View Full Version : Does this hurt the rabbits at all?

09-29-2006, 09:04 PM
I seen this and was freaked out I thought all the bunnies where dead! :eek:

Then relized they where all in some type of trance? :confused:

Is this normal for bunny owners to do I have never heard or seen it.

Can it hurt the rabbits back in anyway or stop them from breathing?

Here is the link. http://www.mybunnies.com/trance.htm

09-29-2006, 10:54 PM
Not at all. Lots of people do it to check teeth,trim nails ect.

09-30-2006, 12:24 AM
It's a recommended and frequently used way of calming a nervous bunny. In the Vet Tech program I'm in, you are encouraged to trance a bunny to settle it for nail trimming or teeth trimming (in malocclused rabbits).

Now what's wierd is how you trance a chicken! You tuck their head under one wing, gently pick them up and swing them gently from side to side. Puts them right to sleep. :)

09-30-2006, 06:02 AM
That is pretty cool. Scary looking though if you didn't know what they were doing.

Miss Z
09-30-2006, 11:42 AM
I think rabbits being in a trance is a fairly natural occurance. In the wild, stoats use it to their advantage, they leap and dance around, putting the rabbit in a trance, before making the kill.

My RB rabbit Cookie used to lie on his back sometimes, but I don't think he was ever in a trance.

09-30-2006, 11:47 AM
Being on their back does not hurt a rabbit. It does not put Miss Hoppy in a trance, either - she stays alert and ready to flip back the entire time, but that's my feisty girl!