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Please note: I am no longer breeding bunnies, all have been neutered! Yay!
I have had the pleasure of being owned by bunnies since I was a child many moons ago. Bunnies are a real pleasure to be around and through the years I have learnt so much about them (and am still learning!).
My main aim of the website is to promote bunny welfare by sharing what I do for my own bunnies, why and how I do it. Sharing is caring, after all. I have learned about bunnies not only from my own buns but from the internet too (probably the most important being the bunny diet and digestive system). It is fun, for me and the buns, to try out new ideas for toys, play and housing. This is a place for me to share and document all that I learn and what my bunnies really think about it all (pinterest is excellent for collecting ideas My Bunny Board!).
I am also a hobby breeder of pure pedigree mini lop rabbits based in Market Bosworth, Warwickshire, CV13 0PH. I do not have a lot of litters but when I plan them or have new litters in the nest I will add them to my New Litters & Bunnies for Sale page.
I love my bunnies very much and they are first and foremost my pets and are very much a part of our family. I will never sell one of my adult bunnies because they are “retired” from breeding, how could I :(?!
I believe a good, honest and caring rabbit breeder can reduce the amount of bunnies who end up in rescue centres accross the country. As you will probably find out I am not a fan of big corporate companies selling pet rabbits in store as I believe this is what is causing the huge numbers of unwanted bunnies. Visit a rescue centre (I do alot!) and you’re unlikely to find pedigree bunnies in there (of any breed, not just lops). It is mainly cross bred bunnies (from pet shops which I like to call bunny mills).
Bunny care has come a long way but there is still a way to go. Did you know rabbits are the 3rd most popular pet in the UK but the most mistreated pet of all :(. I personally think this is because they are:
- Misunderstood – rabbtis love to play and need a suitable home (see Ideal Bunny Homes), they are not the equivalent of a pet hamster in terms of time and cost and this is what pet shops/some breeders are failing to put accross to prospective bunny parents;
- Bred unscrupulously by pet shops as a business resulting in painfully shy buns who could be in their 2nd or 3rd home by the time they are ‘purchased’ (a babies experiences will affect the rest of their adult lives and effects their behaviour, yep, just like children);
- Incorrect information given to prospective bunny parents (in the hope to sell, sell, sell);
- Just like a dog, if conditions are not right for a bun, ‘bad’ behaviour will ensue, resulting in people feeling they are not able to keep their bunnies anymore;
- Pet shops, in my opinion, encourage bunny owners to buy on a whim (and give a discount to buy two, a huge commitment with no thinking time!). You can walk into a pet shop and purchase a bunny there and then after a mad idea came to you. There is no cooling off period for your moment of spontanaiety there. No one can buy one of my buns like this. There is at least a good few weeks to wait for your bunny to grow!
This is all totally preventable if a new bunny owner is merely given the correct information about their buns. Rabbits should only be bred from pedigree bunnies with an excellent temperament. This is the only way to guarantee your bunnies lovely temperament and size giving them the best start in life (you must be aware of how big your baby is going to grow to ensure adequate housing, runs and equipment, you could end up shelling out a small fortune if your hutch isnt big enough for your now huge rabbit).
Please have a peruse at all my bunny articles and pages whether you are a bunny parent yourself or considering the idea. I constantly update and add new articles (and reviews) on here so please subscribe to be kept upto date with new blogs and reviews.
Why Buy A Bunny from Me?
My bunnies are all pedigree babies meaning that I can trace back at least 3 generations of all my bunnies (see My Mini Lops for more info on parents/grandparents of my babies & ancestry of my buns).
Through the years I have had many breeds of buns, including cross breeds (the pet shop type buns & rescues), and I have fallen in love with the mini lop breed and only keep this breed currently (I have children now and it just seems to work better). I have never come across any behavioural or physical problems with my current bunnies or their parents/grandparents. Some problems are genetic and could cost you a small fortune for the rest of bunnies lives (e.g. like mismatched ‘wolf teeth’ where a vet has to sedate your bunny to shorten their teeth every so often £££).
