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How to feed the little rabbits


To feed the rabbits and get a healthy livestock is not difficult if you work hard. After birth, babies in the first weeks of life receive good nutrition with the rabbit's milk. Then they go to the lure. There are some differences in the diet for toddlers and adults. Properly selected nutrition will improve the quality of fur and meat, and for this you need to know how to properly feed differently aged youngsters. In this article you will learn how to feed the little rabbits, as well as consider all the nuances of artificial feeding.

How to feed a rabbit from the moment of birth to feeding

From birth to rabbits and before feeding, the main food they serve as mother's milk. When a rabbit behaves normally and she is healthy, there are no reasons for feelings. At that time care rabbit breeder to provide them with good conditions. This wealth in high-quality food and water. At this time, the female is experiencing a large load on the body, so you should increase nutrients in the diet. She produces 170 g of milk per day, or even more. And with it, 25 grams of protein. Therefore, it needs more nutrient feed to replenish more than before the lactation period. For rabbits with an average weight of 5-6 kg, the consumption rate of feed units is 330-700 grams (1 feed unit equals 1 kg of oats). The menu should be changed every week.

Little rabbit feeds little rabbits

At this time, the rabbit should be fed:

  • in summer: clover, alfalfa, oatmeal mixture, herbs;
  • in winter: bean hay, boiled potatoes, silage, carrots.

Also in the menu add pea mix, oats, bran and oil cake.

How much feed is needed for the rabbit per day

  • from hay 100-300 grams;
  • sunflower oil cake 40-60 grams;
  • sunflower grotto 30 grams;
  • fodder yeast 5 grams;
  • fish oil 4 grams;
  • meat and bone meal 7 grams;
  • bone meal 4 grams;
  • chalk - 3 grams;
  • salt 2 grams.
Be sure to enter the green and juicy feed. The increase in lactation is affected by the shoots of dill and elecampane.

During the feeding period for the female it is better to make the feed mixture,%:

Recipe 1:

  • oats - 60;
  • alfalfa - 30-40;
  • mineral supplements.
Rabbit food

Recipe 2:

  • from bran - 12;
  • corn - 10;
  • alfalfa - 10;
  • mineral supplements -2.

During the day, the rabbit should be given from 20 to 500 grams of feed mixture. On day 20, the amount of food is increased, because the babies begin to eat with their mother.

To increase lactation during this period pour milk in addition to water. In the morning 0.5 liters and in the evening 0.5 liters. To teach her, use a 5 gram syringe. Pour a little in your mouth and then offer it in a bowl. Be careful with milk in the summer, so as not to make it sour. Otherwise, there may be intestinal problems. Cow or goat milk can be replaced with dry or mixtures.

How to bring up rabbits without rabih at home

Sometimes there are cases that the newborn baby rabbits are left without rabbit milk. How to get out of this situation? In this position, they can be fed artificially, even at home.

Up to 7 days

Kids up to 7 days of age You can feed the cow, goat milk or use dry milk mixtures. Cow's milk is diluted 1: 1 with condensed unsweetened, milk mixture is made in double concentration, and goat is given in pure form. Inject milk using a syringe or make a nipple. We wash the penicillin vial and put a pacifier on it. We make the pacifier of the pipette rubber cap.

The bunny eats from the nipple

To feed the rabbit per day you need from 3 to 5 times.

  • once in the early morning;
  • 3 times a day;
  • once in the evening.

One feeding leaves about 1 ml.

For artificial feeding, rabbit is preferable to goat milk. In concentration and composition, it is closer to rabbit milk.

After 7 days

Up to a week old only dairy food. After 7 days old double the amount of food, and reduce feeding to 3 times a day. By 15 days portions tripled.

In the early days of the baby is difficult to feed, so take a cotton wool, moisten it and gently wipe the mouth cavity with it. Wait for him to lick and continue. When the rabbit gets used, go to a syringe or nipple.

In the early days, the little one needs a tummy massage and hygiene. Wipe the body with a damp cloth. Pay special attention to the anus. Also wipe the face after feeding.

From 20 days to a month

Rabbits from 20 days of age can already independently drink milk from a bowl. We follow the dairy menu until one month of age. After that, it will be possible to give them small quantities of high-quality hay, grated carrots and hydrated feed. Mixed feed mixes in small portions, preventing souring. Herbal pellets for feeding rabbits can be purchased at a vet pharmacy. How much food to give rabbit? The portion is calculated by weight of the baby and should be 3% by weight.

Monthly and older

From the moment milk is reduced, they must be given additional water. First, drink water with the help of a nipple. Later, when they start drinking on their own, the water should be constantly in the bowl. Lack of water threatens rabbits with kidney disease. Up to the age of 45 days, milk feeding and a smooth transition to an adult diet are possible.

