Angoras may have a slightly higher protein need than other rabbits due to their wool production but I have heard others say that is not true. Regardless, if a rabbit is losing condition I would give it some Black SS and mana pro. If he is a new addition he might be grumpy for awhile. I have had rabbits take up to a month before they adjusted completely. Also, what was he getting fed before by the breeder? Rabbits digestive systems are easily disrupted and usually (at least in the angora rabbit world) breeders will supply you with a small bag of the pellets the rabbit is used to so you can switch them over to your feed slowly. Perhaps his stomach got upset by a sudden change in diet?
Hope this helps. Good luck with your guy. I find the bucks can be a little moody when they are young, hopefully he will come around!
I hope your rabbit is coping with this heat we are having this week.
Last year we got two 8 week old rabbits (doe and buck) with the intention of breeding them for meat, they were getting very close to being of breeding age and we had the heat wave just before Christmas, and sadly we lost them both on one of the days which was about 44 degrees (C).
We want to try again, but are planning on waiting until summer is over and investigating cooling systems inf we do have heat waves again (things like misters) before we get more rabbits.
We were feeding ours the Jack rabbit pellets (I think from Lauke) which they loved, as well as oaten hay, and I would pick various weeds for them, and throw it in their cage...they love thistles if you have those. I had read that too much lettuce is not good for them, and can cause diarrhea.
Where are you in Adelaide? I am in the very north of Adelaide, out Gawler way.
But when you are looking at temperatures multiple days of around 45C (113F) which came on suddenly (only weeks before this we were in ugg boots and track pants) and you have to leave them during the day to go to work its just got a bit too much for them, hence why we are going to wait until summer is over to try again.
Bill Ramsey wrote:Looking at the weather channel tells me 109°F on Friday so, yeah... mine practically quit eating when it gets like that here (south western Georgia). They just get so lethargic. The black oil sunflower seeds are like candy but I try to not over-do it. I always hear too much gives them the squirts but a few helps with lots of issues like litter size. Just off hand, I don't remember it ever being too rich for them.
Yes, temps like that would literally kill my angoras. They certainly wouldn't be eating either. I am in new york so its fairly cold right now, 109 degree weather didn't even cross my mind! Ouch. Hang in there rabbits!
Vanessa, I did think I might lose him a couple of times over the last week! I've got a white cloth draped over a half of the hutch and every few hours I would go out and hose it down, and hose him down too if he was looking particularly droopy. He absolutely hated it, but I do think that it kept him alive. I tried the ice block thing, but he really took offense to it and kept attacking it and pushing it away from him. I am lucky enough (!!??) to be unemployed at the moment so I was able to go out every few hours and check on him. If I wasn't able to, then yeah, I think misters or a small sprinkler on the hutch all day would do the trick. Maybe something like those small sprinklers you have on an irrigation system. Not too much water would be wasted then. I have heard that too much lettuce can give them the runs, I've been keeping an eye on it, but I've had no problems with that so far. My biggest concern is that he was filling up on lettuce which is basically crunchy water, and not getting any nutrients or energy. I've dropped the lettuce ration down now, and added more herbs, not that he does more than taste them, which I think encourages him to eat more grass the the pellets. I'm at Semaphore, so we get some light sea breezes to cool things down.