WHAT KIND OF CAGES WILL YOU NEED FOR BREEDING RABBITS?
Check out the most common breeds of rabbits and choose the right breed, depending on the purpose for which you plan to breed rabbits. To obtain rabbit meat in large quantities, it is better to give preference to meat breeds, valuable skins you are most likely to be able to get from meat-skinned breeds, and downy rabbits will provide you with soft and warm down.
If you are determined to raise rabbits at home, take care in advance of making suitable cages for your future Pets. Let the buildings for keeping rabbits will be cheap, but they must be quite light, clean, and dry because their health will directly depend on what conditions you provide for rabbits.
Since rabbits are not afraid of cold, they can be kept both in a closed rabbit house and outdoors in individual cages (with mandatory insulation of the walls and floor). If you are going to make cages yourself, make the floor from wooden slats with a distance of one to one and a half centimeters so that animal waste does not accumulate on the floor. Near feeders and where rabbits most often relieve themselves, you can make a floor of metal mesh, but keep in mind that the mesh can lead to pododermatitis in rabbits (inflammation of the paws).
Equip the cages with a manger for hay and hopper feeders, where you can pour concentrated feed or fertilizer. The use of hopper feeders will protect the feed from contamination and thus protect rabbits from various diseases. Firmly secure the drinkers, so that the animals do not turn them over, because clean water in the cages must be constantly.
With external cellular content, you can successfully grow healthy rabbits with a strong immune system, but in severe frosts, your Pets can get frostbite, and feed in winter in open cages will only have to dry feed. Therefore, if possible, it is better to keep rabbits in a closed rabbit house.
RABBIT BREEDING TECHNOLOGY – WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
What you feed your Pets will ultimately determine the quality of their meat and skins, as well as the health of the animals themselves. Therefore, before you raise rabbits, study in detail what they should be fed, and what should not be given in any case. Special attention should be paid to feeding pregnant females and rabbits who feed newborn rabbits.
Such dangerous diseases as myxomatosis and VGBK are not treatable, so rabbits need to be vaccinated regularly. The first vaccination is given at the age of four to six weeks and then repeated every six months. Timely vaccination of rabbits will help you save the herd, preventing the spread of deadly diseases.
Since rabbits are very fertile, their reproduction must be controlled from an early age: sexual maturation in rabbits occurs by three months after birth, and by this time it is necessary to plant males and females. For mating, a half-year-old female is put in a cage with a male for a few minutes and returned back to her cage, so that the rabbit does not waste its strength in vain. Do not forget to mark in a special notebook the date of mating and which male was covered by the female. For mating, it is enough to keep one male for five females.
PREGNANCY OF RABBITS AND OKROL
In the case of successful mating, a rabbit gets pregnant, the duration of which is about one month. OKROL usually occurs without any problems and does not require human participation. For one OKROL, females of different breeds and different ages can bring from six to eighteen baby rabbits. With a large litter, baby rabbits are born with a lower weight. During the year, at home breeding rabbits, young females receive two new rabbits are born, and from adults – for four or five.