The rabbit and cages must be regularly cleaned of accumulating manure, food debris, bedding. For this you need to have a special inventory: scrapers, hard brushes, brooms, brooms, shovels, buckets, boxes. The metal grate cleans the floor grate. Manure, contaminated food debris and bedding are scrapped in a low drawer or an oblong pelvis, which is placed under a cage, which, for convenience, is placed on a low trolley. Then the grate rises or completely removed from the cage, and the manure accumulated under it is scrapped. So that at the same time the rabbits in the cage do not interfere with the harvesting, they are distilled to another compartment of the cage, and the manhole is closed with a plywood valve. In this way, all the cells are cleaned in turn, and then the rabbit’s floor is swept. To speed up the removal of manure from the cell under the floor grille, you can install pallets of tin or boards and plywood, which falls between the slats of the manure grille. If the pallet is wooden, then its bottom is lined with plastic wrap to protect the boards from swelling and laminating plywood.
First, the cage grate is cleaned, then the pallet slides out and the manure accumulated in it is shaken out into the container or through a special hatch in the rabbit’s wall directly into the compost pit arranged outside. Twice a year, especially in wet time (spring and autumn), the cells must be disinfected. Disinfection is performed by various methods. In personal equipment, the easiest and most effective way is to treat the rabbitcher, cages, inventory with fire. To do this, use a regular blowtorch or gas torch. Well cleaned wooden parts of the cage are treated with fire until lightly browned. At the same time it is necessary to observe extreme caution, otherwise it is possible to burn not only your rabbit and the house, but also the buildings of neighbors. Never smoke in a rabbit. Of the chemicals most widely used bleach used in the form of a 10% solution, which with the help of a moistening brush or other wide brush process the rabbit walls, cages and inventory. Cages, equipment, feeders and drinkers can be treated with ash liquor, which kills disease-causing microbes well, but is completely harmless to rabbits. Prepared in the following way.
Pure wood ash is added to boiling water (1/3 of water volume) and boiled for 20-30 minutes. Then the solution must be drained through 2-3 layers of gauze, strained liquor again bring to a boil and hot immediately process the cells and inventory. There are many other disinfectants that can be purchased at a veterinary pharmacy. It is useful to coat the rabbit walls, the outside of the cells with a solution of hydrated lime. Handle wooden feeders using a blowtorch fire, and the metal, glass and ceramic parts of feeders and auto-drinkers should be washed and boiled. The cells are especially thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before planting newly acquired rabbits in them and at each transplant, before mass deafers and in infectious diseases of rabbits.
In no case should we neglect the sanitization of the rabbit core, cages and inventory. Otherwise, it can turn into a great disaster. You should always remember that preventing rabbit diseases is easier than curing them. It is better to spend several hours processing than to spend months on treatment. Many infectious and pathogenic microbes that cause disease and the death of rabbits, retain their viability for several months. The rabies disease can recur, occur even after a complete change of livestock. Do not allow moisture in the cages and in the rabbit. Dirty and wet floors and grids of cells contribute to the emergence of such dangerous diseases as infectious stomatitis (“wet muzzle”), pasteurellosis, staphylococcus, coccidiosis and others. Rabbits are neat animals. Over time, they steadily develop the habit of emptying the stomach and bladder in a strictly defined location of the cell. Especially they observe cleanliness in the dark compartment where they rest. Usually rabbits choose a place for a toilet in one of the corners near the back wall of the cage. At the same time elect the highest place. Knowing all this, you can easily accustom rabbits to the place that you choose for them. To do this, the grate is in the right corner, preferably near the door, slightly lift it up, substituting a wooden bar of necessary section under it, and put a little feces of rabbits on the grate itself, which will encourage them to recover in this place. This will help clean the cage and make it easier to clean. Cleanliness in the cages and in the rabbit, normal humidity, good illumination and room ventilation. the guarantee of health of your rabbits, their good development and reproduction.