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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Ah my dad used to pick sloes to make sloe gin - but i'd be a bit scared i'd get it wrong... plus its not September yet haha regarding belly rub... that wont work as Atticus can be so sweet and then so vicious

    I'll give the tea a go next time his stomach settles down thank you xx
    I'll try not to pressure you but to give you more confidence I can't see how you could get it wrong. Not all bushes have sloes on but this changes from year to year. When they blossom in roughly April the blossom comes out before the leaves. This is to identify where they are in your area. You'll soon see them from 1/4 mile away, just need to have a quick drive round your area. OK for your oiwn stock you'll have to wait until Sept. It's really easy if there are sloes on the bush! Tune in to the leaf shape & the colour. It's quite subtle but not that common = helps you find other bushes. You'll find HUGE thorns about 1"+ long inside the bush, at the same level as the sloes. Nothing else has these. Avoid stabbing yourself by handling very loosely & taking the more superficial, thornless twigs. The final test of love. Take the tiniest nibble of the leaf If it's blackthorn it'll dry out the tip of your tongue - the proverbial parrot's cage effect. Have you ever tasted a sloe before it's been steeped in spirit? Exactly the same effect! Hence the tiniest nibble.

    No it isn't September yet. I used to keep a store just for RUers when I was more active on here. I just collect some for my local vet now I'm rabbitless. My experience of the foragers is that they are very generous people. For now, maybe try to ask them on the diet threads. It's just a suggestion - no offense whatsoever if you're not keen for whatever reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumps_ View Post
    I'll try not to pressure you but to give you more confidence I can't see how you could get it wrong. Not all bushes have sloes on but this changes from year to year. When they blossom in roughly April the blossom comes out before the leaves. This is to identify where they are in your area. You'll soon see them from 1/4 mile away, just need to have a quick drive round your area. OK for your oiwn stock you'll have to wait until Sept. It's really easy if there are sloes on the bush! Tune in to the leaf shape & the colour. It's quite subtle but not that common = helps you find other bushes. You'll find HUGE thorns about 1"+ long inside the bush, at the same level as the sloes. Nothing else has these. Avoid stabbing yourself by handling very loosely & taking the more superficial, thornless twigs. The final test of love. Take the tiniest nibble of the leaf If it's blackthorn it'll dry out the tip of your tongue - the proverbial parrot's cage effect. Have you ever tasted a sloe before it's been steeped in spirit? Exactly the same effect! Hence the tiniest nibble.

    No it isn't September yet. I used to keep a store just for RUers when I was more active on here. I just collect some for my local vet now I'm rabbitless. My experience of the foragers is that they are very generous people. For now, maybe try to ask them on the diet threads. It's just a suggestion - no offense whatsoever if you're not keen for whatever reason.
    I'll definitely give it a go, so just to be clear so I don't mess up - I won't actually be able to get any until September right? But I should go find some bushes in April so that I know the locations? If so i'll take my dad with me as he knows where some are in the local country park.

    Thanks for suggestion I really do want to try everything, I'm just a little scared about poisoning him, I doubt myself a lot haha x

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Sorry Grace

    He's a beautiful rabbit

    I just use a half inch of warm water and swish it around. I don't put any shampoo or anything in there, and never have. The dirtiest bunnies come clean with water.

    But you do have to dry rather thoroughly, as you know
    Thanks, I'll do just that xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    What tests exactly did you have done for your bunny? (hope you don't me asking) x
    Of course I don't mind. They sent off samples of her poops and pee to check for coccodosis (not sure if that's the correct spelling) and to check for any other issues. She had all her levels checked on her heart, liver lungs etc and X-Rays. Then we was told to try on on a hay only diet then gradually introduce other food to see if that made any difference. She went to a few vets but eventually we found one that did plenty of research and said it ticks every box for megacolon - she was an English spot, she large mishapen poos and the extremely gassy stomach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    I'll definitely give it a go, so just to be clear so I don't mess up - I won't actually be able to get any until September right? But I should go find some bushes in April so that I know the locations? If so i'll take my dad with me as he knows where some are in the local country park.

    Thanks for suggestion I really do want to try everything, I'm just a little scared about poisoning him, I doubt myself a lot haha x
    Got it in one! It's very good to be cautious about forage & we used to encourage this. Sometimes people would post photos for I D. When we started, we liked 2 experienced foragers to independantly I D a photo. Even if it was a dandelion

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieC View Post
    Of course I don't mind. They sent off samples of her poops and pee to check for coccodosis (not sure if that's the correct spelling) and to check for any other issues. She had all her levels checked on her heart, liver lungs etc and X-Rays. Then we was told to try on on a hay only diet then gradually introduce other food to see if that made any difference. She went to a few vets but eventually we found one that did plenty of research and said it ticks every box for megacolon - she was an English spot, she large mishapen poos and the extremely gassy stomach
    Thanks so much for this x

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumps_ View Post
    Got it in one! It's very good to be cautious about forage & we used to encourage this. Sometimes people would post photos for I D. When we started, we liked 2 experienced foragers to independantly I D a photo. Even if it was a dandelion
    Yes I really wouldn't want to get it wrong haha


    When you stroke a normal bunny are you meant to easily feel all the bones? Shoulder blades and spine on Atticus are very pronounced... Trying to work out if he's lost too much weight or my other two are on the podgy side...?

    See attached picture, it's probably hard to see but those are his shoulders blades I think? Well they're bones sticking out. He's just laying down on my lap there x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Yes I really wouldn't want to get it wrong haha


    When you stroke a normal bunny are you meant to easily feel all the bones? Shoulder blades and spine on Atticus are very pronounced... Trying to work out if he's lost too much weight or my other two are on the podgy side...?

    See attached picture, it's probably hard to see but those are his shoulders blades I think? Well they're bones sticking out. He's just laying down on my lap there x

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    Could someone more used to Rex rabbits please answer Graciee? Mine were very thick coated, & had to be weighed on scales to assess weight loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Yes I really wouldn't want to get it wrong haha


    When you stroke a normal bunny are you meant to easily feel all the bones? Shoulder blades and spine on Atticus are very pronounced... Trying to work out if he's lost too much weight or my other two are on the podgy side...?

    See attached picture, it's probably hard to see but those are his shoulders blades I think? Well they're bones sticking out. He's just laying down on my lap there x

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    Ideally, no you shouldn't be able to feel all the bones.

    Sometimes rabbits carry more weight in their undercarriage, but even so, I wouldn't expect the top to be bony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Ideally, no you shouldn't be able to feel all the bones.

    Sometimes rabbits carry more weight in their undercarriage, but even so, I wouldn't expect the top to be bony.
    He definitely is bony should I take him to the vet? I realistically can't increase his pellets and he eats loads and loads of hay... Not sure what else I can feed him to make him put on weight

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