Grow your own hay! The Carrot Tribune - May 2019

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • Bunnies of the Month
  • May 12 Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Care Class
  • May 26 Hoppy Hour and Pignic
  • Growing your own Hay
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Bunnies of the Month

Caramel and Smokey are such a beautiful couple! They are a bonded pair of Harlequin mix breed bunnies who both have beautiful coats just made for petting. Caramel can be a timid girl, but is just as sweet as can be! She likes to be with her boy Smokey , and he is such a good companion for her. Smokey is the more outgoing of the two - he is a curious boy and will always welcome pets.  Together, these two  make a lovely and gentle pair of bunnies who would be a wonderful addition to a loving home.

To learn who the Guinea Pig of the month is for May ... click "Read More" below!

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May 12 Basic Bunny Class

Our next class is Sunday May 12. Join us on our Facebook event page to learn more! 

1:00 to 2:00 - Handling and Husbandry
2:00 to 2:30 - Training

Bring your Rabbit or Guinea Pig. Learn easy handling and care-taking during the first hour, then for the last half hour play training games that are fun for you and your pet! 

$5.00 for an individual
$10.00 for a family
Free to BUNS volunteers

All classes are in the Humane Society Education Building, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Goleta, (to the east  of the Animal Shelter)

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May Hoppy Hour & Pignic

This month's is Sunday May 26 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. So bring your fuzzy friend and give them an opportunity to socialize with other rabbits and guinea pigs! Socialization is a very important part of overall rabbit and guinea pig welfare, and a Hoppy Hour is the perfect opportunity to let your fuzzy one play with others. 

We'll be at the Humane Society Lawn, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Admission is $10 per rabbit or guinea pig. All animals must be healthy and rabbits must have been spayed or neutered at least 30 days in advance.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun!

A reminder: our registration/waiver form is available online! Print it out before you come to save time at Hoppy Hour and Pignic registration! You can fill out out a Rabbit or Guinea Pig form before coming (we'll have forms available at the registration table if you forget):

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Growing your own hay

Volunteer Russ shared his experience growing hay for his rabbits:

If you have a rabbit or guinea pig, you are already intimately familiar with Timothy Hay, the main staple of their diet. Did you know that it’s easy and inexpensive to grow? This isn’t going to replace or even greatly supplement your normal hay supply. But growing a little Timothy Hay can be a fun learning project for kids and adults alike.


  • Put dirt in a pot, sprinkle seeds on top
  • Slightly cover some of the seeds (with a TINY amount of dirt)
  • Leave others simply sitting on top of the dirt
  • Water daily (which will cause some of those surface seeds to become covered by a thin layer of dirt)
  • Wait a few days
  • Watch with awe
  • Keep watering

Once your hay is big and tall, feed it (fresh) to your bunnies and guinea pigs!

Russ got his hay online from Farmer Dave Pet Supply. Get yours here:

Below: Meadow Hay, Orchard Grass, and Timothy Hay are all good choices for your rabbit; here's what they look like:

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