It’s been a quiet weekend with cold mornings turning into warmer afternoons. The inside flock loves the afternoon sun as it streams into the livingroom and will eagerly take baths, knowing they can preen and dry out with the sun warming them up directly.
This shot was taken after Sam took his bath. He had to wait for the little guys to finish sun bathing before he could take his turn. He likes watching the deer traipse by – or not.
Sometimes they just hang out, like the old matriarch doe here, catching some rays and relaxing a few feet away from the front window. Looks like she has her ears cocked to the noises within our house. I sometimes find the deer curious about these strange coddled birds INSIDE the house. At such times, they will stare intently into the front window and listen and watch.
On other fronts, Bun Rab continues to thrive and relax more as she understands her new place in the household.
We had a rocky first week during which I nearly tore my hair out trying to figure out where she wanted to pee, of all things. When rabbits pee, they gush – and it is pungent and has super staying power. I’d read that they tend to chose a corner and use that as their place of peeing, once they have established their territory (by peeing randomly here and there). The problem was, she peed in two corners consistently. She finally trained me into understanding that she wanted TWO litterboxes, one for each corner. Duh! That took me awhile to figure out. Since I understood, peeing has been contained and consistent, and we are becoming good friends.
Rabbits are so different than birds that it took me some days to make the adjustment. I also realized that I had to ramp down my expectations about Bun Rab and allow her to “tell” me what she needed. I’m getting there!
All my birds are now used to Bun Rab – except Chipper, who still freaks out when Bun Rab makes a sudden movement that Chipper happens to see. In time, I figure he’ll get used to her. Sam is still smitten with her, as am I, and spends long sessions with me as I watch being herself on the kitchen floor.
Here she is, queen of her domain, relaxing contentedly between her TWO litterboxes… (it seems cramped, but she has complete freedom to move about the kitchen, so it is always her choice when she wants to go to her cage).
Bun Rab is still housed in an extra bird cage. Her permanent cage is coming next week and it will be slightly longer than her present house.
About time to become a fulltime rabbit and not pretend to be a bird!
The original Bun Rab from Walt Kelly’s POGO says it all: