Ok well I'll help you out best I can!!! The chinnie thing I don't know about...they could live in the same room I'm sure...playtime together I don't know cause we don't have chins but chinchilla girl should be able to tell you when she gets her phone fixed!
Ok cage size - The rabbit should be be able to stand up on it's hind legs, stretch out along the floor of the cage and be able to turn around comfortably. Find out the actual size of the adult before you go cage buying! There should also be room for their food bowl and a litter tray. (corner ones are great but they may be too small if you are getting a really large breed)
Technically rabbits should stay with their mum until they are 8 weeks old but I have always got rabbits at 6 weeks of age and they have always been fine. Just only feed them a good balanced pellet diet (ask Steph what she uses...I use an aussie brand)
Australia and the us have different ideas on when you should start feeding a rabbit vegetables. I'm sure on us sites it says that you should wait until they are 4 months old before you introduce vegetables. I have always given my rabbits vegies from 8 weeks of age (Aus recommendation) without any trouble. However until they are four months of age I only give them a little bit once a week. I'll find out the real reasoning behind waiting for you when I have a bit of time Kim.
I give my rabbits vegetables in the morning, half a cup of pellet mixture in the evening (they weigh 4-5 pounds) and unlimited hay supply. Obviously the bigger they are the more they need. They eat in the morning and of a night time...seeing as how they are nocturnal animals.
Rabbits are very social animals....they love to live in pairs! If you get them both young you should have no problems what so ever with them getting along....as long as you don't get two boys! Two boys will fight once they reach maturity....even if they are brothers.
I would recommend getting a girl and a boy, only for the fact that boys in general are much nicer (says she with two girls!!
However if you want your rabbit to totally bond with you and only you, and you don't mind it following you around the house, pushing your books out of it's way and demanding a pat when you are trying to read and jumping on your dinner plate full of food then you want a single bunny! If you have two they will still bond to you, just not as much, cause they have a friend of their own species. It boils down to how much time you have for them.
No matter what they should be speyed/neutered. At 4 months old your rabbit will become a horror!!! It will hit it's teenage years and even though it dies down at 6 months of age to get your super sweet bunny back you need to get them fixed to calm the hormones. There are health reasons too but to me a super sweet bunny is much nicer and good enough reason!!!
When Rodger was a teenager he actually picked up our cd's and threw them across the room!! He also chased Alex in an attempt to bite his ankles cause Alex wanted him outside and he wanted inside!! He solved that problem though....he just ate a big hole in the screen door and came charging through!!
See what I mean!! Be thankful though....the two months does go quick!
Types of veggies....my girls mainly get carrots, brocolli and corn on the cob. They also get snow peas, beans, and fruits. Avoid giving them potatoes cause they are poisonous and anything that creates gas in us (like cabbage) should be avoided cause rabbits can't vomit and they can't fart.
Lettuce is a big no no too!! Just avoid it all together...it has no nutritional value for them and can cause diarrhoea.
My girls love apples but they get a small amount as a treat once a month....anything with lots of sugar can make them a sugar addict and they will start refusing everything else. By the end of Rodger's life I was having trouble to get him to anything apart from baked beans and green curry's!!
He found those himself by the way and decided they were much better than his food.
I give them watermelon, mango, strawberry etc. in summer....it's a great way to help keep them cool.
While rabbits don't always have to have cool temps like chins they don't do well in heat so they need to have cold water and a frozen water bottle in their cage on the hot days to help keep them cool is needed. A spray of water over the ears cools them down too.
Bedding...you can't beat straw and newspaper. Shavings can cause respiratory problems. And a recycled newspaper based litter is best too...they will eat their litter so this type digests easily. nothing that clumps together when wet or anything too dusty.
ok how was that?
is a great site but I don't agree with everything they say so if you have any questions just ask! If you handle your rabbits from day one they will let you hold them and they will be happy to be held.....