I do not sell my bunnies to anyone who is not on my waiting list. This basically ensures that I am a responsible breeder in that no one can buy my bunnies on a whim. I advertise them at such a young age so that people have waited a long time by the time their new baby is ready. I still try to match people up with their desired colours (we all have our faves!) and most importantly desired sex. I do not let any bunnies be reserved until 4 weeks of age so that I can match the bunnies to the bunny parent to be. I’m also suspicous and I don’t want to jinx things haha. The waiting list and waiting for bunny to grow/no deposits until 4 weeks etc gives people a good “cooling off” period to think about the commitment they are soon to make. I do ask for deposits, but this is not so that I can keep your money if your circumstances change (lol) or to hold you to a purchase. Bunnies aren’t cars or furniture hehe. It is merely so that I know you are serious about the bunny you want. If you change your mind, and you now feel a pet rabbit is no longer for you then I would prefer to give back a deposit than that person take one of my precious babies from me if they were not 100% committed. All I ask for is honesty. This will give me a chance to offer the bun to the next person on my waiting list.
If you ask me a question about my bunnies or pet rabbits in general (I do encourage questions so please dont be shy 🙂 ) then I will do my best to answer promptly and I will always be totally honest. Brutally honest! I do not want anyone to go into bunny ownership with their eyes closed, especially when its one of my little dumplings they are taking away.
I will not let someone buy two or multiple bunnies from me if I do not feel they fully understand the exra responsibilites this will entail (double costs of food, the slight possibility of them not getting on later in life resulting in an extra cost for housing, neutering for birth control is a MUST if you have a male and female regardless of their housing circumstances, the bunnies WILL get together I promise you! I will not sell males together). I have no reason to Sell, Sell, Sell. My bunnies sell well just being themselves :). The day they do not sell is the day my bunnies hang up their breeding boots (I think I just heard my boy Flash whimper a little!).
Most importantly, I am ALWAYS here to help with anything bunny related. Before AND after you have my bunnies. Even if you don’t have my bunnies but want some rabbity advice, if I can help I will. Please send me pics of how my babies are doing (it is very hard letting them go you know!).
I charge £35 per baby regardless of colour or gender. I feel this is a good price to find good homes for my bunnies. If ever you doubt this price, come and see my babies and compare the bunnies here to your pet shop bunnies. I do not just mean the way they look (after all, beauty is only skin deep right haha) but their temperament. I do not make ANY profit whatsoever selling my bunny babies (have you seen how much they eat haha). I put all the money back into their care with fab toys, healthy food and lots of space for each of my bunnies. See my facebook page/toy idea’s/reviews which show how the money is returned to my rabbits ten fold. I do not have stacks and stacks of hutches full of bunnies that I would never have enough time for either. In my opnion, this is totally unfair for pets and is baby farming. Totally cruel. You only have to follow my facebook page to see how loved (and slightly spoilt) my bunnies are (see Carly’s Mini Lop Bunnies Facebook Page). This has the most recent news of my bunnies on with links to recent youtube videos.
I give a lot of my time, effort, love and care to all of my rabbits and their beautiful fur babies. This ensures that they are going to be the best possible pet in their new homes. My bunnies are raised around children, dogs, loud noises, and generally a very busy home. It is upto you to then continue to love and provide for your little fur baby and continute the ever so important human contact. You must pick up and love your baby everyday, otherwise your bunny could become shy, withdrawn or nervous. Please read my site and research as much as possible to prepare for your bunnies arrival. I will help where ever I can. I do grow to love every bunny that I help mummy to raise here so please do expect some questions asked by me so that I can establish that you are aware of your duties etc. I am not trying to be nosey or catch you out or anything like that I just want the best for my babies and I wouldn’t be a responsible breeder if I didn’t.
It is important to say… if you have bought one of my bunnies and you find that you can not keep bun anymore, whatever the reason, I promise to do all I can to take back the bunny rabbit, this is much more likely if you can give to me the bunnies hutch/housing, as housing bunny will be my only obstacle to having bun back. I never ever want one of my babies to be in a rescue centre. They do not deserve it and I would not be a responsible breeder if I did not take care of them.
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To see all of my bunnies on film (buns on film!?), take a look at my youtube channel… Carly Charles YouTube
Thank you so much for reading until the end, yay!!