Diary of a New Rabbit Breeder
Lynn Wheat and Spunky Bunnies are located in East Texas,
where it's hot and beautiful. Lynn's children,
Haley and David, got the family started with rabbits
as 4-H projects, and now they both want to breed
5/25/01 Gearing Up for the
It doesn't seem like
it has been all that long ago that we were trying
to keep the new babies from freezing. Well, in Texas
there are only two seasons, December and summer,
so now we're looking at heat again.
I put an awning up around
the perimeter of the porch, which is where we keep
our rabbits. This has really cut down on the sun
and the heat. We have a breeze that comes through
often, and most times it is pretty bearable out there.
However, it's only May, which means August is not
far off. I have already begun to freeze 2-liter Coke
bottles three-quarters full of water and will be
using them later.
Beginning next week,
I will put an oscillating fan on the porch and have
it blow across the top of the cages. Hopefully, that
will be enough for June. When July rolls around,
I will begin putting the frozen bottles in the cages
with the rabbits. I have enough frozen so that I
can put a new one in when the first one thaws out.
There was a recent discussion on the Rabbit Web Discussion
Board about putting wet towels in the cages.
I learned that this was not a great idea because
the towel soaks the rabbit deeper than the bottles
do and a wet rabbit can be susceptible to flystrike.
Anybody wanting more information on that can look
up the "wet towel" discussion in the archives of
the message board.
I did learn something
else from a friend that I may try. Sometimes flooring
centers have ceramic tiles that are discounted because
they're mismatched or they're clearance-priced for
other reasons. These can also be frozen, and the
rabbits can lay on top of those. I will call around
later and see if I can find some ceramic tiles at
good prices. I'll freeze these and use them in the
late evening during the hot months.
The most important thing
to remember is that the rabbits can't take a lot
of heat. Remember, our bunnies are already wearing
a fur coat. I know some breeders lost quite a few
rabbits last year to the Texas heat. I don't want
to join those ranks if I can prevent it.
Read more of Lynn's diary.