Best Practices to Employ when Feeding Your Rabbits for Maximum Profits
When feeding your rabbits just like humans, rabbits deserved healthy food, and a well-balanced diet to keep them healthy and productive.
Rabbits enjoy a good meal, you can feel and see it in them it makes them excited and happy. And I believe the goal of every prospective rabbit farmer is to see that his rabbits are full of life, healthy, and are doing very well.
Here are some variety of feeds you can give to your rabbits to keep them healthy all year round and to help you succeed in your rabbit farming enterprise:
Feeding your Rabbits with Pellets
Rabbits do well when you served them with a very good pellet from a reputable feed mill that contains all the necessary ingredients and nutrients.
Feeding them just corn, wheat offal, or maize bran and soybeans might not augur well for their health and survival.
It may not contain the necessary nutrients or vitamins that are all embedded in pellets.
Before using soybeans in your home-mixed feed, it should be properly roasted. Soybeans contain an enzyme called trypsin which is a growth inhibitor.
It interferes with protein digestion and is not suitable for rabbits and other farm animals.
Because this home-mixed feed should be discouraged using a good pelletized feed should be a better option.
Rabbits get excited when you served them with pellets they prefer to mash. Nursing mothers should be provided with some handfuls of pellets every day with at least 18% protein content.
While fryers and growing rabbits will do well with at least 15% protein contents of pellets.
Care should be taken when serving or feeding buck or does pellets to avoid obesity.
These can result in some serious fertility and health issues. Just served them with the quantity they need to thrive well.
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Feeding your Rabbit with Hay
Clean, dry and mold-free hay should be readily available to rabbits as much as possible.
- Hay contains fiber needed to aid good digestion
- It also helps in shaping the teeth and in wearing it down( as their teeth grow continuously)
- Hay helps in maintaining good dental health for rabbits.
When choosing hay, make sure it looks very green and dry, the greener the better. Especially when it is that of cowpea and groundnut leaves hay.
It should be mold-free, not wet or damp but smells nice, and looks fresh and palatable.
Preferable depending on the region or part of the world you live in. You can provide them with pellets in the morning hours between 6:30 am 8:30 am.
Feed them with hay or other vegetables to supplement their feeding in the evenings at 6:00 pm downwards.
Over the years my rabbits have enjoyed good health and made serious progress using this feeding pattern.
Feeding your rabbit with Leafy Vegetables and Grass
Rabbits love clean green leafy vegetables at all times. Make sure that it is clean and dry free from sand or dirt.
From experience, rabbits eat virtually most green leaves, grass, and vegetables once you introduce the leaves to them gradually.
Just be observant when feeding your rabbits once they don’t enjoy eating it, withdraw it immediately if you insist it may cause harm to them.
Once you notice their wastes are soft and watery withdraw the new leaf or grass you just introduce.
Depending on the region or climate you live in, for instance in most West Africa particularly Nigeria we have two major seasons Dry and Wet season.
During the rainy season, we have abundant grass and green leaves everywhere. While during the dry season it is difficult to find them.
In such a situation, you can use hay from cowpea and groundnut that are dried and stored for use during the dry season.
They feed on leaves that are also readily available during the dry season leafs such as Mango leaves, Banana leaves, and Carrots leaves, etc.
Rabbits feed on the above-mentioned leaves, but you have to introduce the leaves to them gradually if they are not used to it.
And if they don’t like it withdraw it immediately to avoid any health issues.
Feeding your Rabbits with Treats
Once in a while provide them with treats such as carrots, mango, banana, etc. in small quantities so as not to cause any health complications.
Once you notice any abnormality in their feces, and they are not excited when eating. It is advisable to stop giving them such leaves immediately and try another one.
Rabbits love varieties, you have to keep trying until you discover what they love best and does not cause any health issues to them. But great care must be taken when given them treats.
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Providing Water for your rabbits
Always provide fresh, clean drinking water to your rabbits at all times to avoid dehydration especially in hot weather.
Depending on the container you used in providing them with the water, such as heavy ceramic or metal container or drip-feed bottle.
It should always be free from dirt, algae, or mold-forming substance.
Always wash and rinse the container each time you are about to provide them with water. Once in a while provide them with multi-vitamins in water to reduce stress and help them eat in a relaxed atmosphere.
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In all these points mention above, passion is the key to help you succeed. If you love your rabbits, and you enjoy what you are doing. You will never be stress out, rather you will reduce stress to the barest minimum.
Always provide a conducive atmosphere for your rabbits to thrive well. Shades should be provided to protect them from direct contact with sunlight and to reduce heat.
Nursing, pregnant and ill rabbits have special and different needs.
So always seek the advice of a veterinary doctor or professional on rabbit’s diets. to keep them healthy.
Protect them from adverse weather conditions, protects them from rain and other predators.
Predators within and around the farm area such as dogs, snakes, and intruders may cause harm and discomfort to them.
Always exercise caution when feeding your rabbits. If you are not sure of their proper diets always seek professional advice from experienced farmers. To avoid a costly mistake that may lead to serious health issues and loss.