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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    in the nest boxesof the coop as leaving them put can encourage egg eating which is a hard habit to break Also if you find any hens on eggs and your not encouraging a broody then gently lift the bird off and place her outside with the others in the run Throughout the day the hens will keep themselves amused as they are reasonably self sufficient and assuming you have provided the basics good housing fresh water food dust bath and adequate exercise space they should be happy At the end of the day food will need to be placed in the chicken ark and any spillages cleared up from the run as this can attract vermin to your coop Drinkers can be left outside but must be refilled in the morning Never put them in the coop overnight as this increases humidity levels and there is a risk of them getting knocked over and spoiling the litter Chickens will not eat or drink whilst roosting As soon as the birds are away for the night close up the pop hole and check that all locks and catches are secure Your birds will keep sufficiently warm overnight if the number of chickens is matched to the size of the hen house If the weather does turn very cold though a handful of corn in the afternoon will provide the energy needed to keep the birds warm during the night Every few days Handle your poultry on a regular basis to check on general health and for parasitic infestations Also inspect the coop for these sort of problems as red mite become active at dusk and after dark if they are there you will soon see them crawling around the housing The quicker infestations are dealt with the better and the only way you will know if anything is wrong is to check the birds by hand Also check the legs and if any scales are raised or crusty this points to scaly leg mite Lastly take the time to check for excess dirt within the hen house which will need to be dealt with Weekly Tasks Feeders and drinkers will need to be disinfected and then refilled also check grit trays are refilled Check in the poultry run for waterlogged ground or standing water It s never a good idea to let the birds drink from puddles as they can contain nasty bacteria Use a garden fork to spike the ground and allow the water to drain away A thorough clean out of the inside of the hen house is needed every seven days In the winter bedding will be soiled quicker due to wet weather and more hours being spent inside Keeping your chicken coop clean will help to keep rats away and also any unpleasant odours Any damp on the coop floor can be helped by the use of a disinfectant powder under the hens bedding keeping the coop fresher for longer Monthly Jobs Check the coop and

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    help fight the red mire Dip the perch ends into the paint also and let it soak in well as this is where the critters will tend to hide Coop Fixtures and Fittings Cleaning out the hen house is obviously a weekly task but with spring in the air a more thorough clean can begin Remove all perches internal nest box dividers feeders and drinkers to give more room for the coop to gain a thorough scrub with a safe disinfectant such as virkon s or poultry shield Scrape down all the perches from droppings and any that are too encrusted should be replaced with new A pressure washer is a great tool to help you get things really clean but use this on a warm day to ensure that the coop is dry before replacing the bedding and your hens Whilst the coop is empty you should be spraying for red mite with a pressure sprayer used for weed killer obviously a new one Get into all the cracks and crevices where the mites like to hide and give them a thorough soaking Finally use stalosan f dry disinfectant to spread over the coop floor before replacing with shavings to help with any insect or ammonia problems You should also be checking for signs of rats of mice as these need to be dealt with quickly as numbers can increase rapidly Look for signs of knowing droppings and hard to reach areas such as under the coop if it is not raised off the floor a perfect environment to bring up their young Run Areas and Pens Any ground that has been used for a while will by now probably be sour and in the hot weather can create a smell Nows the time to rotavate and lime the

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Weekly Rabbit Care 25 10 2010 All hutches should be cleaned thoroughly at least once weekly or even twice weekly All mesh fronts of the rabbit cage should have fluff brushed off thoroughly with disinfectant Cardboard boxes used for games should also be replaced every 7 days and these are great for wearing down their teeth on or even just to play hide or forage in Food bowls and water bottles should be washed up and replenished and if your bunnys live in a shed the windows will need to be cleaned to let in light and left open to provide a good airing to prevent dust build up A thorough weekly health check is advisable and every 6 weeks a rabbit will need to have its nails clipped if he has no access to hard wearing ground whilst being in his rabbit cage If you have a run on the lawn its best to move it every week and collect up faeces so the ground doesn t become contaminated The ideal housing to have is a hutch with run combination so the rabbit can exercise when he feels like it

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2010 General Rabbit Checks 27 10 2010 Nails Take time to look at your rabbits nails If he is always kept on soft bedding in his hutch and his run is situated on grass this will mean there will be little if no wear to the claws only if he likes to dig in his run For bunnies that are kept in a two tier hutch with a hard concrete base underneath this will help to naturally file the rabbits nails If they do require cutting then you can take them along to your vet who will be happy to do this for you or its easy to learn how to do this by yourself Make sure you use a good pair of nail clippers these can be the type used for dogs or humans Tuck the rabbit under your arm and examine the nail the blood vessel is easily seen so just cut off the dead end Turn the rabbit over still holding it firmly under your arm and trim the back nails Feet The fur on a rabbits feet should be thick like pile carpet Its especially important in the short coated rabbits such as the Rex breed

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    of a rabbits teeth has the upper incisors overlapping the bottom ones Malocclusion can also be known as buck or wolf teeth This is where the bottom incisors overlap the top ones and cause the teeth to grow curved and if not clipped or burred down will grow into the rabbits cheeks or roof of the mouth This can be a hereditary fault in the genes and the rabbit can

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    the Hutch 07 10 2010 For wooden hutches beech wood is ideal as it is non absorbent You can make the inside of your hutch waterproof by painting over with a non poisonous varnish which will help with the cleaning The easiest way to keep your rabbit hutch floors clean is to do a spot clean every day and a full clean out once a week Brush out the hutch with a brush and dustpan then sprinkle a disinfectant powder onto the clean surface Then cover with a thick wad of newspaper these are extremely useful as the printers ink deters mites as they do not like it Cover with a layer of woodshavings or straw To dispose of hutch waste you could roll it up and burn it in a small garden incinerator or dispose of it in your council bin for green waste as it will make lovely compost Every month or so the hutch will need a thorough scrub out to get rid of urine build up There are lots of sprays on the market or you could use diluted Jeyes fluid or Virkon Doing this prevents odour aswell as being a great fly deterrent Rabbits can

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    Pigs Trampolines News by Month February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Bunny Bedding 11 10 2010 Suitable bedding materials for rabbits are shavings barley straw or hay Many of these are cheap to buy and readily available A thick layer of newspaper on the hutch floor will make disposing of bedding easier just roll it up in the paper and dispose of If you have a large run attached to your rabbit s hutch suitable materials for playing in include autumn leaves that are clean and dry Your bunny will love to dig and forage through these Also branches of fruit trees can be a great thing to gnaw on and provide wear for their ever growing front teeth Cheap items around the home can also be used in your rabbit house to provide entertainment Cardboard boxes can make a wonderful place for a rabbit to sleep in just make a large round opening They will also spend hours playing in the tunnels made You could stuff with hay and a fruit treat such as apple and make their feeding experience a more natural one with having to search and graze for

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    rabbits sharing A built in or separate run will be needed for exercise to maintain a healthy animal A food dish Earthenware bowls such as those used for cats and dogs are ideal Plastic bowls are too light and will be kicked around and they will make a mess of their rabbit hutch A gravity fed water bottle As rabbits drink a lot of water it will be wise to

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