Some rabbit breeders are sometimes very frightened by the onset of cold weather. Naturally, keeping rabbits in the winter should in a special way, but it will not be difficult for those who know how to keep and breed rabbits correctly. But before the onset of frost should correctly and responsibly prepare animals. The rabbit has its own warm fur, but he still has to create all the necessary conditions. This is necessary in order to avoid diseases and frostbite, which can be associated with severe cold.
Winter keeping rabbits outdoors
All the benefits of keeping and raising rabbits on the street throughout the year are known only to experienced rabbit breeders. But list of benefits for those without experience and just starting to engage in these cute animals:
- Rabbits do not breathe toxic substances due to the lack of ammonia evaporation (and it is one of the main reasons for the extinction of these animals);
- Infectious diseases in winter do not occur;
- Winter financial costs are much less. Building a winter cage or greenhouse will cost you much less than building a summer barn;
- Frosty winter air helps animals gain strong immunity and become tempered.
When the owner without experience in breeding a rabbit is acquainted with all the nuances and skills of keeping rabbits in winter, he will notice immediate benefit in such content.
How to keep rabbits in winter – tips
As practice shows, rabbits in winter on the street hfeel wonderful. But have you forgotten about the comfort of such pets. After all, no one gives you a guarantee that at very low temperatures the animals will not die.
Rabbits mate is not very active if the temperatures outside are low. Along with this, they are very fast gaining body weight, to ensure that it is heated by energy. The result is a low birth rate due to a decrease in reproduction. One can not hope for replenishment in such conditions.
In severe frosts, young individuals and females in position feel not in the best way. But do not be scared. There were even cases when animals were kept at a temperature of 30 degrees below zero. Fuzzies multiplied normally and felt great. It is because of this that special attention should be paid to the construction of a house or a greenhouse for pussies.
Home Improvement for the Winter
This issue is very important in the winter keeping of rabbits and should be given maximum attention. It is best to fill the space between the cage and the walls with natural heat insulators. These include:
- Styrofoam or felt;
- Small branches of trees;
- Dry straw;
- Dry leaves of bushes and trees.
If the floor has a mesh structure, then it must be covered with a very thick layer of dry straw. And also it is possible to lay out the floor in the cage with thick wooden boards. On days when the weather is frosty and frosty, you should wrap the cage with your pets in warm clothes or a cotton blanket. Almost all experienced rabbit breeders fill the interior with hay. During breathing, rabbits heat the air and this heat, thanks to hay, is stored for a long time.
The easiest way to help keep cells warm and comfortable is to raise them to a height of 85 centimeters above the floor. Houses from the outside can also be insulated. In order to do this, put an overlap on the roof of iron. This will prevent water from entering.
Breeding rabbits in the winter and wintering in the winter
No one will doubt that rabbits born in winter have better health and grow faster. And their fur is much better and better than rabbits born in any other period of the year. From such hardened animals in the future, more productive females and excellent producers will be obtained.
Mating these whimsical animals in the winter is carried out according to a special regime. At the same time, it is important to know and take into account that an older female, which has already been used repeatedly in aroles, is best suited for coating. It is also important to consider how much she will be able to feed her babies on her own, using her own milk.
Mating these animals is recommended in those days when severe frosts are not expected. It is recommended to do this in the afternoon. Beginning rabbit breeders want to get offspring faster. But they forget that nothing good should be expected from the reinforced spouts that occur in severe frosts.
Okrol can be obtained in the winter even from rabbits living on the street. And following all the rules, you can reduce costs to a minimum amount. The result will be more tangible if you choose those females that can give more than two litters in one winter.
But here is what you need to know in order to carry out okrol in the winter and further lactation:
- It is necessary to prepare and warm the cells well: create conditions favorable for mating animals;
- Pre-conduct artificial lighting in the mother liquor to create a longer daylight hours;
- The mother liquor must be prepared and equipped, observing all the rules;
- Provide animals with food and warm water on time.
Observing all these rules, you will be able to get additional income in the winter time from breeding such an economy.
How to prepare a mother liquor
In winter cold time, females in position and small newborns are rabbits need appropriate care. At outdoor temperatures below 25 degrees, the rabbit can produce offspring. In these conditions, babies survive only when the mother liquor is well insulated and properly equipped. Before producing okrol, the rabbit breeder must well insulate the front part, which consists of a net and the net itself.
