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How to Build a Cage Rack
By Good Hair Daze rabbitry from Hitchcock, Oklahoma
Very clever cage rack and the photos of the family
members building it are so cute.
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Fresh is your feed?
The general school of thought among breeders is that feed is only fresh for Approx. 3 months.
You can easily check the label on your feed bag to determine when it was made.
Feed-mills use a type of coding called a Julian Date Code.
It looks like this A9123 which would mean the feed was bagged on May 3,
A - is the feed-mill code where the food was made.
9 - the Year
123 - (The year starts on Jan 1st, 2009) therefore 123 means it was made on the
123th day of 2009. that works out to May 3rd 2009.
Here is a calendar
that helps figure the day for you:
If feed is more than 3 months old it doesn't mean you can't feed it
to your animals, it just means that it's optimum nutrition is in that 3
month time frame. I dispose of any feed that is over 5 months old. Other
breeders dispose of feed sooner than that. As feed ages it will start to
lose vitamins, flavor and may become crumbly as the binding agent in
the pellets dry out. Calories, minerals and fiber stay the same.
However if the rabbit finds the feed stale tasting, it will not want to
Old feed will be yellow or oatmeal in color, and you'll find fillings (dust and
bits of food) on the bottom of your rabbit's food dish. As the feed dries out it
becomes crumbly and the rabbits will pick over it, leaving a lot behind. So it's
important read the date on the bag before you bring it
I live in Canada but buy my rabbit feed in the USA. I open a bag of feed and
check it for color and smell before I leave the feed-mill now. About a year ago
I got all the way across the boarder and home only to find three bags of my
freshly bagged Purina rabbit feed smelled a bit moldy. Most likely they'd used
alfalfa with too high a moisture content. I had to throw three bags out. Luckily
they had sold me 7 out of 10 bags that were from an earlier batch of feed.
In the Summer I also check the labels to
make sure the feed isn't a bit too fresh. Usually around Late June and
July is the start of haying season here in Ontario. Hay needs to Cure.
We used to let it sit for 3-4 months in the hay loft before feeding it
to our horses. Even after it's baled it will continue to dry out and
lose moisture. We would feed the last years crop while allowing the new
hay to dry out. This was to avoid colic in horses.
I've noticed that Feed-mills will often use very fresh hay in their
pellets. When I buy a bag of pellets that's been bagged in June-Early
August. I try to avoid feeding it until the bag is 3 weeks to a month
old. I do this just to be on the safe side to avoid hay that is a bit
too fresh. The pellets are small so hay in it would cure faster than 3-4
months I leave bales to cure. The rest of the year I don't worry about how soon the
feed was bagged because the hay they use should have been cut back it June
Most importantly feed should always smell
It should be free of clumps which might indicate the feed has gotten wet
and may have mold. It should never smell musty or moldy. Mold is Toxic
to rabbits even in small amounts.
If you suspect the feed smells or looks off you should return it to the
If I find even a tiny amount of wet or moldy feed I
do not pick out the bits and attempt to feed the "good parts".
My rabbits would be better off being fed just hay for one night until I could go
back the the feed-mill to replace the bag.
Every year the rabbit groups become full of
breeders upset about their rabbits becoming ill from feed. But if you
follow some simple common sense rules, you can avoid feed being one of
the many possible causes of illness in you rabbitry.
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New on-line Bunny Store
website Binky Bunny
How cute is this? Binky Bunny Store $19.99
Maze HavenTM BinkyBunny
All the side are the same so
you can buy replacement sides if the bunny chews them. The replacement
sides are only $2.00
4H Rabbit Pattern
4H Rabbit Pattern
This is a great Idea, the cloth rabbit has interchangeable parts such a
tails and gender, etc.
Helps create a useful model for identifying parts, checking for
disqualifications, practicing handling, trimming nails, showing and
Or free copy of Rabbit Pattern
offers books to encourage children
Youth will discover how to identify breeds, tattoo, handle, judge and show rabbits, identify rabbit
parts, dentify diseases, administer medication and equipment, recognize a healthy rabbit, read a pedigree and kindle a litter.
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Celebrating Rabbits is a great website to send new pet owners.
I have a lot of articles on my own website for both Breeders and Pet
Owners but this site is design for pet owners and is set up in a very
user friendly way.
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Alice in Wonderland Shrink
Carrot Cupcakes carrots are made from Orange Starburst Candies and Green
Baking some of these would be a great Idea for fund raising at a rabbit
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