The maintenance and breeding of pets involves the knowledge and compliance with certain rules and regulations. The most important is the maximum imitation of the conditions in which the animals live in the wild. Rabbits are known for their unpretentiousness to the issues of nutrition, maintenance, as well as resistance to most diseases.
However, the cage should be selected with special care, based on the number of individuals, their age, sex composition.
Group for young.
The term “young animals” includes animals that the mother has already ceased to feed with milk, but which have not yet reached reproductive age. In the case of rabbits, the termination of lactation occurs in 70% of cases in the period from 30 to 45 days after birth.
At this time, and produce jigging. Individuals are divided into downhole and intended for breeding. The latter are also differentiated by gender. The container for the young, should be at some distance from the ground with the external content, to be free and clean. If a utility room is used for maintenance, it should be well ventilated and bright.
Slaughter animals are placed in groups of 6-8 individuals (for more information on slaughter here). Some breeders increase the number of animals to 10-15. The area of the enclosure should be at least 0.12 m² per animal. Breeding young stock contains 4-8 individuals with an area of 0.17 m² per individual. Sometimes, up to 3 months of age, females and males are kept together, but it is better to divide in advance in order to avoid premature mating.
The design can be one-sided (when one plane is a grid) or two-sided (in this case, two opposite planes are open). It is necessary to stop the choice on one of them, proceeding from environmental conditions.
If animals are kept outside, breeding takes place in windy terrain, it is better to use the first option. In a poorly ventilated room – the second. This is of particular importance for unvaccinated young (more about vaccinations here), animals have not yet developed immunity and are more susceptible to various diseases.
For adult animals.
Seeding young stock after 3 months of age is produced because of their growing aggressiveness. Males are increasingly entering into fights, poorly tolerate the neighborhood of other members of their gender.
Females can be kept in small groups of 2-3 individuals. Males of reproductive age should be only one at a time. If there is no opportunity for individual seating, conduct castration. It is especially important to avoid fights and "snacks" on the skin when breeding animals in order to get fur. Therefore, castration is usually subjected to downhole, while others are seated.
Such a system serves to save space when breeding. Shed is a series of cells located in one or more tiers. Two tiers are the best choice, because they allow to reduce the working area, while not complicating the care and control over the growth and development of animals.
This design is mainly used for their location on the street and is used in the southern regions. However, some breeders use it for summer animals or as a way of organizing an open-air cage in the barn.
Shed should not be flush with the earth’s surface. It is better if it is located at a height of 50-60 cm. The depth of the shed can be up to 1 meter, and the width – up to 2 (depending on the size of the animal). The most primitive option breeder can easily assemble yourself. Read more about the content of the rabbit rabbits.
Double cage with queen cell.
This design is used for females during the period of the acro. The mother liquor is a removable compartment in which newborn babies are located until they reach the age of one month. It is also called the feed compartment. The main part is named fodder. Between them there is a hole of 17 * 20 cm.
Double suitable for two females with baby rabbits or female and male. The separation between the compartments can be done using a grid or a solid wooden partition. It is better to make the floor from wooden slats in 1.5 cm steps so that the manure can be poured into the pallet below. This will save the "house" from excessive pollution and moisture.
Double cells with a net enclosure.
This design also has the name "Klenovo-Chagadaevo". It is used for non-pregnant females of reproductive age. Also suitable for young animals. Sometimes a container with an aviary is used for mating. Then a male is placed into one of the halves of the structure, and into another female.
Contained in a container divided by a partition, but having a common outlet in the grid enclosure. This gives them the opportunity for active movement, which has a positive effect on their condition. In such cases, you can get okrol even in the winter. The size of this plan is 220 * 65 * 50 cm.
Krolchatnik for the garden plot.
The device of cages for cultivation in a garden or a private farm usually assumes the maintenance in it of animals only in a warm season. For its location it is better to choose a moderately shaded place. A good solution would be to place in a dry, forested area of the garden. This will protect animals from overheating and wind. When choosing the size of the cages for keeping rabbits, it is worth starting from their number and needs.
An interesting constructive solution for the construction of cells proposed breeder Nikolai Zolotukhin. In its variant, the floor has a narrow strip made of mesh. In his experience, with time, without any training, animals begin to defecate in this place, minimizing pollution. When choosing a cell Zolotuhin size should be increased by 10 – 15 cm.