With the freeze coming through Sonora I have been having to hand water the rabbits every day. As you know I have an insulated automatic watering system with heat strips running the length of the hoses. The heat strips work great until the water leaves the hose from the nozzle that the rabbit drinks from. The water then freezes the nozzle so that no water can escape the hose. Great!
Many of you know already but I am putting it on the blog now, as an update and a warning to other rabbit breeders following this blog; wool mites will destroy your rabbit's coat. I found this out much too late to save my rabbits for this year, but I will tell you the symptoms so you will be able to recognize them before it is too late. I'll have more on treatment at the end of this post.
If the wool behind your rabbit's ears begins to fall out this is the first sign of wool mites. At this point you may still be able to save the coat. Check the skin to see if it is dry and flaky. If it is you definitely have mites. I had so little experience my first year that I didn't recognize the signs before it was too late. I would groom my rabbits with a blower and brush every night and the next morning it would be a webbed mess! This means you have wool mites.
I called my veterinarian and he instructed me to give each rabbit a dose of Ivomec .018cc per pound every month. On the rabbits with an acute case give it to them two weeks later.
I hope this can help.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, leave a comment on this post, or email me at email@example.com.
Like us on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/sonorasangoras.
If you are interested in an English Angora bunny for your own, or
English Angora rabbit fiber, or one of my projects, go to our website,
I know that it has been a long time since my last post but when school started up I became busy, busy. I thank you all for faithfully following this blog.
For those of you curious as to what became of those cute babies, they became full blow rabbits.
This is Surprise a bouncy little bunny with plenty of energy. Unfortunately Surprise's sibling decided to make a mess of my little rabbit's wool so I made the decision to sell Surprise as a pet.
This is Stinkpot... He likes to get into mischief. He is the most fun rabbit I have had yet, loving to blinky around his hutch every time I come out to groom. Like Surprise his wool didn't come in quite right for show but he will make a great pet.
Finally for my show girl, Bobbi.
She is a very beautiful rabbit with thick, dense, soft, chocolate colored wool.
I will show her this year, and depending on placement use her as a breeder.
She has the most wonderful temperment never getting dirty and standing for handling whenever I need.
Got a lot done. The rabbit show has a game plan now, the only thing we need now is an estimate on how many showers we will have, (that is show-ers as in those who show). Just get the word to one of us who are involved in the rabbit show or the county extension office.
If you are interested in an English Angora bunny for your own, or English Angora rabbit fiber, go to our website by clicking the link at the top of the page.
I checked this morning before church at about 9:30, and saw no babies... I got home at 12:00, and saw that there was a lot of wool in Eve's nest box that wasn't there before I left. When I went to investigate, this is what I found under all that wool.
Four bouncing crying little kits. you can already tell that one of the kits is going to be darkly colored.