What to do if the rabbits gnaw the wooden parts of the cell
- 15 Aug 20:45
Beginner rabbits often pay attention to the fact thatinside the rabbit cells begin to bite wooden feeders, corners and floors. This behavior of animals has several explanations that we will try to tell.
The first reason - the physiological characteristics of rodents
Rabbits belong to the genus of mammals, a kind of rodents. They have two front teeth throughout their lives - incisors that can reach very large sizes. Therefore, the rabbits trigger a natural instinct - teeth grow and they need to be drained, gnawing something firm.
Particularly trying to clothe the wooden parts of young rabbits - the teeth grow fast and need to constantly massage the gums and regulate blood circulation. More intensely they do it at night: the dinner is over and there is nothing in the feeder, so there is nothing left but to start gnawing the corners of the cell.
The second reason is lack of food.
Rabbits eat a lot and during the day they should constantly bite something, because this is understandable: they grow fast, multiply rapidly, therefore they must have a diverse diet and in very large quantities. During the whole time of the day rabbits should receive a lot of fiber and a moderate amount of nutritious food. Lack of solid food and water at any time of day will cause the rabbit to shed a cage.
The third reason is the lack of vitamins and mineral salts.
If the rabbit drew attention to the fact that animals gnaw the wooden parts of the cells in the place where they have a toilet, it directly indicates that their body does not receive mineral salts. In the urine of animals a large percentage of ammonia salt, which they replenish the lack of important for the body of useful substances. This problem needs to be solved immediately: the lack of trace elements and mineral salts leads to the weakening of the organism of animals and increased susceptibility to all diseases.
The fourth reason is the crampiness in the cage.
The tightness and discomfort in the room may also be one of the reasons why the rabbits gnaw the cage. One rabbit has an admixture of 6 to 12 rabbits, which in the first month of their life increase their 20 times, and up to four months - 60. Thus, if there was enough space for rabbits and newborns, then in 4 months for animals at 3 -4 kgthe cell becomes very tight. Even if there are a lot of food in the feeders, not all the rabbits will be able to approach them whenever they want, and hence there is a need to look for something else to get caught in - the corners of the cell.
To solve a problem like gnawing the wooden parts of the cell there is only one way - balancing the daily diet of animals. Rabbits should receive such feeds daily:
- greens - various herbs, sunflower leaves, corn, root cabbage and cabbage;
- rough - straw, hay, tree branches: alder, linden, fruit trees, poplar, birch, acacia);
- juicy - all kinds of root crops, watermelon residues, melons and fruits;
- concentrated - all kinds of fodder grain( oats, wheat, barley, corn), as well as products of their processing( bran, mixed fodder, cake);
- Granulated - Grain Waste, Herb Meal and Bone Flour Granules;
- mineral - chalk, salt.
You should also carefully study the table for the consumption of different types of feed per animal and try to stick to the diet.
Calculations are made in kg for 365 days( calendar year).
Example: how to calculate the green feed per male per day:
150 kg - 150,000 gr.: 365 days = 4 110 gr.- just over 4 kg.
On the female:
200 kg - 200 000 gr.: 365 days = 5 479 hryvnas.- 5 kg 479 grams.
In the summer, feeding rabbits is a small problem - there are plenty of green herbs, vegetables on the garden, branches of shrubs and trees.
It's a little harder to achieve a balanced diet in the winter. In order for rabbits to have enough food in the winter, it is necessary to prepare hay from different herbs, to lay in the basement to store a lot of root cabbage and cabbage, to preserve the cut branches of trees and shrubs.
Use egg shells to replenish minerals and salts in the body of the animals: dry, crumble into flour and add to the feed or feed grain. Bones from chicken and other feathers can also serve as a good service: wrap in a stove to white color and crumble in flour.
Several Warnings. Despite the fact that rabbits are omnivorous, the use of some agricultural crops can lead to the death of animals. Such herbs as celandine, livid, hellebore white, yellow, fighter yellow and fools categorically should be excluded from the daily ration.
Rabbits are difficult to get used to new foods, so putting new crops in the diet, put the first few days in a bit. Otherwise, animals will only dig into food and trample it.
Feed should be placed in the feeder twice a day - in the morning and late at night. If not possible, try to calculate the amount of food you need for a few days in such a way as to avoid damage.
Remember, if a rabbit bites a cage, you should balance the nutrition and increase the number of branches of trees and shrubs so that they can permanently drain the front teeth.