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    Thank you everyone for your kind words and support!

    You'll be pleased to know that Plumpkin is doing well. She's eating plenty, her poops look sound and she seems comfortable and relaxed throughout the day. She does tend to keep to one corner of the hutch, and is very wary of me. I imagine that because she wasn't used to having any room to move, this new bounty of free space is very alien and frightening to her.

    She's actually the most alert and happy when my cat pays her a visit. She really likes him and has run out of the hutch to greet him on occassion. She can see Hamilton and Beatrice across the garden and they're all intrigued by each other. There's a good 3 metres between them but it's nice that she can see there are other rabbits around. I hope it brings her some comfort if she's feeling lonely at all <3

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    That’s great to hear

    Could she be a future house rabbit perhaps? If she gets on with your kitty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangediva View Post
    That’s great to hear

    Could she be a future house rabbit perhaps? If she gets on with your kitty?
    It has admittedly crossed my mind! I've never had house rabbits before though, and my boyfriend and I own quite a lot of antique furniture, so I don't know whether that could be a problem with nibbling wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    It has admittedly crossed my mind! I've never had house rabbits before though, and my boyfriend and I own quite a lot of antique furniture, so I don't know whether that could be a problem with nibbling wood?
    It depends on the particulat bun, is she chewing her current hutch? One of our (indoor) buns can be a demon chewer, the other would be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horace the Bold View Post
    It depends on the particulat bun, is she chewing her current hutch? One of our (indoor) buns can be a demon chewer, the other would be fine.
    I haven't seen her chewing it, and the tiny hutch she was being kept in originally had no chew marks either, despite her obvious boredom. I think I'll have to read more into house rabbits, because I really wouldn't know what to expect!

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    Well done you for rescuing her.

    I hope the rehoming or house bunnying goes well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    I haven't seen her chewing it, and the tiny hutch she was being kept in originally had no chew marks either, despite her obvious boredom. I think I'll have to read more into house rabbits, because I really wouldn't know what to expect!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rabbit-Beha...40_&dpSrc=srch

    The above book has some fabulous photos and ideas re house rabbit set ups and protective bunny proofing - don’t know if you’ve seen it before but whenever I pick it up I want house buns. It’s my favourite rabbit book ever.

    Whatever you decide will be the right thing, you’ve saved her from a horrible life whatever you do now

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangediva View Post
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rabbit-Beha...40_&dpSrc=srch

    The above book has some fabulous photos and ideas re house rabbit set ups and protective bunny proofing - donít know if youíve seen it before but whenever I pick it up I want house buns. Itís my favourite rabbit book ever.

    Whatever you decide will be the right thing, youíve saved her from a horrible life whatever you do now
    Thank you orangediva, I may have to invest in that! Haha daphnephoebe, don't let my boyfriend know that it could even be a possibility

    To be honest, I am falling for Plumpkin. It wasn't very hard! She's so quiet, reserved and gentle. I want to show her what it feels to be loved so badly. I'm just not sure what is best for her. Here are the options in my mind...

    A. Rehome her with someone who has another bun she could socialise with, someone extremely reliable who has a lot of space for her.

    B. Bond her with Hamilton and Beatrice once their bigger setup is complete (probably summertime at the latest). The only thing is, she's only 1 and Ham and Bea are 4 and 5. The age gap would most likely mean she would end up sad and lonely at some point I don't think getting another rabbit is really an option though, due to how much the veggies cost every week. If anyone has any great tips for growing your own forage so I don't have to spend so much on spinach, kale and broccoli, I'd be much obliged! My bf and I are both vegan, so we spend a lot on vegetables as it is

    C. Make Plumpkin an indoor bunny. I have a cat who I already know she gets on with. She's just as big as him, if not bigger (she's a big bunny and he's a tiny cat) so I'm not too worried about that side of things. My concerns are how/where she would live and if any of the furniture would suffer as a consequence. Also, just because she's indoors and has the company of myself and the cat, would it still be unfair to keep her from having rabbit company?

    I want to do the absolute best for her. Any advice is really appreciated

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    If it were me I would go for B.

    A - If you acknowledge that you are already falling for her, you would be upset to let her go, even if you found a good home.

    C- I would be nervous about an inside rabbit chewing your furniture. Other rabbit company is also an isue.

    B - I don't think the age gap is any issue at all. My bereaved buck is just over 7 and I have recently bonded him with a doe aged 3 months. They both seem very happy with the relationship. Regarding ending up sad and lonely, well that would happen at some point to one of a pair of rabbits who are both the some age.

    I have never bought vegetables for my rabbits. I buy herbs for 2 or 3 months during the Winter, but the rest of the year I feed forage and home grown herbs. We also have Kale and Spinach growing in the garden most months of the year. Both are very very easy to grow and low maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    If it were me I would go for B.

    A - If you acknowledge that you are already falling for her, you would be upset to let her go, even if you found a good home.

    C- I would be nervous about an inside rabbit chewing your furniture. Other rabbit company is also an isue.

    B - I don't think the age gap is any issue at all. My bereaved buck is just over 7 and I have recently bonded him with a doe aged 3 months. They both seem very happy with the relationship. Regarding ending up sad and lonely, well that would happen at some point to one of a pair of rabbits who are both the some age.

    I have never bought vegetables for my rabbits. I buy herbs for 2 or 3 months during the Winter, but the rest of the year I feed forage and home grown herbs. We also have Kale and Spinach growing in the garden most months of the year. Both are very very easy to grow and low maintenance.
    Omi, thank you so much for saying all of this...it's what I've been leaning towards and this gives me reassurance. Plupmkin let me give her a really big fuss this evening and properly looked at me for the first time. When I stopped smoothing her head she leant forward to ask for more. It filled my heart up so much

    Please can you advise me on any good books or resources for growing from home as a beginner? I'm lapping up Gardener's World (so glad the episodes are going to be an hour from now on!) but I've never grown any of my own veggies before so it would be good to have a guide of when to seed and harvest. I recently purchased the book 'Raised Bed Revolution' and my OH and I are planning on creating a colonial style veg garden with this as our guide.

    Also, please could you advise any weeds that I can forage which might be around and about but I haven't noticed? I have a lot of Herb Robert and Dandelions in my garden which is a good start

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