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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2010 September 2010 August 2010 The Rabbit Hutch 05 10 2010 Shelter is the most important element for your pet bunny The simplest way to house them is a traditional hutch on legs to avoid dampness There will be two compartments to a hutch the smaller closed in area will be for shelter and sleeping The hutch will have a gap in the partition to allow access from one side to the other The roof should have a slight overhang to protect from weather It should be built of well seasoned wood and all joints and fixing must fit properly to avoid draughts to the occupants Ideally place your hutch out of direct sunlight in a sheltered position against a wall Shade is extremely important in the summer as rabbits have no sweat glands They are more sensitive to heat than cold and can get heatstroke due to only being able to lose heat through respiration A rabbit will need to be able to hop 3 times along the length of the hutch and be able to periscope up on its hind legs without its ears touching the ceiling The more space you can give your pet the better they

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    people don t realize but good quality dust free hay should make up around 80 of their diet Rabbits are grazers think of a wild rabbit out all day in the fields they spend most of their day looking for food and selecting the best bits This is what a rabbit will do if given a mix with high grain and cereal content they will in turn leave all the bits with goodness so best to give a pelleted nugget The best is one made by Burgess Excel who also are recommended by vets and have a 5 point feeding plan The golden rule when you buy a rabbit is to make sure that you have been given change over feed so that you can gradually change your rabbits diet over a period of 10 days A sudden change in diet will make your rabbit very poorly 1 Nutritional Needs A wild rabbit will have an endless supply of wild plants and grasses and they instinctively avoid poisonous plants In the modern world it is not viable for the keeper to scour the hedgerows looking for their dinner for them so a more modern approach is taken Pellets are used

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    rabbit often make the most wonderful of pets Doe or Buck Stock should not leave its mother until it s at least 8 weeks old and is best purchased around 10 12 weeks of age By this time hopefully any illness will have shown up in the rabbit stress related or otherwise Young rabbits settle quicker into a new environment than an adult one Bucks are more easily trained and a neutered buck and doe will live happily together if they are littermates If they come from separate litters they will both require neutering and they will need to be bonded which most of the time works but can take a lot of time and patience from the owner Does if from the same litter can quite happily live in small groups or pairs providing they have ample living space Does that are kept singly and are un neutered may become territorial and aggressive towards an owner boxing with their front feet and grunting at you If you keep more than one un neutered male they will need separate hutches whereas sibling females can share a rabbit cage and run Neutering If you do not plan to breed from your rabbits then the kindest thing you can do for them is to have them neutered This does come at a cost of around 50 per rabbit but you will have a much happier companion and save them from illness later in life 50 of un neutered female rabbits will develop uterine cancer Neutered rabbits are easier to litter train and with bucks there will be less smell Bucks can be castrated at about 3 4 months of age whilst does can be spayed at 6 months of age Dwarf breeds can be neutered at 4 months What Breed If you

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    screw onto the hutch wall Hay should be chopped and not in long strands as these can become entangled around a rabbits paw or leg cutting off the circulation Hay is sold in pet shops in pillow packs which are for convenience and are usually sterilised Make sure the hay you feed is as dust free as possible is sweet smelling and has no sign of mould growing in it Bread All scraps of bread can be given to a rabbits if dried off rock hard first It doesn t matter if it gets burnt as its nutritious and much appreciated by the rabbits and it also good for wearing down teeth Green Foods DONT S Do not feed lettuce Parsnips frozen or wet greens Lettuce will upset a rabbit s stomach greatly and i t contains almost no nutrients Instead feed dark leafy lettuces like romaine lettuce Those have less water content and are packed full of great nutrients Please make sure ALL lettuce and vegetables are properly washed to clear any pesticides If too much fruit or vegetables are fed and left in the cage these should be removed daily and replaced with fresh to avoid waste being

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    footsteps of their wild ancestors Rabbits will feed regularly rest in their hutches during the day and become active around dusk until early morning Get into a routine which will suit you and your rabbits best Always feed the same time of day if possible If you spot clean your rabbit house clean the toilet corners before feeding This way your rabbit will be able to feed and drink in peace In the evening obviously they will want to be busy so this is the time to hang up treat balls in the run and provide lots of fresh hay in your rabbits cage Also top up the water which your rabbit will rely on its owner for In the wild a rabbit is self reliant and when he forages this provides him with all the moisture he needs Its vitally important to check the water supply when feeding pellets or dry mix Rabbits should be taken out of their hutches and put out in their run if the weather is dry This gives them a chance to graze and for regular exercise which is important for their muscles and joints When putting your rabbit back to his bed in

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/daily-rabbit-care/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    Care Rabbits Guinea Pigs Trampolines News by Month February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Common Problems 01 11 2010 There are some common faults which can lead to ill health and in many cases these can be prevented Problems with Stock Badly reared youngsters Purchase of cheap rabbits from an unknown source Stock which has been weaned and taken from the mother too early before 8 weeks of age Housing Problems Overcrowded hutches Inadequate bedding in the rabbit house Dirty conditions Poor ventilation Inadequate protection from the weather could easily be remidied with a rabbit hutch cover Feeding Faults Feeding damp or mouldy feed Overfeeding or underfeeding Irregular feeding Feeding of poisonous plants or newly cut hay Infectious Diseases Failing to notice early sighn of ill health e g scratching sneezing dull coat or runny eyes Failure to isolate sick stock in a rabbit cage away from others Handling healthy animals after touching diseased ones without hand washing External Problems Rats mice dogs cats stoats can all lead to panic and stress Physical Injury Careless handling Bites from other rabbits Protruding nails in hutches Torn wire netting on hutches Chipped food dishes

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    6 monthly is advisable VHD viral hemorrhagic disease vaccination is reccommended yearly also Myxomatosis is a viral disease which is spread by biting insects such as fleas and mosquitos This means that even if your rabbit lives indoors with you and not in a hutch in the garden the disease can still be caught easily The first signs of problems are swelling around the eyelids base of the ears and genitals The rabbit will then become very unwell causing them to stop eating and secondary infection can occur Pasturella which will result in conjunctivitis and is generally fatal There is also a rare myxomatosis which causes swelling in the ears nose and paws but the rabbits remain well in themselves and the nodules dissapear over time To help control the insects which visit your pet while he is in his rabbit house sticky fly traps can be hung in the environment or hutches can be sprayed with a safe insecticide VHD is a calici virus which was spread and reached Britain in 1992 Convulsions and nose bleed are serious symptoms which will lead to a rabbit passing Less accute signs to be aware of are anorexia breathlessness and generally lethargic

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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    bedding is kept dry and clean in freezing temperatures In the bedroom area of your rabbits hutch fill to the top with plenty of hay and use shavings for the base to soak up urine Guinea Pig hutches should also be made up in the same way but with chopped straw at the bottom with lots of hay to snuggle up in For frozen drinking bottles that are attached to the rabbit and guinea pigs hutches you could put a drop of glycerine in to stop them freezing Also an idea would be to wrap them in bubble wrap and put a sock over the top to insulate the bottle With such a temperature change the bottles may begin to leak making the bedding in the rabbit hutch wet which overnight will freeze and could pose a problem to your pets You can also buy special bottle huggers which attach easily to the rabbit hutch front but these can prove expensive If bottles do get frozen defrost carefully as the plastic can crack and make sure the metal sipper is properly defrosted as the animal will not be able to drink form it if not Cover any rabbit hutches in

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/tips-for-winter/ (2016-02-09)
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