From frost, the mother liquor will help protect its upset by garden agrofloor or polystyrene. Cracks need to be ideally closed up. This is necessary so that the wind does not fall into the middle of the mother liquor. The mesh floor in the mother liquor needs to be covered with an oranite sheet of the right size or thick cardboard. After that, cover it with bedding. If you prepare the mother liquor located on the street in this way, then the okrol will pass without any incidents.
In winter, the female can bring her offspring, even if the air temperature in the street is 20 degrees below zero. A prerequisite in the winter for normal fencing is proper ventilation and impeccable cleanliness in the mother liquor. If all these conditions are not met, then the female will begin to take poor care of her babies. And this leads to a lag in development and growth, and possibly even to the death of rabbits.
How to feed rabbits in the winter
If you decide to breed rabbits in the winter on the street, then stop on how properly organize feeding and which food to choose for this. In winter, food should have a high calorie content. At this time, animals use maximum energy to heat the body of the animal. Therefore, if they are given poor food, then the animal’s immunity will weaken due to a decrease in body fat. As a result, resistance to low temperatures weakens due to a decrease in energy.
Feeding should be organized so that the diet of rabbits in winter has maximum nutrition. The rate of coarse and concentrated feed needs to be slightly increased compared to the amount in the summer. The most suitable option for the winter feeding of rabbits kept on the street are mash mats, which must be given to them in a warm form.
Winter feeding should be carried out according to a certain regimen. These whimsical animals need to be fed at least six times a day, otherwise they will start to freeze. It should also be ensured that the feed that remains after feeding is not frozen. Residues of feed after each feeding should be removed.
On cold days a diet is recommended add minerals and vitamins. They must be purchased at veterinary pharmacies. A wonderful food will be Jerusalem artichoke, carrots and fodder beets. Potatoes can be cooked. All these products will provide an increase in the mass of the animal. And this will contribute to the comfortable keeping of rabbits on the street in the winter.
How to feed pregnant and lactating females in winter
Increased attention is paid to those females who were chosen for okrolya. To do this, they are prepared in advance. This applies to cleanliness and the organization of animal feeding. Lactating and succulent females, as well as the male producer in winter, they need minerals and vitamin feed. The rabbit breeder will help in this granular feed and compound feed. All necessary components are included in their composition.
Be sure to include boiled potatoes, carrots and germinated oat grains in the diet of expectant mothers. The female needs to be fully provided with concentrated feed for the entire period of gestation and 14 days after the rounding.
Branch feed for rabbits
Domestic rabbits do not neglect branch feed. This should be taken into account for beginning rabbit breeders. Feed the tree branches Ears need. Animals eat this food with great pleasure. Among other things, they grind their teeth and do no harm to the cells. It is important to know that the branches contain trace elements and vitamins in large quantities. By giving them you will bring variety to the diet of animals. Each bark has its own taste and its beneficial properties. You can give branches from almost all types of trees:
- Pine and spruce;
- Branches of poplar and maple;
- Branches of mulberry and grapes;
- Branches of acacia;
- Apple trees.
Aspen and willow bark contains elements with antimicrobial action, which will help get rid of existing animal diseases. Branches can also help a rabbit breeder if there is no hay. Tree branches support the animal’s emotional health. The length and thickness of the branches should be like on a broom for a bath. Do not allow the direct rays of the sun to fall on the branches during drying. The maximum amount of vitamins is found in grape leaves and vines.
How to drink rabbits in winter
Many owners of furry do not think about what their pets need access to fresh water. Dry ration is unacceptable to them for the reason that in the body of the animal, metabolic processes occur only with the help of water.
In winter, it is simply necessary to drink rabbits that are kept on the street. If there is not enough or missing water, then rabbits can drink their own urine, and this will adversely affect their growth. In addition to proper feeding, it is also necessary and proper to drink eared. Due to the fact that the liquid quickly freezes in the winter, the water should be warm. You need to drink animals daily in the morning and evening.
It is possible to replace water with snow, but this can only be done as a last resort: when snow is the only option to quench your thirst. Required condition – the snow should be clean.