How many rabbits should I purchase for a meat pen project?
I recomennd that you purchase a pen of 5or 6. This gives you a better chance to match 3 rabbits. However,
you can still raise a good pen with just 4.
How much should I feed my meat pen?
The rabbits should have fresh feed in front of them at all times. You will have to pour out any feed that swells
over night. They will not eat it very well once it swells. If you feed a conditioning feed, put it in a seperate
dish. Only feed the conditioning feed once a day, morning or evening. I like the plastic cups that attach to the
wire and can then be removed after the conditioning feed is eaten.
Do they all have to be bucks or does in my meat pen?
No. Your pen has to be the same breed and variety but does not have to be the same sex.
Do I have to clean the bottom of their feet before the show?
No. Leave the bottom of their feet alone. However, you must keep the pelt clean. It is much easier
to keep them clean than try to clean the fur after they get stained. If the bottom of their feet is getting dirty then
they will get it on each others pelt. Make sure that they can not get on any type of wood. They will urinate on
it and then step on it.
What do I do if the rabbits have fur missing?
You need to seperate them immediately. One of the rabbits is probably plucking the others. However,
you will also need to check for fur mites. You can do this by blowing into the fur and looking for little grey specs
on the fur. If you do have mites you can Ivomec the rabbits or call the vet. When you seperate them make sure
that ;you put something between the cages like plexi glass, pegboard, or metal. They will lie against the cage and let
the other rabbit pull the fur through the wire.
Diarrhea in Rabbits according to the authors of Rabbit Productions, 8th edition is the most common
between ages 4 weeks to 8 weeks of age. These rabbits will die within 12 to 24 hours. One reason
they quoted, "Perhaps current methods of feeding high grain dites to rabbits on order to get maximum weight gain are partly
responsible for the increased number of cases of enterotoxemia."
The Rabbit Production 8th edition McNitt, Patton Lukefehr, and Cheeke is a great reference book.