If you want to receive income from breeding rabbits, it is necessary to provide optimal conditions for their growth and development. For many years, the method of keeping rabbits in cages has proven its effectiveness. Thus, you will maximize the use of space. In this case, it is possible from time to time to use walks for rabbits at special sites.
Pros and cons of the method
There are a lot of positive in keeping rabbits in cages. This method allows normalized feeding, thanks to which animals receive all the necessary nutrients. At the same time the feed consumption will be minimal. This method prevents the uncontrolled mating of rabbits. Thus, you will be able to engage in breeding, select animals with the necessary qualities and pair them. Rabbits are separate from each other, much less often in contact with each other and therefore much less likely to become ill with infections. Vaccination is easy, as there is no need to catch animals across the yard.
In cages, krols do not move much, so they gain weight more quickly, they will be fattened in a shorter time. The meat of such individuals will be more delicate, light pink in color. Such meat is more delicious and it is most often bought. When keeping males, fights often occur, and keeping rabbits in cages prevents this. Skins will be complete, without damage.
The main disadvantage of this method is the waste of a huge amount of time for cleaning the cages for keeping rabbits and distributing feed. In each feeder you need to put the necessary combination of feed. But this can be combated by improving the cells with pitched two-level floors, auto-drinkers and bunker feeders.
Another disadvantage – reduced immunity of animals. They move a little, which leads to pain. Immunity can be enhanced by regular intake of vitamins.
Cages for keeping rabbits are classified according to conditions and depending on the inhabitants. In the first case, the housing of rabbits happens to be external stationary, outdoor mobile, with paddocks for walking, as well as for keeping in rooms. Usually rabbit breeders use cages for street rabbits. They are placed in a row at a height of 80-100 cm. With sufficient space, you can make a free-form aviary. Animals will be provided with movement and green food. If you use lightweight cells, they can be transferred to the premises in the winter. Such manipulations will stretch the period of obtaining offspring for a whole year.
There are facilities for the separate maintenance of males. Males and females must be kept separate. This is done to control breeding. For pregnant rabbits, individual cells are removed. They must be equipped with a uterine compartment or a portable uterine house. After the baby rabbits are born, they will live with their mother for up to three months. Juveniles begin to be kept separately in groups of (5 to 20) individuals until puberty.
To save space, facilities are arranged in several tiers. Optimally in two. Such a two-tier structure is called a shed. They are built from wooden planks. For the reliability of the design, you can build a foundation, but not necessarily. Shed is placed at a height of 50-60 cm. To collect waste products, a structure is made that resembles a sewer with a drip tray. The roof is covered with slate. Surely all cells are equipped with bunker feeders and have enclosed nest boxes. This method of breeding is the most ecological.
There is also a Klenovo-Chegodaevskaya construction, which provides for fencing off the aft compartment from the nesting one. If necessary, the crawl can be locked in the nesting compartment. An attached feeding compartment is usually made without a roof, from a fine mesh. Food put in special bowls. Nest compartment more spacious.
Often use a heating or cooling system that allows you to maintain the same temperature all year round.
For beginner rabbit breeders, there are some guidelines for building cages for keeping rabbits. Structures must be made of thick wood, because rabbits love to gnaw everything, and it will not be difficult for them to damage the thin wooden elements. It is best to use hard wood (oak, maple). For reliability from the inside you can upholster the walls with a grid or metal profile. The floor must be made slatted or netted in all cages, except for those that contain rabbits. In multilevel structures, the floor of the upper cells should be two-level. Thus, waste products will not fall on the lower ranks. In order to prevent paw diseases when rabbits are kept in cages, in some parts of the cage it is worth making a false floor or solid flooring. Since rodents do not tolerate drafts and low temperatures, a glazed frame can be built in cages for street rabbits.
Conditions of detention
Rabbits are sensitive to conditions of detention: temperature, humidity, air speed, daylight hours, etc. The first thing to do when choosing an area to accommodate cages for keeping rabbits is to pay attention to the level of thawed water. Also the place should be protected from strong winds. Otherwise, eared will often hurt. As a barrier from the winds use trees, bushes, walls of houses. These conditions must be checked when animals are kept in winter. The optimal microclimate parameters for domestic rabbits are temperatures from +10 to +20 degrees, the light level is 30-40 lux. Light day should last 16-18 hours. In the summer it is necessary to prevent getting heat stroke. To this end, the cells are covered with hay or straw. Humidity is not more than 60-75%, at a speed of 0.3 m / s. Also, rabbits are very sensitive to the content of certain harmful substances in the air, namely, ammonia (not more than 0.026%) and carbon dioxide (up to 0.5%).
The rabbitks need to be constantly aired. Drinkers and feeders regularly, preferably daily, clean. Somewhere twice a week, and more often, you need to clean the cells. Manure is easy to clean through holes in the floor. After harvesting, lay a fresh litter.
Fresh grass for feed should be washed with water, podvyalit and placed in the feeder. Green food is used for rodents to grow quickly. It is also inexpensive and reduces the consumption of grain feed. Rabbits like to eat carrots and beets tops, cabbage, rhubarb. Preference should be given to dandelion, plantain, couch grass, nettles and other plants. They also eat sprigs of deciduous trees well.
It is especially important that clean water is always in the drinkers. Drinking water is needed for better digestion of food and increase appetite. Especially needed water nursing rabbit and young for growth. But: if in the autumn animals eat a lot of food containing water, then the liquid can lead to indigestion.
Hay is used in the winter. It should be small and heterogeneous. Before use, hay must be soaked. You can give all kinds of cereals. There are special granules, which include fats, proteins, carbohydrates in a balanced form.
For high-quality fur and good weight gain, it is necessary to strive for the most complete diet. Rabbit breeders should ensure the use of fresh seasonal feed. In winter, they often feed with hay and mixed fodder, so it is worth giving the rabbits vitamins and minerals. It is especially important to feed pregnant pregnant rabbits and young animals.
Video “Rabbits in cages: keeping and breeding”
The video shows the principle of keeping rabbits in a cage and tells about the cage itself, about the features of breeding, feeding and care.