When I first started raising rabbits, I had them all in tractors in a small meadow next to my house. After a while, I got tired of lugging around bags of feed, buckets of water, and all the bits and bobs, so I created a “bunny basket.” When bunny chore time rolled around, I could fill the containers with food, tuck in a few bottles of water, add in practical bits, and I was good to go – one carryall with all my needs covered.
Now that my rabbits are living in a bunny barn in a colony, I don’t have to move feed and water around, but I still have plenty of bits and bobs that need organizing. I’ve repurposed my bunny basket to hold my ever-growing collection of bunny care items. (I also have a large bin to house larger items and backup supplies.)
These are the things I have on hand. (I still have a couple of cages for quarantining sick or new bunnies. My DIL has a couple of bunnies in cages because they won’t play nice in the colony.)
food & water
- hanging food bowls for cages
- hanging drinking cups for cages
- soda bottles for the drinking cups
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- standard bowls for colony feed (I use this waterer for the colony floor)
I have extra of all of the food and water items so when I clean out the rabbitry each week, I can set out clean ones and take the used ones in to wash and restock. All this stuff goes into the bin because it’s rather bulky.
handling & breeding rabbits
I love my bunnies and most of them handle well, but there are still those moments when bunnies get jumpy and you can get some pretty serious scratches. One birthday my sweetie bought me some cut sleeves. They are truly amazing. I wear them when I’m doing a lot of handling, like with breeding or tattooing.
- cut gloves/sleeves (‘Cause bunnies can kick and scratch.)
- dry erase markers, Sharpies, pens (This is for the breeding calendar on the wall and any paperwork I have.)
- tattoo pen
- rubbing alcohol
- numbing spray
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I truly hate it when my rabbits get sick. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but I like to be ready with items that can help clear up a problem or make them more comfortable.
- triple antibiotic ointment (for scrapes and scratches, buy it at the Dollar Store)
- mineral oil (for ear mites)
- Ivermectin (for ear and skin mites)
- Terramycin (for eye irritations)
- baby gas drops (if you suspect your rabbit has bloat)
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I haven’t had to use these yet, but I’m ready!
- syringe with nipples (for feeding motherless kits)
- powdered goats milk or kitten milk
You never know when you’ll need a bit of string or a pair of pliers to make a repair.
- wire cutters
- needlenose pliers
- Jclip pliers and Jclips (this is what you use to construct a cage)
- any cage construction bits I want to be able to find again
I have a small scale for weighing kits to keep an eye on their growth rates. If I need to weigh heavier bunnies I use a luggage scale and a bucket.
Well, there you have it. All my bunny bits are in my “bunny basket” and easy to find. It’s a great practical tool.
bunny baskets © Lori / Dandelion Hill Homestead