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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-30-2009, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy problems with flemish giants

I have had 2 female flemish giants from the same litter for 3 months now.When we first got them they were quite friendly, a little timid but friendly. As time passed they began to become more and more timid. Then they started to be aggresive towards people. We can no longer pet them at all. They pretty much run into their house when we come in the cage. We have set up a huge pen for them in our garage with a enclosed sleeping area and some shelves for them to climb on. I feed and give them fresh water twice daily. They have two litter boxes that I clean on a reguler basis. I did have an outdoor pen for them but it is a little distance from the garage so I had to carry them to it. I can't even touch them now let alone carry them. The final straw came a couple of weeks ago when I was trying to pet and hold one of the bunnies. He freaked out and actually bit me on my face. I can't figure out why these bunnies are so unhappy. Everything I read tells me by nature this breed of rabbit is the most non aggressive, dosile and social type. Mine seem to be the opposite. If anyone has any suggestions, please help me. I really don't want to have to get rid of them but a have children and it is not safe to let them near the bunnies. Please HELP.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-30-2009, 04:02 PM
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It sounds like they haven't been spayed and are hitting the "teenager" bunny phase. I would make an appointment to get them both spayed asap and make sure you get a rabbit-experienced vet.

This might help: http://rabbit.org/vets/vets.html




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It sounds like they haven't been spayed and are hitting the "teenager" bunny phase. I would make an appointment to get them both spayed asap and make sure you get a rabbit-experienced vet.

This might help: http://rabbit.org/vets/vets.html
Ditto this. Unspayed female rabbits are territorial, aggressive, and can be downright unpleasant to live with. Typically these behaviors will subside a month or two after spaying as the hormones leave their systems.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 09:46 PM
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Yep bun hormones are really strong and rule the rabbit. Once they are spayed they really should calm down. Also, female rabbit had a high risk of reproductive cancer so by spaying them you can avoid this. I cannot imagine how frustrated rabbit must feel with all those hormones constantly running through their systems. I am sure you will get back your sweet babies once those hormones are gone.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-03-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the advice. I am going to take them to the vet for a consultation. Hope this works. It's going to cost $160 per bunny so I really hope to get my "non-hormonal" bunnies back.
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Good luck with this--I hope it works Keep us updated as well.


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