Raising Rabbits

I got some young rabbits about 8 weeks ago. I have them in an outdoor cage. They keep dying on me and I can't understand why. They have clean fresh water two to three times a day, I have pallets in there for them all the time and I have being give them timothy hay. Can someone please help me I don't want any more to die? What am I doing wrong for them to die on me?

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June 2, 20150 found this helpful

We have successfully raised rabbits for over many years now, but I am not a vet.

There may be several reasons for your problem. Firstly, they may have been sickly when you got them.

Second, where is their "cage" located? Is it covered? Is it shaded? Rabbits can die very quickly if left in the sun on a warm day. Is it protected from strong prevailing winds? Is it on the ground or up on legs?

A rabbit hutch should be off the ground, and fenced off so that predators cannot come near it. We've had rabbits that were actually "scared to death" when a neighbors big dog got too close.

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Rabbits need fresh water every day, and twice a day in the hot part of the summer. Also, what kind of pellets are you feeding? You might consider changing brands.

The hay also may be suspect, as now you have to be VERY careful to get hay that has not been sprayed with, or received the overspray of pesticides. Also, never feed rabbits yard grass or weeds that have ever been sprayed with any sort of chemicals. Their little bodies are very sensitive.

Lastly, many people don't realize this, but domestic rabbits really don't need lettuce, and it's not good for them. If you feed them fruit peels they should be organic.

A vet is a good idea,...and if you decide to take them to one, while you have them out clean their "cage" thoroughly with white vinegar and a good rinse. Make sure they have a clean hardwood board to rest on, roughly twice the size of the rabbit.

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These are all the ideas I have - hope something helps.

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June 3, 20150 found this helpful

Timothy hay would not be an adequate diet for them. Find a feed store and get rabbit chow.

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July 16, 20150 found this helpful

There are three basic things for a happy and healthy rabbit ,
1. The climate : they can tolerate cool climate a bit ,but can heat so try to use some straw mats to cover the cage and spay some water regularly on the mats so that climate will be cool cover two adjusent sides and leave the other two free so that they they can get some ventilation
2. Food: rabbits will not have any hard work to do as they don't even make sounds regularly,so low calary food is good for them,and while grooming them self's they will swallow so much of hair so they need to intake maximum fiberrich food like grass ,hay, etc don't give them too much of fruit ,and veggies should be fresh as wild rabbits can adjust but our buddies can't

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3. This is important ; our love they are social animal you can know it from their behavior in free times them will groom others and kissing them whispering with others ,so you have to spend some time with them nourishing them talking with them they may not understand our language but defiantly they can understand that ,my buddy is telling me some thing he always used to share something with me,he loves me so much ,that is enough ,happy life will be a healthy life for sure,
4. Don't let strange animals to come nearby as rabbits have a sensitive heart they can die if they see a predator close to they as they are in a cage,if they free like wild rabbits they can run away ,so don't let some ugly creature to visit our buddy I don't have a photo of my rabbit as they never gave me a chance to take a pic they will try to play every time when I am home
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I hope it will help you,see ya

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