American Chinchilla Rabbits
You may wonder how rabbits can possibly be endangered since you see rabbits everywhere. It's our specific breed, the American Chinchilla Rabbit, that's in danger and we would really like to stay around if we can. We're very quiet and gentle but we enjoy running around to play or just snuggling up to you. Snuggling is fun!
We're looking forward to having little one's in the early spring. We don't cost very much to keep and can fit very nicely in your home with a litter pan or in your backyard. If you'd like to help save our breed by adopting one or two of our babies when we have them, that would be so great!
If you can't have one of babies for your very own, would you consider sponsoring us? If so, please Click here - just $25 per month will keep us fed but you can choose any amount that fits your budget. If you would like to make your donation happen every month, please check the box on the paypal site that says, "Make this a monthly donation." You can also send a note if you want to sponsor one of us by name. We are Mr. Beau, Mr. Murray, Ms. Alabama and Ms. Dakota - thank you so much!
How we like to live and be handled...
Rabbits need to feel comfortable and protected. A simple box inside a cage that the rabbit can rest comfortably in or on top of is fine and it also makes it easy to pick up and handle your rabbit.
Rabbits also enjoy having a small hay rack. To maintain the health of your rabbit you’ll have to maintain a clean rabbit habitat. Place the cage either in an area where your rabbit will get accustomed to the traffic (without getting startled) or in an area that is always quiet and calm.
Try talking out loud as you approach your rabbit to let it know you are in the area. It will become familiar with your voice and will be less likely to get startled. You can also enhance your rabbit habitat by placing some sticks or wood blocks (not painted, stained, glued, or strong smelling wood) in the cage for your rabbit to chew on. This helps maintain dental health for your rabbit.
The male American Chinchilla Rabbit weighs between 9-11 pounds at maturity and the female is a bit larger at 10-12 pounds. They have complex social, environmental and behavioral needs but can be kept happily as pets. They're quite docile, good natured and very gentle. As well as intelligent, curious and playful, enjoying company and attention. This breed is usually good with children and are also well-suited as house rabbits. Their lifespan is generally 7-10 years.
What we should eat...
Fresh grass, timothy orchard hay and vegetables should make up the bulk of the diet for pet rabbits. Feeding a diet consisting mainly of pellets may result in obesity and increase the likelihood of digestive problems. Roughage also aids in the prevention of hair balls. Anything other than hay, vegetables, and pellets is considered a treat and should be fed in strict moderation. Hide hay, pellets and greens in paper bags, cardboard tubes and boxes.
As a general rule, you should NEVER feed your rabbit iceberg lettuce as it contains lactucarium, which can give your rabbit diarrhea so bad that it becomes fatal. Other common foods to avoid include cabbage, parsnips, kale, potato tops, and tomato leaves.
If you let your rabbit free in the garden or home, make sure that you don't have any of the following growing in places that are accessible to the rabbit, as they can also be dangerous to your bunny: Clover, Foxglove, Honeysuckle, Iris, Hemlock, Poppies, Deadly Nightshade, Buttercups, Bluebells, Arum Lilies, Ivy, Daffodils and other bulbs, Primulas, Jasmines, Fairy Primrose, Dahlia, Delphiniums, Larkspur, Snowdrops, Tulips, and Anemones are all common plants that can cause problems for your bunny. In general it is best to restrict your bunny to grass only areas with no clover in them. Clover can cause gas, and rabbits have no means to expel the gas, which can mean bloat and death.