet them, or B) Scare them half to death trying to pet them.
If you let them back in the wild, without the help of their mom its hard to say if they would ever make it.