What is the biggest breed of rabbits and how to care for them?
- 25 Jun 18:45
- Features of the given species
- Life of representatives of the breed
- Angora rabbit
- How to cut such a pupil
The largest breed of rabbits in the world - the Belgian giant, it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The Belgian giant reaches 1 m, the weight varies from 8 to 20 kg.
Animals of this breed differ not only in size but also in weight. The breed of Belgian rabbits has been around for about 400 years, it was brought out by breeders in the city of Flander of the Belgian state. This breed may be called Belgians or flangers. The length of the body of the rabbit reaches 1 m, the weight varies from 8 to 20 kg, the breast ranges from 40 cm, the ear - up to 20 cm, the length of the wool - from 3 to 4 cm. The Belgians have very strong paws.
Features of this Variety
Originally, these rabbits were grown for dietary meat, which does not lose its unique qualities, and valuable furs, the color of which may be various gray shades. In ancient times, the owners who bred Belgian giants, raised them for 3-4 months. It is during this time that animals reach a weight of 5-6 kg.
Belgians are considered very productive, their offspring can reach up to 9 individuals. It is known that rabbits-giants brought and 16 rabbits for litter. The female giant is ready for fertilization from 8-9 months.
For such animals, proper care, cleanliness and maintenance of sanitary norms in the cage are necessary: it's daily cleaning and washing of drinkers, feeders for grain. Giants are very fond of walking in the fresh air. They need care, attention and proper feeding, because such pupils need to eat well. Rabbits should create cells or aviaries, which will have a place to move.
Giants are allowed to be kept at home. But it must be borne in mind that such giants will need plenty of room for maintenance and plenty of food to feed it fully. Correct nutrition is the key to the excellent health of the rabbit-giant. The digestive system is so gentle that if you do not feed the Belgian properly, it will start a strong gas formation, and even a fatal outcome is possible. The food needs to be added biomicin. You need to eat 2 times a day. Hedging is not possible. It is necessary to constantly feed the grain, the daily norm - about 50 p. For lactating or pregnant females, the dose is increased by 2 times. Also, vegetables, grated on grate - pumpkin, zucchini, beets are given.
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Performance of breeders
Representatives of the breed The Belgian giant has been very active, even we can say that they are lazy, but very benevolent. Own high intelligence, quickly get along with new masters and love children, but still in an apartment with kids they keep them undesirable. These pets are calm, not aggressive, often by their behavior and attitude towards the owners, they are compared with dogs.
One of the record breeders of the Belgian giant is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. This is Ralph's rabbit, he's 4 years old and lives in the UK.Its weight is 22 kg. It eats a lot, in the daily diet includes 1 cacao of cabbage, a few slices of bread, 2 apples, 1 cucumber. The owners constantly take care of him, play with him on the street, wear a wool. Only thanks to them the rabbit is in excellent shape.
In the second place is the giant Darius, he weighs 19 kg. Its height is 1.2 m. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
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There is another great breed of rabbits - the Angora giant. They are very similar to huge balls of fluff. Grows these rabbits only for sale. Their color may be different: gray, white, black. The homeland of such rabbits is Turkey. It was from there in 1726 that they were brought to Europe. Angora's giant rabbits became entertainment in secular nobles of France and England, and then spread further. The weight of middle breeds can reach 3 kg. At the edges of the ears, they have a hairy brush that gives these rabbits a beauty and does not look like the other.
Grow such rabbits mainly for the beauty or sale of a valuable fluff, which, when properly grown, grows in a rabbit. The
In an adult, the length of the wool - from 20 to 25 sm.
To grow such breeds of rabbits, it is necessary to create warm conditions with fresh air, a constantly clean cage and a moderate temperature regime without any changes. During the winter, the cage is heated with wood chips. It is necessary to permanently remove the emptying in the cage, otherwise the wool will become dirty and lose its appearance. Also, be sure to exclude air humidity.
To eat such rabbits it is necessary 2 times a day. The feeding rate per day is 200 g of feed. The diet should include cake, fodder, legumes and dandelions, green hay. Dandelions are needed to prevent hair congestion in the body, as rabbits constantly lick themselves, and breasts of wool in the body can cause a rabbit to die. Another necessarily include bone meal and cooking salt in the diet.
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How to cut such a pet
Before collecting a valuable fluff, rabbits are considered a very important ritual. It begins when the hair length reaches 6 cm. Snap the rabbits every month, for a month, the length of the hair of the rabbit grows from 2 to 2,5 sm. With a height of 8 cm, hair may start to fall, so it's important to have time to pinch high-quality hair, which did not have time to fall apart. Each month from one rabbit you can squeeze 200 g of excellent quality fluff. It should be borne in mind that wool grows in rabbits throughout the body and therefore collect the fluff from any area. Similarly, molting can occur in "bushes" on all parts of the body of the individual.
A young rabbit is first cut at the age of 2-2,5 months, the second time - in 4-4,5 months and already plucking the wool. It is believed that after haircuts, the fluff has low-quality content, because it is less in length and contains the ending of the hair, but no start. The most excellent fluff in rabbits is considered to be from the age of 6 months, it is of good quality, of optimum length, whipped completely. From one person it is possible to collect enough of it. In the summer, rabbits are scattered more thoroughly, in winter it is less.
Nesting fluff is a fluff collected after a rabbit's roundabout. It is well cleaned and has excellent quality, which is not inferior to its own squat.
There are such breeds of Angora rabbits:
White and colored down rabbits were also found in the Soviet Union. The eyebrow is small in size with tufts on the ends. From one animal there may be a great outlet.
One more species of giant rabbits consider the Soviet chinchilla. This is a crossed view of a Belgian rabbit giant with a normal rabbit.
This breed is not capricious, rabbits can live both in the crust of the street and in the rooms, just follow them and protect them from direct sunlight in the summer and strong drafts in the winter.
The diet should be benign, contain dry and juicy foods, root crops, green herbs, hay, cabbage, branches, legumes, pure water. Be sure to prevent worms and vaccinations.
The fertility of these animals is high - up to 8-10 individuals. Dairy rabbits feed on all their babies, and those 4 months become large specimens, ready for posterity.
Giant chinchilla is very popular with its breeding farm, as it gives a lot of meat and it has a very valuable skins with an unusual gray and white color. Such rabbits are unpretentious, care for them is simple, their character is not aggressive, but on the contrary, calm and affectionate.
For decorative cultivation, they are not used, as the rabbits take up a lot of space, they need large cells.