Thank you so very much for your kind words! I am pleased and gratified! The shelves are expensive but I hope their strength and the ease of cleaning will make them worth it.I never imagined how good these were gonna turn out. You did a great job. It's definitely an idea others could replicate.
I've got a few rabbits that like to dig out their pellets. I've never used the big feeders. They look easier than feeding everyone daily. I also had troubles with the hay racks. My bunnies would pull them off a lot, plus one ended up with it caught in its hair. Mine are half lionhead.
Did the breeder use the water bottles? Mine will only drink out of crocks. I apparently have spoiled rabbits.
I think senior experienced doe is better than an untried one. So you got a good selection in my opinion.
You will need to give them wood to chew on. Either fresh branches, or blocks of wood. Otherwise they will slowly chew your wood to wear their teeth down.
@21hens-incharge come look at this wonderful idea.
I plan to make the hay mangers out of cage wire, filing off any sharp pieces - and hanging them on the outside of the cages so the hay can be pulled inside the cage through the wire. Does this sound like a good idea?
Yes, the breeder says he uses small crock dishes as well as water bottles - he has to use the dishes at shows, because he does show his rabbits, so the rabbits are used to both. The feeders I've ordered clasp onto the cage and have a grate at the bottom so 'dust' and debris can fall through.
I have a rack in my bathroom to hold magazines..and it looks exactly like the hay mangers Amazon sells. I think I can replicate that myself.
As for trimming teeth...I do know they have to chew and that the teeth never stop growing. We watch a lot of TV veterinarian shows! A friend told me there is a long-abandoned cherry tree orchard on the outskirts of town, I hope to get non-sprayed, natural fruit tree branches for them. As for tooth trimming...is this something we can learn to do, or do they have to go to a vet for that? Also, here is a picture of the doe that the breeder sent. He says she's a double show winner, bred to his best buck. She is expensive, but the fact that she comes with babies on board justifies the cost to me. He says her name is Valentine! We will go to pick them up tomorrow. About 2 hours away, so we can get there and back before dark. (With no stops along the way as per corona virus specifications).
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