Special Care of Your Flemish Giant Rabbit !
These loyal pets thrive on attention, and they are gentle and mellow enough to be trusted with children. However its large size means it is not an ideal pet for small children. Small children could injure themselves or the rabbit when attempting to pick it up. But it is great for older children who can handle it properly.
If you're considering a Flemish Giant, also consider the cage you will need for these bunnies. 30 by 48 inches by 24 inches high is considered to be the smallest acceptable floor space for a single Flemish Giant, though larger quarters are of course, encouraged. Make sure to get a cage that does not have wire floors because they will hurt the Flemish Giant's feet.
Feed them high quality Timothy hay and 17% or 18% percent protein pellets daily. Sunflower seeds added to their diet, will make their coats glossy, but do not feed them too much, because it is a high fat food. If you decide to let your rabbit roam free in your back yard, make sure it is well fenced and remember that they can burrow. If you decide to let it roam about the inside of the house, keep all electrical cords out of reach, as they like to chew. Flemish Giants can stand the cold well, but they can not tolerate temperatures above 90 degrees. It is essential that they be kept in the shade during the summer. If the temperature exceeds 90, evaporative coolers can be used in barns to keep them cool, fine water sprays can be used outdoors.
A "pet quality" rabbit is one that does not meet the standards set forth by the ARBA and may include flaws as simple as color, markings, coat texture and the length of the ears and can prevent a rabbit from being graded show quality by its breeder.
A "show quality" rabbit meets all of the standards as defined by the ARBA. These standards include proper color, size, coat, teeth, eyes, and pure-bred Flemish Giant genetics.
What is most important, however, is that the correct rabbit is matched with the correct home, be it a show home or a companion home. Both types of homes are equally important. The right home gives that rabbit the best chance of a
life-long loving relationship with its owner.
*credit to Taylor's berries&bunnies
Lt. Gray Jr. Flemish Giant buck.
(from Taylors Bunnies , Willard, MO)
Tips for a happy Giant !!!!!
Keep cool in the summer, ( bottles of Ice to lay on help out some,
Water at all times, and Ventilation)
Keep your giant on some solid flooring not to hurt there feet,
Treats, there are many things rabbits like to have as treats, do not over do it obese rabbits will have a shorter life span, do not give them sugar, or chocolate! Chocolate is toxic. And Lettuce is not a good treat for rabbits, it can cause many problems with there digestive track. I would not give rabbits under 3 months of age treats, in many young bunnies, it causes diarrhea and in some case causes severe diarrhea causing dehydration, and even death in many rabbits, I would not risk it ... Toys such as baby toys to toss around, and attention, are plenty of (treat) until they reach the (safe age of 3 to 4 months old)