I just got a baby rabbit (5 months old) and I have a hutch for her and a pen for her to play in but she doesn’t play much she just sits in the corner and sometimes if I put her in hutch after brushing her she growls
WHAT DO I DO
IS SHE HAPPY
HOW DO I PLAY WITH HER
WHAT DO I DO. SHOULD I GIVE HER SPACE.
Awww grump noises! Different buns will grump for different reasons! Are you entirely sure it’s a growl, though? Some bunnies are surprisingly social buns and will make various noises as a means to communicate with you how they feel. (Also is being around people a new experience for your bun?)
If your bun lunges at you while making grump noises then it is definitely upset/angry (she still might be getting used to you / her new home)
If she’s just making grumping and squeaking noises (High pitched, fast grunts) she might be scared or anxious. If that’s the case, give her some time to chill and then later on come back slowly and try to be as gentle/slow/quiet as possible. Introduce your hand to her before you pet her. She’ll warm up to you when she realizes that it’s ok to be around you.
Just try to be supportive of your new bun for now; give her some space when she grumps and then come back in a little bit with bunny treats and give her pettings, but make sure you introduce your hand to your bun before you give her the treats! Just let her smell your hand/come to you then give treats. That way she’ll associate you with good things.
(I would give my doe Ophelia a little piece of banana every time she would allow me to pet her instead of lunging/grumping, but Ophelia had vision problems and was a special case. Your bun will probably not be as defensively aggressive as Ophelia. However, it might be a good idea to have your bun go to its first well-rabbit checkup at some point. Bun health is important!)
Also try not to give your bun too much fruit as treats while you’re trying to get her to warm up to you; bunnies will become attached to the sweet taste and not want to eat their hay!
I hope this helps you a little. If you need anything else I’m more than happy to talk to you about buns. I’ve had many bunnies over the years.