Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

AFTER the Fun

     Well, as with everyday on the farm there is work to be done, even on holidays!! For us, as with most farmers it is a labor of love, a lifestyle choice that we made and we are happy to live. A decision which some folks just don't get. After our relaxing day at the Peoria Area Rabbit Breeders Association show last month we figured since there were so many rabbits out of their holes, we might as well deep clean the rabbitry! I am always popular (not) with the family when I shift into rabbitry cleaning mode!!!

     We rearranged for the new additions because after a bad experience a while back we now quarantine all incoming rabbits. Then we burned and scrubbed all occupied holes. For cage burning, I use a propane powered weed burner to burn any fleece that sticks to the cage. I simply slowly wave the burner over the entire cage, pan supports, and legs. I go extra slow over favorite spots of the bunnies, because it seems every bunny has a favorite for certain things. The burning sterilizes the cages and keeps the bunnies who have hanging resting shelves in their holes from building up fleece on the support wires.  I let the cages cool then reinstall feeders, waters, and resting boards all of which have been soaked for at least 5 minutes in bleach water (10:1), rinsed, then soaked in fresh clear well water for at least 10 minutes, then dried.  Finally rabbits are returned to their clean homes. The result a nice clean tidy healthy, and a much better organized rabbitry.

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