Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MMC Rabbits

Feeding Bunnies

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Rabbit Feeding Equiptment

 

Large water bottles. I have found that the Water Bottle with the SPRING mount is best for me. I can usually get the bottle out and in single handed while I find the wire holders tend to slip more often and seem easier for a mischievous rabbit to knock off their cage. one thing about water bottle is that you have to keep and eye on temperatures outside since they do freeze. Their are other ways to water your rabbits, many people have set up gravity fed inline water systems with nipples, which I'd like to test out once our barn is built. But in the mean time check your water bottles twice daily.They  DO make heated water bottle for rabbits that run approx, $20 each.  The Does and grow outs drink a LOT more water than Bucks or dry rabbits. and on hotter days rabbits will drink more. Watering winter is often neglected so remember you should make sure that they can drink at least twice a day.  Standard Large Water Bottles cost between $5 and 7$ each, and can be purchased at Walmart and most feed store. I get mine at Rural king normally.  

Hanging J feeders- These average $5-$7 each, and can be purchased at most farm stores. J feeders hange on the outside of the cage and are access thru a slot cut to size in the wire. this makes feeding wasier since you don't haveot disturb the rabbits by opening the cage and is USUALLY more effecient nad lesslikly for rabbits to poop in the feeder. Although if they wantto be brats they will find a way. I recomend buying the J feeders with the mesh bottoms ot allow for dust, and small inhallents ot fall out of the food. this helps with controling respiratory illlness. and they can be easier to clean. 

Hay Feeder   Rabbits need roughage that roughage, I have made my own hay racks for my bunnies based on an idea from some youtube videos, out of 1 by 2 wire. Cut to about 10 by 6 sheets and bent back around and attached on the cage side just over the J feeder. The theory from the video was that theJ feeder should catch the extra hay that spills and help keep the cages cleaner. I t generally works in theory, but my execution wasn't the cleanest so I cam planning on making a more precise cut hay rack with wire and j clips for the new cages.  You can also buy premade rabbit hay racks commercially for $8-$12.  Alternatively, I use 6" PVC pipe cut to about 6-8 inches and stuff the hay inside it pretty tightly. This seems to help a lot to keep it fro being wasted, although I have one Dow who will drag ALL her hay out of the feeder every time and play with it. So I have given up on her and just toss it into her cage. 

appropriate sticks, or chew toys. 

 I have given many of the following as chew toys for bunnies to keep them busy apple, willow, aspen branches; untreated fresh pine lumber attached to the cage so it doesn’t move–piece of molding, 1″x2″s, or 2″x4″s; compressed alfalfa cubes. I think it important for their mental health as well as their teeth, even if they are being used as Food animals I want to make sure my animals are happy.  I also occasionally get them store bought chews and  I had one Doe who enjoyed playing fetch with a kong. 

 

Safe Sticks ( just the stick)  Safe Plants  Safe Fruits  Safe Veggies
  • Alder 
    Birch 
    Spruce 
    Rowan 
    Hawthorn
    Aspen 
    Ash 
    Willow 
    Maple 
    Goat Willow 
    Poplar 
    Hazel 
    Juniper
    Gooseberry 
    Redcurrant 
    Apple tree 
    Pear tree 
    Blackcurrant

 

 

  • Coltsfoot
    Dandelion
    Vetches
  • Great plantain
    Nettle (dried only)
  • Lady's Mantle
  • Daylily
    Bishop's Goutweed
    Daisies
    Heartsease
  • Fireweed/Rosebay Willowherb
    Sunflower
    Garden Nasturtium/Indian Cress
    Pot marigold
    Oxeye daisy/Marguerite
    Wood Cranesbill/Woodland Geranium
    Chamomile
    Rose
  • Jerusalem artichoke
    Hyssop
    Dame’s Rocket
Strawberries + leafs 
  • Raspberries + leafs
    Blackberries + leafs
    Blueberries + heath
    Cowberries + heath
  • Banana
    Pineapple
    Apple (not the core)
    Grapes
    Pear
    Mango
    Watermelon
    Orange (not the peel)
    Papaya
    Peach

 

 

  • Carrots + tops (toots rich on sugar)
  • Fennel
    Celery sticks
    Peppers
    Radish + tops
    Asparagus
    Rosso lettuce
    Ruccola salad
    Lollo lettuce
    Beets + tops
    Parsnip (high on sugar)
    Squash
    Artichoke
    Pumpkin (seeds are natural wormers)
    Garden pea pods
  • Give small amounts of these
  • -they contain lots of water, or can cause bloat:
    • Tomato (green plant is toxic)
      Cucumber(seeds are natural wormers)
      Kohlrabi
      Cauliflower
      Broccoli
      Spinach

Rabbit mineral ring blocks and hangers Have mineral available these little red round mineral blocks contain salt and nutrients needed to balance out your rabbits' diet. they also can be used as toys. Mineral blocks come with hangers that you can fasten to the wire cage, although they can eventually break off. you can also get other mineral additives to add to the rabbit food and water. 

packet of livestock electrolyte  Food additives, Everything on my farm gets Electrolyte Vitamin packs in the water durring stressfull weather.  Rabbtis can also get Apple cider Vinegar, and baking soda mix similar ot goats and sheep, the following is the dosing and roatation.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Rabbit 

 Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. Then fill bottles. This can be done daily or for 1 week every month on rotation.  

Adding ACV to a water bottle in the summer can help with keeping algae at bay on hot days.  other uses for ACV: a few drops in the ears can help prevent mites, adding to water will help boost the digestive tract absorption and immune system. 

Baking Soda can also be added to water . 

Electrolyte Dosing

I use Livestock stock solution for everything on the farm.  Vitamins & Electrolytes ''Plus'' for Livestock and Poultry by AgriLabs, Mix 1 pouch (4 oz.) in one gallon of water to prepare a stock solution. dosing is 1/2 cup stock solution to 5 gallons of water. I fill the bottles from my 5 gal bucket. 

 Pellets Food, 16%, and 18% Rabbit pellets ( make sure there is NO corn in the ingredients) 16%, and 18% Rabbit pellets, make sure there is NO corn in the ingredients. Corn is very hard for rabbits tot digest and I suspect that is what killed my does last summer. Rural king had changed the recipe for the country lane rabbit pellets and I had bought a bag of that as interim feed since they were out of my regular pellets. I lost my Doe 2 days letter.  I normally feed MannaPro, GRO 18%, and PRO 16% formula. 18% for nursing does and grow outs, and16% for bucks and all other life stages. Alternatively, I have been experimenting with other feed. Right now I am trying 17% Durmour Alfalfa pellets, mixed with 1/4 whole oats.  I add about 1/8 cup Sunflower seeds to my nursing does, and grow outs. I also add sunflower seed over the winter because they increase heat and fat content of the food.

Hay I buy a bale of decent mixed Orchardgrass/ timothy /alfalfa hay.  and pack this into the feeders as needed. hay is free to feed .