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J and R Rabbit Farm Californian Rabbits in Texas

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Cage Requirements:  If possiable use all wire cages and if possiable hang with wire from rafters or etc. Depending on what breed you have will determin what size cage you need.
For Californians, we like 30"DX36"WX18"H for our Bred Does so they have plenty of room for the nest box and then their litters when they come out of the nest box. Some will say you don't need them that big but we like our Californians to have plenty of room. Open Does, and Bucks and growing stock can be put in smaller cages 24"DX24"WX24"H. Hanging cages are the most sanitized method. Use 1/2"X1" galvanized wire mesh bottoms. This allows their droppings to fall through. If they stay on any other type of surface that allows their feces to accumulate, it will cause disease because of the bacteria and possiable parasitic build up. Sides and top can be1"X2" galvanized wire. Use baby saver wire going up all four sides about 6" to prevent kits from falling out of cages. Rabbits will chew through wood and plastic, .Never use treated wood or cedar around rabbitsThe fumes from the cedar will cause respirtory problems and if they chew on treated wood the chemicals used to treat the wood would be fatal to the rabbits. Only use pine shavings if you prefer shavings to hay. We prefer hay!
Put cages where they will be protected from the sun, wind,rain, and extreme hot or cold temperatures. It's very important to have ventilation. The air in the rabbitry must be controlled very closley.
Sanitation The use of Agriculture Lime sprinkled under cages can be beneficial in controlling odor and will also help to dry wet areas.It also wil help to control fly problems because flies are attracted to odor and breed in wet dark areas. Try to minimize the rabbits from breathing the dust from the lime as much as possible and yourself also. Wear a mask if possible for your own protection. Attaching hopper feeders to the cages is also beneficial for your ease of feeding and more sanitary for the rabbit than a crock.Water bottles are also better than crocks for watering but you can also set up a automatic free flowing water system with a small bucket, adapters, pvc pipe, and a float ( like in a toilet tank that refills as emptied) and a rabbit nipple specially designed for automatic water systems. Some feed stores carry these but if not small animal supply stores do.
  

Hot Weather. Tempertures above 90 degrees can cause death. It is vital that rabbits be cool on hot days. Two liter plastic soda bottles frozen full of water can be put in the cage. A piece of ceramic tile can also be put on the cage (just has to be cleaned often). If you know a rabbit is overheated you can mist the ears with a spray bottle of water and bring it in the house into the air conditioning and give it plenty of water until you are sure it is cooled off enough to safely put back out. Sometimes you might have to give it water with a eye dropper or a syringe to make sure it gets re-hydrated. You also can in extreme cases surmerge the rabbit up to its head in cool water until it's body temperture can drop to a safe level and then get the rabbit as dry as you can before returning it to it's cage. 
Cold Weather Cold temperatures are not usually much of a prolblem for rabbits as long as they are protected from drafts and have a constant supply of fresh water. A rabbit and even newborn kits in a well made nest can withstand temperatures to 20 degrees without additional heat. But to be on the safe side until the newborns get their fur a clip-on light with a 40 or 60 watt bulb can be clipped on the outside of the cage shinning down into the nestbox on really cold nights. Just make sure to turn them off in the morning if it is going to warm up that day. You don't want to loose them from over heating them either. Also make sure the electrical cords are not where the rabbits can get to them because they will chew them if they can get to them.

J and R Rabbit Farm
488 County Road 2234 Cleveland, Texas 77327