Farmers rabbit breeders are faced with the main task, the essence of which is the proper care and selection of high-quality cells and convenient feeders. Rabbit canteen is isolated as a system for feeding and watering domestic animals. Feeders for rabbits with their own hands must meet certain requirements: they must be in a convenient place, approaches to it can only be free, the material must be of high quality, the parameters of the feeding facilities must meet the needs of animals, the floor near feeding places must be clean and dry, fasteners must be comfortable and durable.
Features of the manufacture, acquisition and maintenance of feeders
If the feeder is small, the rabbits may be malnourished, or the livestock breeder will occasionally be engaged in filling it, which will distract him from other matters. If the material from which the feeders are constructed is of poor quality, the animal may suffer, because the rats can chew on even poisonous plastic objects.
Tip: You need to ensure that around the feeders and in them was constant cleanliness, otherwise the particles of animal feces can get into the food and cause infection. Infection with pathogens can be recorded on sawdust or straw.
Normally, the daily feed rate for rabbits fits in the packaging. The technical side of the issue is no less important. The feeder should be made so that you can easily and quickly fill, as well as just open and close, remove for washing or replacement from the barn, and quickly put in place.
The feeder and the drinker are usually placed inside the cage. Hay and grass are placed in an outdoor manger. The nursery cells resemble blocks.
Rabbit cuisine should be focused on the needs of animals. Feeding trough for rabbits with his own hands is constructed in certain sizes, which are calculated on the basis of the number of animals in the cage. One individual needs 50 per 100 mm. space. It is better to make the drinker a pint and a half, and it is required to set a bowl for one hare so that it is about 30 or 40 millimeters long.
What you need to know about the types of feeders?
There are different types of rabbit feeders. There are homemade bunker type, pan or flute. By type, they can be movable (located in the cabinets and moveable) and stationary, with wall mounting.
In the manufacture of welcome additional compartments. Usually, in each cage there are 1 or 2 drinking troughs, according to the feeder for roughage, for juicy and for combined, and also in manger. To collect what is left of food, they are engaged in the construction of an additional compartment.
How to make a feeder for rabbits, experienced rabbit breeders know firsthand. It is desirable that the base was made of wood. The upholstery will be a metal profile.
Work begins with the calculation and measurements: length (average 40 centimeters), width (40 millimeters), depth (40 millimeters). A narrow feeder will not allow babies to climb inside it and soil food.
Tip: In order for the rabbits to not rake the food, a rod with a diameter of at least 5 mm must be soldered to each profile edge.
Rabbit feeders are recommended to be made high, from 7 or 10 cm from the flooring in the cage. Thanks to its simplicity and convenience, the best designs for small animals are combined. It is possible to lay several different feeds at the same time, both juicy and coarse, and combined hare dishes. In such a structure there are 2 compartments, the trough itself is positioned on top, and there will be nursery type troughs for concentrated feeds from below. In good designs, the filling is carried out even with the doors of the cage closed.
The material requirements for environmental friendliness and strength. For wooden walls will require galvanized or tin lining. To make a sennik, you need to stock up on the grid and bar. The use of plastic in rabbit breeding is rare.
How to make a V shaped nursery feeder?
Using nursery facilities, livestock breeders ensure cleanliness and dryness of food, comfort and convenience to rats. It is also easy to repair.
In order to make a triangular construction of a toddler type, you need to prepare tools: plywood, saw or hacksaw, wire, several nails or screws, stock up with a screwdriver or a hammer, as well as nippers.
To begin with make drawings. Allowed to use downloaded from the Internet. Begin production from the side walls, which are cut out of a plywood piece. The design is made in the form of a rectangular triangle, where one angle is sharp, thanks to which the hay will be pushed towards the rabbits.
The central part will be rectangular. Parts of the structure are fastened with screws. To attach the feeder to the cell lattice, you need to use a wire.
Homemade hay feeders are very convenient not only for feeding the rabbits, they turn out partitions between one rabbit apartment and the other. To work you need to stock up on: five wooden planks, netting, nippers and nails with a hammer.
