Burgundians are a meat breed of rabbits. All European chefs of Europe speaking about rabbit meat of the highest quality have in mind the meat of this breed.
Typical external features of Burgundians in the first place is a rich red – yellow shade of fur. It seems that the rabbit is covered with saffron. The body shape of the Burgundian is elongated, the body is lean, even slender. Head bulging, elongated. Short ears (length not more than 14 centimeters) are in the form of a spoon. The lower back and paws are muscular, well developed. The average weight of a mature individual varies between four and four and a half kilograms, but in some cases may exceed five and a half.
Burgundians differ enviable health and rarely suffer from intestinal diseases, which are the biggest health problem for rabbits. Female Burgundians have an enviable fecundity. In the usual litter there are from ten to twelve cubs. At the same time, Burgundians are unpretentious with respect to food and can be kept practically at any stern.
The most optimal option will be green small-stalk hay, as well as brooms from any species of deciduous trees and shrubs. But you should avoid using rabbits in writing birch brooms, because of the tar in them. Oak and alder are given to animals for food for preventive purposes. The main emphasis should be placed on branches of fruit trees, the surface of which was not treated with chemical solutions for pest control. You can give branches of lime, mountain ash and aspen. In winter, needles can be introduced into the diet of animals.
The young of this breed add weight very quickly. Thus, by the fourth month the animal has the weight of a mature individual. At the same time, weight gain occurs at speeds of up to forty grams per day. Rabbits who have reached this age are actually ready for slaughter, since in the future there will not be such an intensive growth of mass, and the subsequent content of the animal is not economically viable.
It is worth noting and the fact that a four-month-old Burgundian is already ready for mating and can cover females. It is necessary to contain Burgundians in cells with a mesh cellular floor, since one of the characteristic features of this breed is low paw drop. Burgundians are thermophilic, therefore rabbitries should be equipped with additional thermal elements. It is better to refuse litter, as it can become a hotbed of undesirable infection.
In the fur market, Burgundian skins are a popular and popular commodity. Thick, short and slightly coarse-looking fur is actively used to create clothes, accessories and other fur products.
Because of the bright color and benevolent nature, Burgundians are often brought in as pets. But it is worth remembering that, despite the fact that they are very friendly animals, they can not stand competition. Other domestic pets may be difficult if your Burgundian decides that you give him insufficient attention.
Also these rabbits are rather fearful, despite natural curiosity. When maintaining a burgundy at home, care must be taken to ensure that the animal is securely fenced off from unnecessary sources of stress (loud working television, barking dog, screaming children).
Burgundy breed of rabbits