Should I Get My Bunny a Friend?

The answer is: YES!

Bunnies are social animals. They love the companionship of humans, but even more so another bunny. Keep in mind getting your bunny a friend is not as easy as it seems. Bunnies can be very territorial and dominating to one another which makes the bonding process difficult at times. Don’t let that discourage you though, bun buds can be very close and happy just being near each other. There really is a process to follow so read on so you don’t make too many mistakes!

Spay/Nueter

If you are considering getting another bunny it is a really good idea to spay/neuter your existing bun. Lets say you have a female bun and go to the pet store to buy a friend for her and they give you one that they swear is the same gender. Then a month later you have a litter on your hands which is a not a situation most want to be in. Not only is breeding an issue, but females bunnies tend to be VERY territorial and unforgiving when it comes to another bunny being in or near where they sleep and eat. Spaying calms the bunnies down enough to where you can at least get them in the same place without too many complications. Fixing them will also cut off all of those eating urges. You may see them mounting each other, but it is to show dominance. If they are mounting too much or too long then you should get them away from each other for a bit.

Bonding Process

I have found what works best to start off is keeping the bunnies in separate pins. Far enough not to bite, but close enough for them to be curious of the other. After a day or two of this get both bunnies in a small area together. (A bathtub, large closet, or ex-pen) They will probably not be very lovey at first. They may chase, bite, hump, or run around like crazy for a number of reasons. If they are not fighting then it’s safe to say the date is going well. What I do is sit and watch and if the playing gets too rough I will put an object in between them. After that I will pet both bunnies ensuring them that everything is okay before ending the date. You cannot end a bonding session on a bad note because they will remember and associate the other bun with bad vibes. Repeat this process until you are comfortable putting putting them together. If you are still worried they aren’t ready you can have your bunnies switch cages for a night or two or even many. They will learn and become comfortable with the other’s scent making it easier for them to accept one another. I have also found feeding them together helps a whole lot. Timothy Hay has worked best for me. You can get some right here for a good price!

So Why Should You Get Another Bunny?

  • Bunnies are social animals and crave that interaction
  • You will have two very happy and bonded buns 🙂
  • It is so so cute to see them cuddling to sleep, grooming, and playing together
  • Bunnies have intense feelings and loving another bunny will ensure a healthy happy life
  • Loneliness can cause depression which may even lead to death

Why Not Though?

  • Double the cuteness, but that also means double the money in most cases (vet, food, and accessories)
  • You may not be able to fix your bunnies which will lead to complications
  • Some people may not have the space or time for another bunny to join
  • There is no guarantee the pair of bunnies you want to bond, will

Anyways….

You just need to weigh your options and figure out if you have the time and money for another bunny to enter your home. If you do, it is a great option for the one you have. As long as you follow the steps of fixing your bunny and the bonding process you should be fine! If you feel you cannot get another bun then don’t worry, your bunny in most cases will be okay. I have had bunnies who were better off with a partner and some who really just preferred being alone. Bunny adoptions centers such as Indiana House Rabbit Society will gladly help you find the perfect friend for your bunny by setting up a meet and greet and talking you through all of your options. I strongly recommend getting in touch with the closest bunny shelter to you!!

Food for Thought

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Anet A8 vs. MonoPrice Select Mini v2

About two years ago, I became extremely interested in the world of 3D printing. I watched countless hours of YouTube videos and read up on many articles. I came to a conclusion: I was going with the Anet A8 (which I had to assemble myself).

My decision, though, was made more on the grounds of cost rather than what I knew about the printer. The Anet A8 sells on Amazon for $180 (view it here). Although it is not a bad machine, it is definitely not the best 3D printer out there for someone just beginning at 3D printing. If you’re brand-new to the scene, I would more than definitely recommend the MonoPrice Select Mini v2 3D Printer. It goes for $190 on Amazon (view it here). It is only $10 more and it is well worth it. More on that later.

Anet A8

You will love the Anet A8 3D printer if you want to learn how a 3D printer works and enjoy putting things together. Though it may become a bit of a pain trying to put together a machine that you have no clue what to do with at first. It comes with a numerous amount of parts that you will have to assemble. Personally, I used YouTube videos to help put it together correctly along with online guides.

