The content of rabbits in the winter is a painstaking and time-consuming process, which has a huge number of nuances, knowledge of which will help you grow strong and healthy animals, and also successfully obtain a large number of offspring. Beginning breeders of rabbits should know that it is the year-round growing of animals in cells of the external type significantly increases the immunity of animals, and also improves their productive and breeding qualities.
Winter maintenance of animals is the most profitable in terms of financial investments and energy costs, since there is no need for daily harvesting and distribution of green feed, you can simply use the ready-made hay. Also the main, and perhaps the main advantage of winter breeding of animals is a significant reduction in the disease by such a widespread disease as coccidiosis. There are a number of key points, compliance with which will help you successfully cope with this task.
In winter, warm water is suitable for drinking animals, this will avoid the cost of additional heat on their warming. If there is no possibility to water rabbits with water twice a day, pure snow can be used as an alternative. It is enough to put it to the animal in the drinking bowl and they will consume it for food, thereby satisfying their thirst.
You can not use ice as a replacement for snow. If salt-free feed is used for feeding animals (mixed fodder is mixed feed), then water and snow must be poured without fail. Also, as a food and drink at the same time, a so-called wet mash can be used, which is made from a mixture of pumpkin and mashed potatoes (the breeders consider this option to be the most optimal one).
It is possible to apply the classical scheme of delivery of a forage to animals, often used in small farms. According to this scheme, in summer it is customary to use green mass as a succulent food, and in the winter to use root crops. But it is worth remembering that in no case can animals be fed frozen root crops, and it is worth giving preference to carrots, rather than beets. Twice a year (in autumn and spring) it is necessary to change one type of food to another.
The spring rabbit digestive system has to adapt to green weight (concentrate remains unchanged), as in the winter animals fed hay and root crops. But this approach can cause stress, which provokes gastrointestinal diseases. The most preferred system can be called year-round feeding of animals only by hay and concentrates while providing animals with constant access to water.
3. Cell construction
The size and material of the cell should be selected in accordance with the breed of rabbit, which will be contained in it and divorced. For animals of large breeds, it follows that the floor of the cage should be made in the form of a flooring made of a wooden slat with a small gap. Rabbits of medium-sized breeds are best kept in cells with a mesh or reticular floor.
Remember that the New Zealand white and Californian breeds are better kept in cells with a mesh floor due to the high dropping of the paws in the rabbits of these rocks. Straw litter is needed only for those breeds of rabbits, on the feet of which completely or partially absent fur. This is due to the fact that litter is the main source of various infections.
And the refusal to use it helps to significantly reduce the risk of disease in animals. Do not be afraid of drafts and low temperatures. It is under the influence of these factors that dense and long hair forms in animals, and health becomes stronger.
How to keep rabbits in winter