07-23-2017 01:36 PM - edited 07-23-2017 01:37 PM
I have 4 rabbits, three girls and two boys. They live outside in a hutch that we just finished building, and the boy rabbit lives separate from the girl rabbits. Chestnut is the one who is losing fur, and she is also the mom of the three other rabbits.
I just went to check on the rabbits, and Chestnut has a bald patch on her forehead. I am pretty sure that one of her daughters, Hazelnut, has been picking on her fur. I know she is not nesting and having any other babies. Why is Hazelnut (possibly) picking at Chestnut? And what should I do about it? I can always separate them, but I cannot separate them forever. If you have any suggestions, please reply. Thank you.
07-24-2017 12:29 AM
Hi beaglepug02. We've asked our animal expert regarding your concern and here's her reply:
Have you seen Hazelnut picking at that specific spot on Chestnut? If so, does she pick at any other spots on the body, are those spots bald as well?
If you notice the girls are picking on each other causing the bald spot, they may need something as simple as more enrichment to stimulate their mind and prevent destructive boredom behaviors. If that is not successful, they should be separated. If your males are not neutered, you could discuss that option with your veterinarian as changing living arrangements may be feasible option with neutered males.
If you are not seeing destructive behavior, thinning hair and bald spots can be caused by several things, I have provided a few of the most common health concerns below. Your local vet should be able to help you identify/diagnose and treat the health concern at hand.
Hope it helps.
07-24-2017 03:06 PM
I will try to get them more rabbit toys to play with. I definitely know it's not mites, because they had mites a year ago and it doesn't look like mites.
I haven't seen Hazel picking on Chestnut, but I am assuming that, because I have seen some bite marks on my other girl rabbit, Strawberry. (I haven't seen any bite marks on Hazel)
Do you have any recommendations for good rabbit toys?
Thanks for getting back to me!
07-25-2017 05:31 PM
Thank you for your question, here's an article from the community with tips on how to play with your rabbit and one on how to rabbit proof your house. There's also a variety of toys and chews on petco.com (and at your local Petco store) that would be great for your rabbit, check them out here. I hope this helps and would love to see a photo of Hazel and Chestnut!
07-27-2017 08:13 AM
I will definitely try to get them some more toys. Here's (left to right) Hazelnut, Strawberry, and Chestnut posing in sunglasses
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10-04-2017 03:40 AM - edited 10-04-2017 03:44 AM
My boy rabbit is named Hoppy too! Mine is a lop eared, fluffy brown and white. My Hoppy is shedding to ready for his winter coat (we live in Wisconsin). I'm not sure about brand but I bought a plush banana mine likes and the ones that hang on cage to be chewed are a favorite. The balls made of woven grass or the ones that look like twisted wood are chewed apart quickly but really enjoyed!
10-04-2017 06:42 AM
Yes, thankfully Chestnut is doing SO much better now because we separated her from the other bunnies. She is also growing her winter coat.
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