The importance of human water consumption is well known, but do novice rabbit breeders know about the role of fluid for eared ears? After all, you need to be aware of all the subtleties and rules: how to water rabbits, how to give them water, and much more.
What to feed rabbits
The importance of water for rabbits
Seventy percent of the rabbit’s body is made up of fluid, which means that water is vital for the eared. This is the basic fluid they need. Upon receipt of water in the required quantities, the processes of digestion and assimilation of food occur, as expected, all nutrients are absorbed into the blood without difficulty.
In addition, water affects the timely emptying of the animal, maintains its body temperature at the desired level.
The consequences of a lack of fluid
If for some reason your pet starts to receive less liquid for drinking, an indigestion is guaranteed. This will be followed by kidney problems, blood clotting, hair loss, etc.
By the way, one of the reasons for such an unpleasant phenomenon as a female eating her newborn offspring is the lack of drinking near her. It is believed that in this way the “mother” saves the children from the alleged death from thirst, since she herself will not begin lactation if she does not drink a lot of water. It is especially important to give the rabbit a drink immediately after the boiling, when she loses a very large amount of liquid.
Rabbit Water Consumption Rules
The frequency with which the rabbit needs to be fed is twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, if there is no auto-drinker. However, in the summer, when there is unbearable heat, you can safely increase this amount to three times a day, for example, at lunchtime. In the summer, it is correct to pour cool (but not cold) water into the drinkers, about 18-20 ° C.
What kind of water do rabbits need?
Water for pussies is taken from clean sources (from a tap, a well). Rivers, ponds and other bodies of water are not suitable for this purpose. Defend water for a day or filter. Do not boil. Before "serving" it can even be slightly warmed up, but not very much, room temperature will be quite enough.
Animals are given drinks before distributing feed. If you are going to feed the grass, then the water before or cut off after feeding can cause bloating in the stomach.
How to determine the need for eared water
To understand how much fluid an animal needs, you need to relate to each other the following factors:
- pet age
- state of health;
- ambient air temperature;
- frequency and dose of dry feed intake.
For example, young animals, females, before and after okrolya, should drink much more than older rabbits. For a day they can drink a liter, or even more than two and a half liters.
When the diet of rabbits consists mainly of dry food, the amount of water must be increased: one kilogram of dry food is 1-2 liters of liquid. If you enter juicy foods in the menu for the animal: greens, root crops, usually this happens in the fall, then they need to give less to drink. So you prevent indigestion in the eared.
In addition, each breed can drink more or less than the rest. If you monitor the constant availability of water in drinking bowls, constantly change it to fresh and clean, then the animals themselves will figure out how much anyone needs to drink.
Another thing is if, in addition to ignoring the liquid, the eared speaker refuses to eat, is not very mobile, or does not move at all. These are clear signs of the disease.
Drinking bowls for rabbits
As a drinking bowl for a rabbit, you can use the most common containers: bowls, shallow plates, etc. True, their inconvenience is that different rubbish easily gets there, including wool, food, eared feces, and water becomes unfit for consumption. Also, animals, moving around the cage, turn over light containers. As a result, they have nothing to drink, their litter becomes wet, which causes paw diseases.
So from what to feed rabbits so that it is convenient for both animals and owners? The option with special drinkers fits great. They are made on their own or finished designs are bought. There are open and nipple drinkers. The latter are bottles mounted on a cage and are considered more hygienic. The animal presses on the nipple and gets some water when it needs it.
Should milk be given to the eared?
Everyone knows that little rabbits drink milk, they need it for normal development. But is it necessary to continue to give it to adults already? Due to the fact that the digestive system of rabbits is an extremely fragile system, it is not necessary to water them with milk, as well as to give other derivative products thereof.
How to water rabbits in winter
Special attention should be paid to the rules for feeding water to rabbits in the winter. The main difficulty lies in the fact that when the column of the thermometer falls lower and lower, the water in the drinking bowl becomes colder, or even freezes quickly.
The task of how to water rabbits with water in the winter is solved if it is possible to warm the water in automatic mode. Otherwise, it will have to be heated a couple of times a day to 30-35 ° C, so that the pets do not have to drink ice water, this is simply unacceptable.
Snow instead of water?
There is such a technique, giving rabbits winter snow instead of water. They also use ice. Some rabbit breeders explain this approach by the fact that in natural conditions the eared bears survive in the period of cold weather, because no one pours or warms water specially for them.
However, this method should be resorted to only as a last resort, when there are no other options. In this case, snow or ice should be clean.
But remember that the use of snow threatens to significantly lower the body temperature of the animal, and, accordingly, various colds. Also, a frozen rabbit will eat many times more. It turns out that instead of spending on an electric drinker or self-heating water, the money will go to an additional purchase of feed or, in the worst case, medicines.