As a bunny parent, watching your bunny binky is one of the most satisfying, heart-warming moments you can experience with your furry friend. If you catch your bunny binkying, it means you’re doing a great job as a bunny owner.
If your bunny doesn’t binky at all even though you’ve been together with your bunny for a long period of time, there may be something that is making your bunny unhappy.
Making your bunny binky comes down to making sure they are content and happy. While you may not be able to make your bunny binky on command, they will jump with joy to express happiness and excitement especially when they are comfortable around their humans and in their environment.
If you know the reasons why you bunny binkys, you can make sure you do everything in your power as a bunny parent to give them the best possible life to enjoy more binkys!
What Is A Binky?
You’ve probably experienced already with your bunny. A binky is when a bunny jumps in the air off all four legs, twists and contorts, and even shakes their head while kicking their feet out.
Sometimes this is preceded with a run-up so they can binky across the room. Other times it’s when they are standing still and suddenly launch themselves in the air. While this is usually from joy and happiness, sometimes this can be caused when getting a sudden fright.
How To Make Your Bunny Binky
Some bunny parents play games with their bunnies that make them binky. In our experience with our bunny Grooty, if she is in a playful mood and we rub her vigorously on her back or on both sides of her body she will start to binky and shake her head. Try it out and see if your bunny does the same!
But to make your bunny binky on command isn’t such as easy task (and likely not possible). Rather, your bunny will binky randomly when they are in a playful and happy mood. Sometimes they’ll even binky when they know they are being naughty and running away from. It’s their way of being cheeky.
Why Does Your Bunny Binky
Bunny’s binky when they are happy and excited. When they are in a playful mood, you may see them binkying around the room. If your bunny doesn’t binky, there may be something that is making your bunny unhappy. Here is how you can make sure you have a joyous, happy bunny that will binky all of the time.
Provide adequate exercise – This is probably the most common time to see your bunny binky especially if your bunny isn’t a free roamer. When they get to roam freely in a large space, whether that be a room in your home or your backyard, you will likely catch your bunny binkying and zooming all over the place.
If possible, don’t keep your bunny in a hutch or cage. Bunnies can become depressed and bored being stuck in a cage which will stifle their want for doing binkys.
Provide plenty of toys – Bunnies need plenty of toys to chew on to keep them stimulated and their teeth healthy. Have you seen how quickly your bunny can destroy wooden furniture or toys? That is why it is important to have plenty of options for your bunny.
Make sure your bunny is comfortable in their environment – If your bunny is new to your home, they likely won’t binky for some weeks or months until they feel comfortable in their new environment and with their new humans. Once they’ve settled in, they will express their joy with you.
To help make your bunny feel more comfortable, provide some safe spaces such as cardboard boxes and tunnels that are quiet and dark. Bunnies like to hide when they are scared and will explore their environment in their own time.
Having a social life – Bunnies are social animals. If you have a bonded pair or multiple bunnies, they socialize with each other and keep each other company. They will play together, eat together, and groom each other as lifelong partners.
If you have a single bunny, you as the human have to make up for the lack of bunny interaction. You should be spending as much time as possible petting, lying, and playing with your bunny so they have the social interaction they need.
This is all the more reason to buy more than one bunny if you’re not able to spend a lot of time at home socializing with your fur friends. Lots of social interaction will have your bunny happy and binkying.
Feed your bunny a healthy diet – The majority of your bunnies diet should consist of hay. Coming in second should be leafy green vegetables. In third should be their pellets, and finally some treats such as fruit. If your bunny isn’t getting enough nutrients from their food or is being fed a lot of the wrong food, this could cause them to start becoming overweight and sluggish.
Keep their litter tray clean – Your bunny will disapprove of a messy litter tray and area. They’ll often show this by not going in the area or thumping their hind legs. If your bunny doesn’t like that her litter area isn’t clean, she likely won’t be binkying with joy around your home.
Spay/Neuter – Spaying and neutering is the most important thing you can do for your bunny’s health. Spaying and neutering can increase your bunny’s lifespan and reduce the risk of major diseases .
By fixing your bunny, you can reduce their hormonal fluctuations and have a calmer, less aggressive bunny that will be more likely to bink with joy.
Do Bunnies Binky In The Wild?
Funnily enough, even bunnies’ binky in the wild. There are plenty of stories around the internet and Animal Planet shows showing one wild bunny binkying, then the rest of the pack joining in the fun. There’s a reason your domestic bunny binkys, because most of their traits will be inherited from when their ancestors were wild bunnies.
Making your bunny binky is something that will happen naturally when you’ve provided a safe environment for your bunny to feel comfortable in so they can express their joy and happiness. While you won’t be able to make your bunny binky on command, playing with them when they are in a playful mood will often have your bunny binkying in your hands.