The Anet A8 took well over a few hours for me to assemble and many modifications before it would even begin to print at all. This may be discouraging to some who have a low tolerance when it comes to stress and hassles. My first print was a pyramid that came pre-installed on an included SD card that I got with mine.

Pros:

  • Not too expensive
  • Allows you to learn how a 3D printer works
  • Easy to modify

Cons:

  • Assembly can be time-consuming and stressful
  • Requires a lot of trial and error
  • Not the best quality prints

MonoPrice Select Mini v2

This is my current 3D printer and also my favorite. It came pre-assembled and ready to print straight out of the box. This is perfect for beginners and those who want something simple that just works. All you have to do is load in your filament, select one of the pre-loaded 3D models on the included SD card, or save one of your own to it.

The design of the MonoPrice Select Mini v2 is just gorgeous in my opinion as well. It has a PEI sheet included on the heated bed and has a bowden extruder which is better to use (it helps the prints stick better). It has a beautiful screen and a knob-like-dial that makes navigation seamless and easy.

Another important thing to note is that I can print ABS filament on this printer but never could get anything to print in ABS on the Anet A8- but maybe that was just me not knowing how to properly configure and setup the machine itself. The prints on the MonoPrice Select Mini v2 were also significantly better over those I printed on the Anet A8.

Pros:

  • Ready to use, straight out of the box
  • High quality and intuitive design
  • High quality prints

Cons:

  • Hard to repair or modify the 3D printer itself

Conclusion

Winner: MonoPrice Select Mini v2 (view it here)

I would have to pick the MonoPrice Select Mini v2 as the best 3D printer. It is ready to print as soon as you get it which is very exciting to someone who is just entering the 3D printing world. It prints better, looks better, and in my opinion, is better in every way. I wish I would have bought this printer over the Anet A8 when I first started out. It would have saved a lot of time and stress. I was always having to mess around with the Anet A8 to get it to work.

However, if you are interested in learning about 3D printing and don’t mind putting it together, the Anet A8 is a fairly good machine in itself. I just did not have the patience to deal with modifying the machine to make it work so I settled for the easier of the two options.

Food for Thought

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The Increasing Use of Solar Energy

I was driving down the Interstate when something caught my eye. I looked to my right and saw a field full of solar panels. I was amazed and went out of my way to come back around just to see them again.

It got me thinking about renewable energy and the increasing use of solar energy. I have always been fascinated by technology and science; which of course includes solar panels. There is so much that humanity has to learn about the way the universe works. Once we begin harnessing the benefits that it holds (in a healthy way) – we will flourish. It’s apparent that we are living at the forefront of this new era as it can be seen all around us.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells that capture energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. This works by allowing particles of light to free electrons from atoms within the panel itself. It is this that generates an electrical current and voltage.

Not too long ago my fiancé purchased a solar panel for me as a gift. It was a Newpowa 10 watt 12 volt solar panel ($24 on Amazon). I loved it and went to try it out immediately. It was astonishing to me that a device with no moving parts could generate electricity with what seemed like barely any effort. I still use the solar panel today, mounted on the roof, to keep a spare lead-acid battery charged for when it’s needed.

I have put some links to their solar panels below. I would highly recommend a solar panel from Newpowa. They’re an amazing company with great prices for such high quality products. If you are looking to start a solar system you will also need to look into charge controllers, which I will go over in the next section.

Solar Panel System

Next to the solar panel itself, the charge controller you choose has to be one of the most important decisions you make. It takes the electricity from the panel(s) and optimizes it in the most efficient way to charge your battery storage system and/or directly supply a constantly safe DC voltage for you to use.

You can choose to store you energy or use it directly. Using a storage system with batteries will ensure you are saving some energy, for when the sun is not giving you as much as you need when you are demanding it. You can opt into building a lithium-ion system or linking together traditional lead-acid batteries.

If you require the energy you are producing from solar panels for AC usage, the kind that you’d get out of an outlet in your house, you will need to grab an inverter as well. It converts DC that the solar panels and batteries give off into AC.

Food for Thought

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How to Care for a Bunny

Before you actually go out and buy a bunny you need to weigh the pros and cons. A bunny is such an amazing pet as long as you keep up with its needs. In this article I will help you get ready for your new bundle of excitement. I will give you every product and piece of advice you will need. Read on, rookie, and become a bunny expert in no time! I will teach you how to care for a bunny. Links to the best products (which I have tested) for your bun will be below each section.

