Things around the rabbitry were boring for a while, but at least some things have started getting really interesting lately. . .and I mean the not so fun kind of interesting. There are a few other things that I am going to write about, but I will get the bad stuff out of the way first.
Yesterday, I went out to feed the rabbits and found the six month old buck looking funny and not jumping around and moving like he normally is. I tried giving him his pellets and I also offered him some special treats, but he just nosed them and then huddled back up. I was afraid it was catchy or something, because I have never had that happen before, so I moved him to a hutch I had on the other side of the yard. I left him for a while, and when I came back later, I found him with his treats, food and water still untouched. I went away for only about an hour and then I found him stretched out dead. I don’t know what he got or did, but it happened fast because on Saturday evening he was still looking fine. I am wondering if he got something bad in the food I was giving him and then he didn’t drink or eat and died from dehydration.
The heat has been pretty bad for the rabbits. I have the one hutch facing directly into the sun for part of the day and all the rabbits get pretty hot. I try to get a sheet or something draped over it so it provides shade and mist the rabbits ears. It still gets really hot for them, so today, I had to bring Surprise into the garage to cool off. Normally, I bring them into the house, but he is molting right now and hair is flying everywhere. He enjoyed laying on the cement, which was a cooler than his cage.
Anyway, enough of that. Onto the nicer stuff.
I haven’t posted about this before, but I started doing a fodder system for the rabbits. It is pretty simple and cheaper than pellets. I still feed pellets, but not as many as before. I just take a cup of wheat and soak it for a day and then rinse it daily until it is wheat grass and ready to feed to the rabbits. They love it and it is really good for them. When I started feeding it to the babies at about four weeks old, there was no diarrhea or any sickness. It is different than just the grass and stuff you would feed to an adult rabbit. I sometimes give them a whole tray a day and then use only a few pellets. It is very satisfying to see the feed bill go down and see the pellets stay around a little longer.
Here is a couple pictures of the babies enjoying their fodder.
And now, for the last nice thing. The doe that had a blind eye is getting big and is enjoying spending time with Snowball. They have just been hanging out together, but soon it will be time for the doe to go. Snowball needs to be bred soon and I haven’t ever wanted to find out what she gets like while pregnant and with another rabbit in her cage. Here is the picture of them together.