Looking for ways to save money and help the environment? Here are some ways to do your part, and save money too. You can get away with rarely ever “buying” anything for your welcome kit, when you send a bunny to a new home, by using some of these tips. Just look around your own home to use instead. Here are some examples of the things that you may already have. When you send a bunny to a new home, try to make the transition as smooth as possible. Everything that is sent home can be sent in something re-purposed.
- If you use Sweet PDZ on the floor of your barn to soak up moisture, control odor and control flies. Use the bags the Sweet PDZ comes in for trash bags.
- If you use the three or four gallon kitty litter buckets; they make great trash cans and can also be made into water tanks for your automatic water system.
- Feed old fashioned oatmeal to your rabbits as a treat? The container that the oatmeal comes in can be saved to send hay home with a bunny.
- Prescription pill bottles, vitamin bottles and other over the counter medicine bottles can be saved to send oatmeal, cheerios, and other treats with bunny. Coffee creamer containers, peanut butter jars, jelly jars, and other condiment containers are also great for this.
- Pringles cans, coffee cans, peanut containers, etc. are used to send home feed. They don’t have to be filled but try to send home enough for at least a few of days, enough to help with transitioning to new feed.
- The shampoo and lotion bottles from hotel stays can be soaked and washed out; these are great for sending a little neomycin, a diarrhea medicine, home with bunny.
- Juice bottles, milk jugs, Gatorade bottles etc. can be washed out good and saved to send water home and can be used to water your own rabbits.
- The medicine cups that come with many of the liquid medicines are good to keep for various measuring cups. Kids usually don’t understand a pinch of this or a pinch of that, so use these cups as a measuring tool for them. If you have extra you can send one of these home with new bunny also.
- Feed sacks can be made into tote sacks; the bags can be cut in half and sown to make a simple tote; then use scrap fabric to make a strap to attach. These are great for sending home all the new bunny supplies, and this shows them what feed you like and what the bag looks like.
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