Many people are surprised when they learn what goes into caring for a rabbit. Here at LIttle Hill farms we love our bunnies and we want them to have long happy lives with you. So please take a few minutes to learn
about some of the basics of proper rabbit care.
Being highly social and very active you're new rabbit will need and adequate living space with a solid bottom, you can use a dog kennel, buy/DIY a hutch for your new bun. Give them a hiding place if they are inside as well as something to chew on the help wear down their teeth.
Rabbits should have access to hay and clean water at all times. In addition they should get ½ pound of
Fresh greens per 3 lbs. of the rabbit every other day. Use this link to figure out which veggies are best http://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/. Round out the diet with good quality pellets 1 OZ per every one pound of rabbit and some treats.
Spaying and neutering is not only necessary to control the bunny population, it is a good idea to spay or neuter them because they live longer if they are spayed or neutered. They also are more likely to destroy things if they aren't spayed or neutered.
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Lead your goat to the milking stand and lock them in place. Put the hobble on the goat's feet so they don’t knock over the pail because they will! Place the pail under your doe's udder. Some people like to shave around their goats udder but it's not necessary and I don’t do it.
Milking a goat
Place your pointer finger and your thumb around a single teat. Try to grab as high up on the udder as you can. Squeeze your thumb to your pointer finger while bringing the rest of your fingers around the teat and squeezing. Don’t pull down on the udder or the teat this can hurt your doe. Release the lower three fingers and loosen the grip on the others. Now repeat until milk is no longer coming out. Then give the udder a light punch as if you were a kid and are trying to get more milk from your mom. Now try again if you’ve done it right the udder should look deflated.
love my goats they are great companion for both me and our other animals. They all have great personalities, I love goats because they aren’t hard to take care of.
Goats need 3 main things
Clean water and food
No duh right every living thing needs both. Clean water in a bucket works great but goats will poop in there water so I clean it every morning and every night. With the food it gets more complicated than you might think goats not only need hay and grain but they also need mineral and baking soda. With the mineral and soda just put them in a divided dish that is off the ground
They will only eat it if they need it. With the hay I give mine about 1 and a half flakes of hay per goat at each feeding. Then I give 1 pound of food for every goat. Now you can got to any goat website or blog or whatever and they will give you a different way to feed your goat. Everyone has their own way of feeding their goats but if you just listen to this one thing I will be happy. Mineral lots of people say you don’t really need it but I know from experience that mineral and soda can save a goat's life. Soda can help prevent bloat and help save a goat with bloat. Mineral has lots of different minerals depending on where you live but those minerals are very important to your goats health, they help prevent goat illnesses and can lengthen a goat's life.
Now this can be a shed made from a few pallets tied together or a barn built for 100 goat’s. It all depends on what you need. Like I have 2 does and i anticipate that I have 6 babies a year that way I always have plenty of room for them all the babies. A goat needs about 20 square feet each of indoor space (kids need less than the adults) and 150 square feet for each goat. So I have 595 square feet and 125 square feet of indoor space, so 720 square feet total
Toys and friend to play with
Goats are herd animals they need a companion the more the better. If you make them toy that keep them interested they are more likely to stay in the enclosure. Toys can be as simple as a knot of cardboard they can eat while they play or something you buy specifically for a goat. One thing I find helps a ton is a post with some old brushes screwed onto it. This makes a great scratching post and can be entertaining for the goat. Another fun thing for goats is some old spools placed near each other for the goats to crawl on for this I actually use two large tractor tires one flat on the ground and the other leaned against the first
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