Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An ounce of prevention...

Every morning and night our rabbits are provided with fresh clean cold water.  Jessica and I go out to the rabbitry multiple times a day to check on everyone when the weather is getting hotter.

This morning Jessica and I went out to check all the rabbits to make sure everyone drank from there water bottles. We looked at every single water bottle to make sure some amount of water is missing from last night when bottles were filled up.

Today it's humid and the temperature is rising. Later in the week it's supposed to be 100 Degrees on Thursday and Friday. While doing our early evening check on all the bunnies Jessica noticed that one of my newly weaned bunnies {8 1/2 week old} did not drink from her water bottle. Jessica tapped on the water bottle to see if any water would come out. Jessica opened the cage door and put her finger where the ball would rotate for the rabbit to be able to lick with her tong to get a drink of water. Jessica comes over to me with the water bottle to tell me that the ball is stuck in the tubing so no water will come out. Thank goodness Jessica was prescient in checking water bottles! Once the water bottle was replaced  the poor little girl drank and drank.

Our rabbits at Fuzzibutt's Rabbitry are very luck in the fact that they see Jessica and myself multiple times a day. We usually feed in the morning before it gets warm out side. One of us will feed and the other one will fill all the water bottles. In the afternoon everyone is given a small handful of hay to munch on. In the evening all bottles are emptied and every rabbit is given fresh water again. At bedtime all the rabbits are given a treat such as a ginger snap, piece of carrot, apple, animal cracker.

The moral of this little story is please check the intake of all your animals daily during the hot weather. If we would of waited to check the rabbits water bottles in the morning {24 hours latter} the little bun would be dehydrated with the heat!

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