Sunday, September 19, 2010

Help Your Bunny Survive The Cold

By: Rob Usakowski

Winter is now approaching and so the issue of cold weather is on many peoples minds. Bunnies handle the severe cold much better than they handle the severe heat. There are two basic issues you must be concerned about during the winter months.

First, make sure your bunny has water available. During the winter months we go with crocks instead of water bottles for all of our outside rabbits. The tube of the water bottle freezes much too quickly. We then check the water three times a day to make sure the water is not frozen. If your bunny does not have enough water, it will not eat enough food to keep it warm.

The second thing to consider is shelter from the wind, rain and snow. A wet rabbit cannot maintain the correct body temperature, and this is further compounded by the wind. Yes, wind chill factors make the rabbit feel even colder than the actual temperature. It is important not to completely block ventilation in barns and sheds. Ventilation in your rabbitry is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Insulating a barn for the winter will help keep the barn a little warmer. A balance between shelter and ventilation is important.

There are several other things you can do for your rabbits to keep them safe during the winter. We always give extra straw or timothy hay to our bunnies in the winter. This allows them to snuggle into the hay should the temperatures get really cold. Additionally, you can place nest boxes in all of your cages, as an extra place for the rabbits to snuggle into. This would be similar to a wild rabbit going into its den during extreme cold.

By: Rob Usakowski

Breeding through the winter can present a problem. Baby bunnies are born without fur. The mother compensates for this by pulling her fur and covering the babies. There are a couple of options available to winter breeders. Using a heat lamp, will give the additional warmth a baby may need to survive. Also, the nestbox could also be brought inside the house for the first two weeks. Of course the nestbox would need to go out to the doe once or twice a day so that she can feed her kits. After a couple of weeks they have enough fur to survive the cold temperatures, and will often huddle together or nestle up to the doe to stay warm.

Heaters can be used to keep buildings warm. Keep in mind the extra cost of doing so. Often these are more for our comfort than for the rabbits. The nice thing about a heater is that water crocks won’t freeze as quickly, and the barn is a little warmer when you go out to care for the rabbits.

Rabbits can survive the cold. Your diligence in making sure they have fresh water, greatly increase their comfort level and chances of survival.

About The Author

Rob Usakowski is the owner of Three Little Ladies Rabbitry, which is run by his wife Cathie and their three daughters. Visit their website for additional articles on raising rabbits.

What Kind Of Care Do Rabbits Need?

By: Alison Wood

There are a number of different things that need to be done in order to make sure that your pet rabbit is as happy as possible. Many of us that own rabbits as pets really enjoy the personality that many of these unusual animals have. If we take care of them properly, they will be healthy and will provide us with years of companionship. Here are several different ways that you can take care of your rabbit to make sure that they are as well-adjusted as possible.

One of the most important things for you to consider is the type of housing that you're going to give your pet rabbit. There is a bare minimum of 2' x 2' x 4' that is necessary in order to house your rabbit properly. Most people tend to go a little bit larger than that, even though the rabbit will not necessarily know the difference. The type of material that is used for the rabbit hutch is also something to consider, and you would want to make sure to provide a solid surface in order for them to have a comfortable place to rest. Even though the majority of it can be made out of wire, don't force them to stay on the wire permanently.

Feeding your rabbit properly is also very important, and there are a number of different things for you to consider in this regard. Most of the rabbit chow that is available commercially is able to provide much of what your rabbit is going to need, but you are going to have to supplement their diet with fresh, raw vegetables. It is especially important to provide your rabbit with green, leafy vegetables on a daily basis. Many people also feed their rabbits sprouts and other vegetables as a treat and also because of the energy that it will provide for them. Humans can learn a lot from the way that rabbits eat.

As far as exercise is concerned, this is something that every rabbit is going to need on a daily basis. If you currently are keeping your rabbit outdoors, it is important for you to provide a large area that is enclosed completely in order to avoid escape. Several hours a day is a sufficient amount of exercise, and they will surely enjoy even more if you are able to provide it for them. Indoor rabbits may enjoy the run of the home, but you might end up having to pick up after them quite a bit in the process.

One final thing that you need to think about is the grooming that your rabbit may need. A daily brushing with a flea brush, is essential in order to make sure that your rabbit's coat is as smooth and critter free as possible. It is also a good idea for you to regularly schedule visits with your veterinarian and perhaps even take them for a professional grooming from time to time. All of these things combined can help to keep your rabbit as healthy as possible.

About The Author

Alison Wood shares her tips for living with all different types of pets over at her aptly named pet blog, Pet Hooligans. To find out more about all your favorite little hooligans and how to increase their health and happiness, take a look at the website today ==>

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rabbit Cage - Tips To Buy A Rabbit Cage

By: Rayner Chandler

With the help of a rabbit cage one can hold the rabbit in the home as well as in the cage as and when needed. It will be most pleasurable for you to have an amazing pet as a rabbit right in your home.This article would point out a few significant concepts to reflect on while setting up a cage .

While you plan to get a rabbit to your home do arrange for a cage for it even if it need not be in it all the time.If you want to be away from house or if you have a guest who is little unsure on rabbits, you would need a safe and a secure place to keep your rabbit.He will also enjoy thr very reserved place that has been provided to him. You might have a rabbit cage however it is significant to take into consideration some things regarding their home environment.Rabbits also need to keep fit hence make sure to let them out for sometime on a daily basis.There may be a danger from the wires or the cords lying in your home as basically rabbits are chewing animals and may cause harm to the wire as well as themselves.You can even easily procure the chew toys from a pet stores that is close to you to prevent your rabbits from biting the household items.

Following are a few of the attractive characteristics of the indoor rabbit cages.A 3 feet long cage will be ideal to give enough space for the rabbit to move about in it. For easy admittance the door has to be provided either on the side or on the top of the cage. One can even get assistance for the House Rabbit society for building the rabbit cages. In order to give a lot of space for them to move around they even propose a big cage with 2 levels.There has to a lot of water of water and food provided in the cage always.

To make the cage quite portable you may go in for the one that has castors for free movement.You must provide for a urine protector to keep it flowing onto your floor.

Even you may try to erect up a cage all by yourself.Home enhancement shops sell wire cubes which measure 14 inches on every side that could be utilized to construct a cage of about any size.You could easily construct a 2 or a 3 level cage that would provide your pet rabbit a lot of room for moving around and avoid monotony.If you build a rabbit cage that is 3 cubes wide and 2 cubes deep by 3 cubes high, you would have a cage which contains 28 cubic feet. Any rabbit will be satisfied with this. A same concept might apply to building the hamsters cages in an event you have both.