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Rabbit Rhythm #008 - breed info, rabbit starvation, bordetella in rabbits
October 01, 2010
Rhythms of October
Today, every gust of wind is stirring up a flurry of yellow and red leaves.
It’s October 1, and that means that the ARBA Convention and Rabbit Show is a little more than a month away.
When you show your rabbits, especially in a prestigous show such as the ARBA Convention and Rabbit Show, you want the judge to run his hand over your rabbit and say things like "Excellent flesh condition, coat has extra sheen and is well-conditioned."
A month before the show is the time to start supplementing your show rabbits daily with a conditioning mix. We offer you one proven ‘recipe’ at our Conditioning Rabbits for Show page.
And if you’re headed to Minnesota for ARBA’s yearly big bang, the time to start conditioning your rabbits is NOW!
New Breed Information Postings on Raising-Rabbits:
We’ve recently listed these breeds:
And maybe there are more breed postings since you last checked. Links to all listings can be found at our Rabbit Breeds page.
Picture of the Month
Leanne, 15, is a lovely and intelligent breeder in the UK. She paired her harlequin doe with a tri-colored medium-sized lop rabbit, and here are her cute-as-a-button bunnies! I understand she already has homes for each of them. Thanks, Leanne, for sharing your pictures with Raising-Rabbits.com!
You can see a picture of these bunnies when they were just 3 days old at https://www.raising-rabbits.com/my-pet-rabbit-gave-birth.html.
Would you like to share your rabbit pictures and stories? You can do so at the bottom of many of our pages. Just submit your story, and include up to 4 pictures. We'd love to hear from you. Contact Us if you have any questions about sharing.
Rabbits in the News240 feral rabbits that had been trapped on the grounds of the University of Victoria (BC) were spayed or neutered, and then relocated to a wildlife refuge not far from Victoria.
Once at the sanctuary, it did not take long before some of the rabbits had dug under the fences and made a beeline for Farmer MacGregor’s hay field. (Okay, the name wasn’t given in the news story...)
The hay field was for horses, and horses break legs when they step in bunny burrows. So, the owner of the hay field whipped out his .22 rifle, and shot dead the 30 or so rabbits that were chewing on his hay.
The reason he took matters in his own hands was because he would have had to wait way too long for a solution to the problem of wascally wabbits. By the time the Refuge would have time to set out traps etc etc, those rabbits would have been well burrowed into the property of the horse owner.
You can read this story in its entirety here.
We can think of quite a few morals to this story:
This Month's Focus: BordetellaDoes your pet rabbit sneeze? Does it seem sort of sick, but have good days too?
There’s a chance that instead of the dreaded Pasteurella, your rabbit might have Bordetella. Bordetella can cause symptoms that are similar to pasteurella. The big difference for pet owners and breeders is that bordetella germs can be eradicated by antibiotics, whereas pasteurella is incurable.
Sadly, the story isn't completely rosy. Learn more at www.raising-rabbits.com/bordetella-in-rabbits.html.
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Have a great October!
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