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They eat carrots, apples, and clover. Older rabbits can eat lettuce.

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They will also eat parsnips, potato peelings, sweet potatoes, beets, and turnips. Rabbits need fresh water daily.

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You can provide them with a bowl of water, but rabbits are likely to spill it and cause mold issue. Watering bottles tend to work the best for rabbits. It provides fresh water without spills. Make sure that your rabbits have a constant supply of water. Rabbits need a lot of water to stay healthy. This may mean that you need to supply multiple water bottles and change them as often as hourly.

The greatest health problem that your rabbit is likely to get is ear mites. Ear mites will cause a red, inflamed ear with lots of scabs. Rabbits often get ear mites from their bedding, unclean conditions, or other rabbits. There are several ways to treat ear mites. Change the bedding as ear mites can nest in the beddings.

Avoid straw as straw can contain mites. Another treatment involves mixing a few drops of olive oil and tea-tree oil onto your rabbits ears. Rabbits will urinate and poop while they eat.

They will also mess in their bedding or in unused nesting boxes. You can encourage them pooping into liters by placing the litter box next to their food source. Change rabbit bedding and keep their cages clean. Hay is popular bedding for rabbits. You can also use wood chips, paper, or straw works.

Their cages should be cleaned and bedding changed at least once a week.

If your rabbits live in hanging cages that allow the waste to fall to the ground beneath, then clean any dry or crusted waste sticking to the cages weekly. Clean out the manure below and use on the garden or sell it. Does are far more territorial than bucks. When you breed your rabbits, bring your does to the buck cage. This will keep the rabbits from fighting.

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An angry doe can even castrate a buck when he invades her space. Bringing her to him allows him to get down to business. It often happens within seconds. Breeding is quick. You will notice the buck mount the doe and then fall off of her. He will usually try to mount her again within minutes.

Let them breed times before separating them again. Return the doe to her cage. Keep good records on your rabbits. Keep records of the dates of breeding. Rabbits will have a litter days after breeding occurs. Keeping good records will help you to provide for the needs of the upcoming littler. Track which does and which bucks are bred. This makes it possible for you to better replicate good healthy litters and to breed specific traits or looks in your rabbits. On day 27 after breeding, provide a clean nesting box and hay for the new mother. She will start to pull out her fur on her underbelly and building a nest.

If you provide a nesting box earlier than day 27, she will urinate and poop in it. A rabbit can have her litter as early as 28 days after breeding. They usually take 30 days to have the litter. The nesting box needs to allow her to hide with her babies from view. They like to feed them discreetly twice a day. You will start seeing kits coming out of the nesting box at about 2 weeks.

They start eating rabbit food and may wean as early as 4 weeks. After about 6 weeks, your kits will be weaned. If you need to wean the babies, pull one or two away every few days. Pull bunnies into a grow out cage by 8 weeks. This is especially important if you breed your mamma rabbit every 4 weeks.

Make sure that the old litter is in a grow out cage a week before the mamma is ready to give birth again. This will help your doe to take better care of the new littler. Does that are nursing or caring for an older litter are more likely to neglect the newest and smallest babies. They will tend to have smaller litters and more deaths.

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Generally speaking, wait at least 4 weeks before breeding your rabbits again. Some rabbit breeders wait as long as 6 or 7 weeks between breedings. Waiting 4 weeks allows your mamma rabbit to wean her babies at least 2 weeks before her new litter is due. Waiting 6 weeks allows her to have weaned babies before getting pregnant.

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Both time frames are acceptable practices and considered kinder to the momma. Baby rabbits can be sold as soon as they are weaned. That means that you can start selling babies for pets as early as 5 or 6 weeks.

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Separate the babies from the mother rabbit at least 3 or 4 days prior to selling them to watch for any problems. Make sure all the babies are eating and are in good health. They are ready for a new home. Sex them and sell accordingly. This is when their meat is tender and can be used as a substitute in any type of chicken recipe. Young butchered rabbits are called fryers. They will weight between 1. Older rabbits can also be butchered, but their meat is tougher. Rabbits butchered at 7 or 8 months old are called fryers. They can usually only be used in stews or roasted. When moving rabbits to a colony, be sure to have a burrow, hutch or house for each rabbit.