Wow! What a year
it's been. It wasn't until I started archiving last years diary
that I realised how much had happened. Sad to think that this time
last year I was overjoyed because Rodney and Lou Lou has finally
bonded. It does seem so long ago.
Anyway, to bring you up to date. Rodney and Magic went to live
at Aunty Karen's until after we had moved house. Once the flooring
on the ground floor had been fitted and the furniture moved in we
were able to bring the bunnies back to the house. This was their
first Motorway journey. I ept plenty of hay in the travel box, but
Magic wouldn't settle and gathered up all the Vet Bed at one end
of the carrier. This meant careful driving round corners as Rodney
only had a slippery carriet bottom to stand on. Neither were stressed
out when they arrived at the their new home.
To start with I had setup the smaller Ferplast cage to keep them
in temporarily in the Kitchen. This was so they could get used to
the sounds and smells, but also to give me time to sort out the
bunny proofing. The kitchen will always be their base and ultimately
I aimed for them to be in their old dog cage just roaming free in
the kitchen when we were not around, then allowing them the run
of the ground floor when we were able to supervise.
The kitchen needed all "gaps" bunny proofing and the
installation of White Plastic Angle Beading on all skirting boards
and up the external corners of the wall. The Angle Beading was secured
to the skirting board using one small panel pin at either end, hammered
into the Skirting. We would recommend drilling the tiniest of pilot
holes first in the Angle Beading to make sure it doesn't shatter/splinter.
It looks great, fits in well with the skirting. The beading I put
on the external corners of the wall was to protect the plaster.
This was secured with Blu Tac!
The next stage, once all this bunny proofing was in place was to
move them from the cage to the Dog Cage. This was nerve racking
only from the point of view of whether they would remember their
litter training. We needn't of worried! Not a problem. Magic took
a while to get used to the Karndean Flooring (compacted vinyl tile)
but is fine now.
Rodney is still exhibiting displays of dominance by mounting Magic
but this is reducing in frequency. It is now up to me to get my
skates on and install the Angle Beading on all of the skirting on
the ground floor, and install a baby gate on the stairs to prevent
them going upstairs.
Another reason for having the baby gate is that I can now announce
that I'm 4 months pregnant! So any tips on bonding baby and bunnies
would be greatly received!
So I think that brings us up to date. If anyone can recommend a
good Rabbit Vet in Bury/Ramsbottom I would appreciate it as Rodney's
due for his boosters next month.
Keep safe in the wind - make sure your outside hutches are secure.
If the noise, for inside bunnies, is an issue try leaving the radio
on for them to distract them and act as a source of constant noise
in the background!