Cage

There is A LOT of debate about cages in the bunny community. We all know how your local pet store will have an aisle dedicated to bunnies. You will see cages with a bunny on the box stating the cage is a paradise or something like that, wwelllll don’t buy those. They are WAY TOO SMALL for your new pet. Consider this when choosing an enclosure, would you put your dog or cat in it? If the answer is no, then don’t put your bunny in it. I recommend an ex-pen! They are much cheaper than a smaller cage and provide enough space for your bunny to binky and be happy.

Ex-Pen: https://amzn.to/2ETUPgQ

An example of an ex-pen cage

Food

A bunny’s diet consists of mainly hay and some pellets along with a little bit of veggies/fruit. Again, think back to the bunny aisle at the pet store. You can’t just buy everything you see with a cute picture of a bunny on it. First of all you need to remember to feed your rabbit mainly hay. Timothy Hay seems to be what bunnies like best and it does them well. Don’t feed them Alfalfa Hay unless they are still a baby. Pellets need to be fed, but sparingly. Only buy fibrous pellets. No pellet mix with nuts and seeds or any of those yogurt chips. Unless you want a very unhealthy and obese bunny, only give small portions of fruit and veggies as a snack. Before giving your pet any human food make sure to look it up and make sure it is healthy for them. Your local country store may even have a giant bag of them for cheap! Also, please do not use water bottles as water bowls are better for them.

Timothy hay: https://amzn.to/2CbXwIW

Water/food bowls: https://amzn.to/2tTYsge

Litter Box

Believe it or not, bunnies can be trained to use a litter box! A normal box used for a cat will work perfectly. Buns tend to poop while they eat. Lay paper towels down on the bottom of the box and fill that sucker to the brim with hay. As your bunny goes in and out of the box they will learn that is where they do their business. If you still see a lot of poop around then move it into the box showing them that is where it goes. If they are peeing somewhere else I have found moving the box to that location fixes the issue. Make sure to keep your litter box clean. At the very least every 2 days. Some bunnies are very picky and won’t use a too dirty box! Using a hay feeder above or beside your box will ensure good litter box habits as well.

Perfect Litter Box: https://amzn.to/2tTneNH

Hay Feeder: https://amzn.to/2tXFkhm

Bonding

Bonding with your bunny is very important! The best way to do this is just by simply spending time with them. Playing with toys and sharing food is special to your bunny. When first getting them, sit in a room and watch them as they explore. Do not grab or pet your bunny unless they come up to you and allow you to. Buying toys for your bunnies to chew and throw around is essential for bunny happiness. You can make your own cardboard houses or toys if you want. I have linked toys my buns absolutely love below!! If your bunny is binkying, nudging, or chinning you then you’re doing just fine. It may take some time, so be patient.

Hanging Carrot Chew Toy: https://amzn.to/2VKwcIZ

Stick Ball Toy: https://amzn.to/2Hleho9

Knot Chew Toy: https://amzn.to/2VD1X6G

Hideaway: https://amzn.to/2TkDuqd

Grooming

Bottom line, all bunnies will need some grooming. Fluffier bunnies will need grooming more often than short haired buns. Don’t worry though, it is a really simple process! You will need a bunny brush to brush out all the extra fur for starters. If you have a really fluffy bunny like a Lion Head breed, then brushing will be needed everyday. Just gently pet them with the brush and try to make them feel as calm as possible. Next you will need nail clippers. Bunnies have sharp little nails and it can hurt you and itself with them. You can buy bunny specific trimmers for cheap. Your bun will not need baths. Unless they get really dirty then they will clean themselves. Bunnies are neat freaks! They like to keep clean and will even organize their home the way they like it.

Nail Clippers: https://amzn.to/2TlveGq

Bunny Brush: https://amzn.to/2C7yo68

my bunny!

Love a Bunny!

So now you have learned the basic things you need to know about caring for a bunny! From set up to how to bond you can now get a bunny and not have to worry about what you are doing wrong. Remember, bunnies need lots of love and attention so think carefully about your options. Do you have the time and patience for a very cute and very loving furry friend? If so, get out there and adopt the bunny of your dreams. I wish you and your future bunny lots of love.

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