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rabbit and hot ozarks summers

 
david hanks
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I am considering moving to Harrison ar area and would like to grow rabbits again , I am concerned with how we keep the rabbit comfortable in the summer with all the heat , I currently live in pacific northwest where in not that hot and hummid
 
Bob Blackmer
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Shade, Air circulation, and breeding/culling for heat tolerance(light color,large slightly lopped ears). For a smaller rabbit herd you could provide frozen water bottles in the cages on hot days. We have also used irrigation misters under the cages to create a cooler micro climate around the cages. These misters pointed down and watered the vermi-composting beds under the rabbits. We grew comfortable rabbits and lots of worms.
 
david hanks
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thanks .im checking available work in the area now,the realestate in area looks good
 
Landon Sunrich
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I've never raised rabbits so I'd be curious to here the opinion of someone who has.

Would you think that a big trampoline with chicken wire run around the perimeter would make a good hot weather rabbit tractor providing them with both shade and predator protection?


 
Casey Christopher
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Re: trampoline as tractor -

I'm not sure simple chicken wire around the perimeter would keep either predators out or your bunnies in. My dogs have knocked the screen door right off the tracks, so I know they could misshape some chicken wire in a hurry. And rabbits being diggers by nature...
Almost all designs for rabbit tractors I've seen include a sturdy floor of wire, which gives better security and strength to the structure. Hope that helps!
 
Brandy West
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I live in MS and have been researching rabbit breeding. I just read about a possible solution to summer infertility. (due to their heat intolerance) I haven't looked into the cost yet. The details are in the attachment if you are interested.
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Bryant RedHawk
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the system that Brandy linked to is, IMO, the perfect solution. This method is being used in many countries where the weather is just to hot for good rabbit breeding, it works very well.
 
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