Features of feeding rabbits at home
- 08 Aug 09:15
Knowing that rabbits are a very tasty and dietary meat, many begin to grow them at home without having to know about feeding rabbits. There is anmisconception that it is enough for these animals to eat grass and carrots. Nobody argued that a pet will live on such a diet, but whether it will be healthy and give a good healthy offspring in the future - that's the question.
Rabbits of meat breeds in their diet require a lot of attention, variety and care. Their menu should be clearly drawn up. But one should not worry about the general rules of feeding, because rabbits, like people, have their own advantages and the one that one rabbit will give up, the second will eat with great pleasure. Therefore, the host during the feeding of the pet must look and remember all its benefits.
Greenbirds in the rabbit diet
Beginning from the first days of spring and ending with late autumn, the main feed for rabbits is the green diet. A mixture of different herbs is rich in nutrients, thanks to which the ears have good performance and health. Green feed can be sown independently or collect grass on the meadows, in the woods.
Seed Green Feed
Seed-up green feed is the grain and bean that a person sows himself. It may be winter rye or seradella, oats, rhizome rayon, peas or espaces, Sudanese grass, clover, lupine. Feeding a rabbit at home can be done with clover, corn, alfalfa, ryegrass and other herbs sown on artificial meadows by rabbits.
Particular attention should be paid to leguminous crops that contain a large supply of vitamins, proteins and very important minerals for the body of rabbits. When added to the diet of the animal green mass in the form of legumes, you can halve the concentrated feed, which will save you well. For green feeds to have more vitamins in their composition and thus have been more beneficial to pupils, the slip is carried out before or during flowering.
Cabbage, rhubarb also apply to green fodder. Moreover, in addition to the fact that they have a good yield, they still remain in deep autumn without effort, which allows feeding rabbits in the autumn and significantly reducing the cost of hay harvested for the winter.
Green fodder can consist of wild plants such as plantain, burdock, wood or dandelion and gazebo. With great desire rabbits use and sorrel, gritsiki, iwan-tea, curry and fragrant spikes, as well as yellow-yellow, wild cabbage, camel thorn, heather. When collecting such herbs it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the collection did not get poisonous varieties of herbs. For a better diet it is desirable to mix the herbs with a minimum of three varieties.
Other Green Fodders
Green fodder for home rabbit can be a household waste. In the household surely there are leaves and cabbage rolls. It is possible to use potato or carrot bed, and it can be dried and for winter food. But you should not feed your pets alone with a peduncle: its norm in the diet should be one-third of all nutrition.
Very good when there are fruit trees on the site. After trimming, you can give branches to rabbits. The raw rabbit feed consists mainly of seed varieties of trees. In addition, this kind of food is needed not only for the ears to receive a large amount of vitamins, but also to grind their teeth.
You should not even try to enter the ration of a rabbit celandine, holigol, marmalade, linden or mollusc are poisonous herbs. It is also worth to refrain from filing pets shot, aconite and landmark poisonous.
Separately we can say about a plant like a javelin. This kind, although it is poisonous for eared pets, but getting into a hay with another grass, with good drying in the food to eat is suitable.
Important: All green herbs should be fed before the meal is fed and must be free of sunflower seeds, which may cause bloating in animals. Consequences lead to the disease of the animal and even his death.
Rabbit Forage For Rabbits
Rabbit feed for rabbits is needed not only to feed a beast. In these animals, cutters grow all their lives and in nature they cut them off, eating the bark of young trees. If the feeding of rabbits is limited only by a soft meal, which kind of choppers will not be stacked, then the animal will not be able to eat normally because of their size due to their size.
Rough feeds( hay, branches) are used in winter. But in order to preserve more useful substances, their harvesting should be done correctly.
To save more carotene in the hay, which will be very useful to young animals and females, the grass is dried in a shade on a well-drained area under trees or a canopy. The shoemaking is done every day, and at night they are harvested in small rolls. If on the street rainy weather, which does not allow to dry hay well, then the workpiece is made in portions and dried on a grid or racks. The main thing is that the height from the floor was not less than 40 cm.
Branches of trees, which are also considered crude food and are well preserved for a ration in the winter, are cut from trees in the first two months of the summer. In order for stem fodder for rabbit to be better preserved, they are cut to 50 cm in length and bundle in small brooms, but the branches are cut to no more than 1 cm in diameter. Finished, twisted twine branches, like hay, are dried under a canopy where it is well ventilated. The feeding of rabbits can be done by the branches of such trees as hazelnut, aspen, linden, talcum and white acacia.
Grain feed in the rabbit diet must be present only in cases where the young is fed to slaughter or the rabbit feeds the pupils. In the other, you can just occasionally pamper the ears of animals with grain. From a large amount of this product in food, animals can zeal. Therefore, it is impossible to abuse the rabbit grain, which case, and the rabbit before the mix.
You can feed rabbits with wheat, barley and lentils. But the most useful rabbits consider oats, and give it in a variety of forms. Feed rabbits oats can be as whole, crushed and flattened or steamed.
All grain can be crushed and mixed with each other: it will produce a self-prepared feed. But before feeding rabbits to grains, it's important to keep in mind that grain must always be of good quality. Rabbits, although they eat a large variety of products, but their stomachs are weak, and from low-quality grain is quite possible fatal outcome of animals.
Whatever the feed for rabbits, it is always necessary to adhere to the main rule for healthy and strong offspring: all feeds should be fresh, clean and balanced. Herbs and cereals are better to mix in several species, and if you feed the rabbit with beets, potatoes or other vegetables, then before the serving you need to wash and remove the spoiled part of the vegetables.
Mode of feeding rabbits
About how many feeds per day rabbits can not be specified, everything depends on the feed itself. In the nature of the ears are constantly in search of food and do not always find the grains that give cloakiness. At home, if the pupil uses mostly green fodder, then his fodder needs to be filled as it is devastated. And if vegetables and cereals are added to the diet, then in order to avoid obesity, it is not necessary to feed animals. It will be enough 2-3 times a day to fill the feeder - it all depends on its size.
The care of rabbits does not exclude the presence of water in the beverage. The drink should be heavy on weight so that the animal can not turn it over( which is very common), and the water itself should always be clean and fresh. An adult rabbit can drink up to 1 liter per day.water, and a feeding rabbit, and in general up to 2 liters. If the animal does not have enough water, it can begin to drink its urine, which will lead to stomach diseases.
In the winter, it is not necessary to replace the supply of clean water with fallen snow. It is better not to be lazy and to warm the usual water. Experienced rabbits have noticed that after a constant replacement of water into the snow becomes more young, sick with rickets.