Way back in the early days of our relationship my wife thought it was a good idea to add some rabbits to our farm. At this point we had no other animals other than the dog. We had a massive garden and lots of fruit trees, grape, kiwi and hops vines. I figured it would be alright so she got a Dutch Lop from someone, for which I needed to build a coop.
My first coop was not up to her liking, so I had to build another, which was also not to her liking. I then built the ultimate coop with polished hardware and all sorts of amenities. It only lacked central air.
After only a week, she deduced that her rabbit was lonely, so she got another rabbit. This time it was a Hoto.
Sexing rabbit kittens is difficult so you generally can’t determine their sex until they are adults. Two females would have been nice, but we ended up with two males. When they reached maturity we saw their constant need to express their sexuality. Yes, we had gay rabbits. The constant humping was maddening, so we made an appointment to have then fixed. This is a difficult procedure because rabbits’ testicles are actually inside their body, not a dangling appendage like most mammals.
Fixing them helped, but they still partook in the occasional hump every now and then. It was tolerable.
Besides their mansion they had an enclosed pen on the ground where they could eat grass and dig holes. They got to live freely in the greenhouse during the winter.
One day I went out and found the Hoto was dead. Rather than restart another rabbit adventure we found it best to give the Dutch to someone who really wanted a rabbit. After giving the new owner the rabbit and the coop the Dutch somehow got away from the new owner and lived a wild life for the next year and a half. The Dutch could not be caught.
I post this story as a warning for those who have the intention of getting rabbits for their kids for Easter…Don’t Do It! That is unless you want to show the kids what rabbit love is all about or want to teach them about diversity if you get rabbits of the same sex. These critters never give it a rest.