Conditioning Rabbits for Show: Your show rabbits have a chance of winning with top body and fur condition. Here’s how to condition show rabbits including wool and Rex.
A poorly conditioned rabbit will always place lower in the class than a well-conditioned one. This is because condition is a part of the standard of perfection against which each breed is judged.
Between 5 to 10 points out of 100, depending on breed, are allocated to condition. If your rabbit is out of flesh condition, you can be sure that its fur is affected as well.
We're about to share with you an excellent rabbit conditioning formula used by Mr. Dennis Roloff, a formidable competitor in Rex Rabbit circles.
He kindly shared it with Raising-Rabbits.com. (We did tell him we planned to tell the world about it.)
Mr. Roloff manages to win a lot! But a 'magic' formula is not all you need to win big. Mr. Roloff's formula works for him, first because his rabbits are well conditioned, but second, because he ensures that all the other factors are present as well....
Are the following factors true of your show rabbits?
Your rabbits are show-quality.
The rabbits compare favorably to their Standards of Perfection. Plus, as conditioning and mothering capabilities are somewhat heritable, you can breed and select for these less tangible traits that will make your rabbits winners, just as you breed for correct type.
Your rabbits are healthy.
Your rabbits are clean.
Your rabbits are well-nourished but not
The well-conditioned rabbit is neither too thin nor too fat or flabby. It has firm muscle tone and flesh. Enhance conditioning on a daily basis by:
Rabbit Condition Enhancers: BOSS, Whole Oats
Your rabbits are housed in a clean and well-ventilated environment.
Developing and maintaining the rabbit's flesh condition is within the breeder’s reach.
If you give the rabbit what its body requires nutritionally, assuming that it’s healthy and genetically sound, its body will naturally condition itself.
(Below: Two very nice broken french lops are being judged against each other.)
Effective Formula for Conditioning Rabbits for Show
Mix together with 1/3 cup wheat germ oil.
Store leftovers in the freezer.
Triple the Recipe:
If you like, you can triple the recipe by mixing 3 cups of each of the 4 ingredients. Then mix it all together with 1/2 cup of wheat germ oil. If not too wet, add another 1/2 cup of wheat germ oil. (Don’t get wheat germ that is cut with other oils - you’ll get best results when using genuine 100% wheat germ oil.)
Give a tablespoon per rabbit per day; keep the extra conditioning formula in the freezer, or don’t make too much at once.
You need not be continually conditioning rabbits for show. Once the show's over, leave the conditioning Formula in the freezer and put the rabbits back on their regular rations.
If you don't they'll get fat, and out of condition.
This page offers valuable guidance on keeping your rabbit in peak health, even if you don’t show your rabbits and aren’t conditioning your rabbits for show.
Rabbits for Show Part II
Troubleshooting problems with conditioning rabbits for show.
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