Raising a Healthy Rabbit: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-259 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-259)

Raising a Healthy Rabbit: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-259 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-259)

Nancy Searle

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 1580173241

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Raise your rabbit the right way!
Friendly and easy to care for, rabbits make ideal family pets. But how do you keep a pet rabbit happy and healthy? How can you tell if your rabbit is sick? What would you do if it were?
Raising a Healthy Rabbit explains all the essentials of caring for a rabbit, including choosing a rabbit for adoption, the proper way to pick up and carry a rabbit, and setting up the best housing. It also includes vital information on supplying proper nutrition (including when, what, and how much to feed your pet); performing daily, weekly, and monthly health care checks; recognizing and treating common health problems; and stocking a rabbit first-aid kit.

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Raising a Healthy Rabbit Excerpted from Your Rabbit, by Nancy Searle CONTENTS Why Rabbits? Choosing the Right Rabbit Getting Acquainted The H.E.L.P. Technique The Best Housing Daily Observations Proper Nutrition for Healthy Rabbits Responsible Rabbitry Management Common Health Problems Stocking a First-Aid Kit Why Rabbits? Raising rabbits is gaining in popularity for many reasons. For example, rabbits can be raised in any type of environment, whether it be country,

size of its hutch. Young rabbits and bucks may do fine with slightly less space, but does that will be having litters (baby bunnies) will need the whole amount. Rabbit Housing Checklist Good rabbit housing must: Provide adequate space Protect your rabbits from the weather Protect your rabbits from other animals Be easy to clean After you have figured the width and length of the cage, you must decide how high it should be. Most cages are 18 inches (45 cm) high, although small breeds, like

is important to locate the cage in the shade, and ensure that the cage has lots of air circulation around it. Also provide plenty of cool, fresh water. In extreme heat, use empty plastic soda bottles to make rabbit coolers. Fill the bottles two-thirds to three-quarters full with water and keep them in your freezer. In periods of extreme heat, lay a frozen bottle in each cage. The rabbits will beat the heat when they stretch out alongside their rabbit cooler. Protection from Other Animals

is important to locate the cage in the shade, and ensure that the cage has lots of air circulation around it. Also provide plenty of cool, fresh water. In extreme heat, use empty plastic soda bottles to make rabbit coolers. Fill the bottles two-thirds to three-quarters full with water and keep them in your freezer. In periods of extreme heat, lay a frozen bottle in each cage. The rabbits will beat the heat when they stretch out alongside their rabbit cooler. Protection from Other Animals

trimmed toenails decrease the chances of your rabbit being injured. Long toenails can get caught in the cage wire and cause broken toes and missing toenails. The time spent trimming toenails will also benefit you; you will be less likely to be scratched when you handle your rabbit. Trimming toenails is usually a two-person job. With someone holding the rabbit on its back, use one hand to push back the fur so that you can see the nail and the other hand to do the trimming. Trim just the tip of

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