Keeping Flemish Giant Rabbits
See the bunny in the picture there? Well its not fake, some rabbits really can get that big! They are known as giant rabbits, and a popular breed of such rabbits are Flemish Giant rabbits. Most Flemish Giant rabbits won't get anywhere near that big, of course, but even normal sized ones can grow very large indeed.
If you want to keep Flemish Giant bunnies, then you are going to need a very big cage, or some very big indoor space, and also lots and lots of food! Giant rabbits go through food at a very fast rate indeed, so keep in mind the fact that your bunny food bills will soar if you get a Flemish Giant!
How Big Should The Flemish Giant Cage Be?
A bunny's cage should always be long enough for it to run and play in, so with a Flemish Giant that can mean a minimum of about eight feet by five feet, with a height of at least three feet. That is a very big cage, but in order for your rabbit to be healthy and happy, it will need that much space. If you keep your Flemish Giant inside, then you can have a smaller cage for sleeping and toileting and then let it out to run around. This makes your bunny a better pet and also more healthy!
In spite of their huge size, Flemish Giant rabbits are very docile and quiet creatures, generally speaking. They also don't run around and jump as much as the smaller breeds, preferring to laze around most of the time. For this reason, Flemish Giants can actually be better pets for children than some of the mini breeds, which are much less friendly and which are prone to nipping and biting.
How Big Will It Get?
If you get a Flemish Giant rabbit, you are looking at getting a bunny that will weigh around fifteen pounds by the time it is nine months old. It could quite easily grow larger than twenty pounds!
Where Should I Get My Flemish Giant From?
It is always best to get a rabbit from a good breeder. There are several reasons for this. One, it means that your rabbit will have good breeding, and be less likely to get sick or have temperament problems. For two, it means that you will have an expert you can call on if you have any questions, or if you run into problems with your bunny. Rabbits are quite strange animals in many ways, more like keeping a sheep than a cat or a dog, so having someone on hand to help when needed can be a godsend.
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