A few tips for artificial feeding of newborns baby rabbits with milk

If such a trouble happened and the kids were left without maternal care and milk, then it is possible to feed a rabbit artificially. Although this process is troublesome and requires tremendous patience. And the result is not 100%, but rather deplorable, but you need to try. Such crawls usually lag behind in development.

With such feeding keep clean. All nipples and dishes should be boiled over with boiling water. Since the kids are naked, they should be kept warm. It is possible to put a heating pad in the box where they are kept. When they are covered with wool, it can be removed.

Artificial feeding pet rabbit

It is better to feed goat milk, but if this is not the case, then in the veterinary pharmacy, you can purchase powdered milk or feed mixtures of puppies.

Feed needs often enough. They must eat 5 times a day in small portions.. Before feeding the baby needs help emptying. Under natural conditions, the mother does this, but in this case you need to do it yourself.

Wet cotton pad, massage movements, wipe the body. Getting massage to the tummy. Lightly pressing several times from navel to tail. We perform this procedure until the baby is empty. Then wipe the anus and feed the rabbit. Massage for emptying to do within 2 weeks. Then it will be emptied by itself.

It is important to monitor the presence and color of the poop. They should be green. If they are not there, then the baby needs help.

If it is not emptied, then it does not have enough power. Need to add a little milk. A well-fed baby behaves calmly. Not jumping in a dream. Do not crawl on the box. Tummy plump and elastic.

To 15 days in the box should be allocated a place where it will be dark. Rabbits by this time love to sleep in a dark place. Cover one corner with a rag.

If the feeding process is successful, then to day 20, the rabbit can drink milk from a saucer. You can also give it finely chopped carrots. Green, high-quality hay or dried grass. If this happens in winter, the greens can be grown hydroponically. Kids can also be given hay flour.. Gradually should be in small portions to add to the diet moist feed. Boiled thick porridge.

Cabbage leaves should not be given, although they are eaten with pleasure. The digestive system is not yet formed, so the baby may have a distended abdomen and diarrhea. This is likely to lead to death.

As already mentioned, cleanliness must be maintained. Feed must be fresh. Without souring, without mold. Prepare the mixture immediately before feeding. Vegetables must be washed.

Perhaps these tips will help you feed a healthy baby.

How to feed the little rabbits after jigging from the mother, how to make food

Jailing a rabbit from a mother takes place at different ages from 28 to 45 days. But best of all to do it at the age of 45 days. Jigging at this time reduces the mortality of young. Since by this time he has formed a digestive system. Together with his mother he eats hay and the rest of the food from the adult diet.

Black rabbits with a rabbit

In the beginning they are given the same food they fed with their mother. New for rabbit feed, enter gradually in small portions. It is recommended to drip vitamin B into the water.. 50 ml are required for 1 liter. It prevents stress.

In the diet of the rabbit should be present:

  • dried greens or high-quality hay;
  • boiled potatoes;
  • pumpkin;
  • zucchini;
  • powdered milk;
  • vitamin preparationsif it is winter;
  • hay flour;
  • grated or sliced carrot;
  • oats;
  • wetted feed;
  • rolled grain;
  • bone flour;
  • fish flour.
  • reverse

During this period it is useful to feed:

  • chicory;
  • yarrow;
  • chamomile;
  • hunter;
  • Dubrovnik;
  • burdock;
  • branches of trees with leaves.
Rabbits eat cabbage leaf

Rabbit should receive:

45-60 days:

  • 70-125 feed units;

61-90 days:

  • 145-170 kg;

90-120 days:

  • 170-225 ke;

Since rabbits have an intensive growth during this period, the digestible protein should be 18 grams per 100 cu. Grown up rabbit from 4 months transferred to an adult diet.

When distributing hay, carefully inspect to not hit toxic herbs:

  • dope
  • henbane; and many others.
Toxic herb henbane

For older rabbits from 4 months of age, change the diet of feed. Reduce the proportion of feed. It contains a lot of fat, which is harmful to animals in large quantities. Vitamin hay, green grass and vegetables are provided.

Winter feeding,%

  • 10-20 hay;
  • feed 55-65;
  • juicy feed 20-30.

Summer feeding,%

  • green grass 30-40;
  • concentrate 60-70.

Food is distributed 3-4 times a day. At the same time, if some food remained from the previous feeding, then its rate should be slightly reduced. Do not give sour bag. Such feed must be removed. Fresh grass should be loosened before feeding.. Remove dirt from vegetables and cut into slices.

Feed in the feeders should be constantly. The digestive system in rabbits is designed so that in order for it to empty, the food must push through the food. therefore hay must be constantly. Even a small hunger can lead to problems.

Do not feed rabbit bread, pasta.

For a rabbit breeder it is important to raise healthy offspring of a rabbit. After all, it is in the future females, bringing the offspring, and hence a good income. So that the bunnies are healthy, they need to provide proper nutrition and conditions of detention.