The structural basis is approximately a fifteen meter wide beam or board. This material will be used for the manufacture of 4 parts, of which 40 cm long side walls will be obtained, as well as 3 parts, in order to build the top and base, the dimensions of which will be equal to 50 centimeters.
The mesh is cut into 2 rectangular pieces of 40 by 30 centimeters. For the construction in the form of the letter P will need a long bar and a pair of short. Connect parts with nails or screws. It will be necessary to make another P. Both parts are fastened at a 45-degree angle, so the object on the side looks like a tick V. A grid is attached to each wall. The manger feeder is installed in the cage.
Tip: It is not necessary to place the feeder trough high, near the ceiling of the cage, so as not to obstruct the laying of grass or straw in it.
Bunker feeders for rabbits are a box with a trough and lower mesh. Feed in such facilities is automatic. The device of an internal box limits receipt of food in process of its decrease. Therefore, from the bunker trough will not spill any grain. It can be wood or plywood, upholstered in tin sheet.
Tip: To make the feeder for long-term use, it is better to use one tin as the material, its rodents will definitely not harm.
For the manufacture you need to stock up: tin sheets, rivets, scissors, cutting metal, mallet, rivets and pliers, a hammer, a pencil, a tape measure and a drill.
Focusing on the drawing, mark the iron sheets. All parts for walls, troughs and stoppers are cut and bent along the intended lines. In places where there will be rivets, marks are drawn. Drill is needed for making holes in the designated places. Rivets tie the design together. In order to avoid sharp corners, on which animals could get hurt, they are somewhat flattened.
The bunker rabbits feeder is distinguished by its economy, the automation of batch feeding, the isolation of food from litter, ease of use and cleaning. The only drawback is the high cost of material.
Plastic bottle as the basis of the feeder
Feeders can be built from virtually any available materials. For the little rabbit, the design made of a plastic bottle or from a canister is very convenient. Get a light construction of the bunker sample.
A 1.5-liter bottle is taken (you can take a “two-piece”) with a lid. Also not to do without scissors and wire. This is the fastest method of manufacture. It is only necessary to cut part of the bottle along its base. Hole parameters will be 20 to 10 centimeters. The feeder is hung to the wall and filled with food. If an old canister is used, the manipulations are carried out as with the bottle.
How to make a groove construction?
For straw, grain and various root crops, a grooved wooden or metal object is suitable for feeding animals. Possible such a feeder for rabbits from the sewer pipe, the diameter of which will be about 100 or 150 millimeters. The upper part is cut. To avoid rash of hare food, one side of a piece of pipe should be covered.
In order for several individuals to be able to eat at the same time, the feeder must comply with the parameters within 50 or 100 centimeters. For a wooden structure or for drywall you will need 6 dosthok, two of them construct longitudinal walls, 4 will be end ones. One end is made of a pair of identical side parts, they should be nailed in a pair with an angular slope, you should get a pentagonal equilateral shape.
The fastening of the long sides between them is also made on the corner. If the bottom is narrow, it will provide the convenience of eating the food of little rabbits, they will not rake the food, quietly eating what is available.
Farmer Evgeny Maklyakov developed a special bunker type of rabbits feeder from a profile or from galvanized iron sheets. Looking at the scheme, make the markings on the sheets to designate: a pair of side walls, a jumper, an inner wall, bearing the bar for the support of rabbits.
The necessary parts cut and bend, are engaged in making the connecting holes. For bonding you need to stock up on rivets. In order to have less garbage and dust in the food, many holes must be made from the bottom. Constructions cost cheap. A feeder of this type is practical because it has 2 bins for 2 fodder varieties.
Zolotukhinskaya method of manufacture
Farmer Nikolay Zolotukhin has been breeding rabbits for decades. He came up with an ergonomic feeder made of iron and wooden sides. Based on the drawing, cut out a pair of identical wooden sides. A preform is made of metal or tin sheet. All parts are held together. The feeder is attached to the rabbit cage door.
In advance, the cage is mounted on the door of the cage, but not around the entire perimeter, since rabbits must easily get to the gutter.
Less frequently, farms and farms use bowl feeders for rats, since they are easy to tip and empty. But you can attach a cup to the walls of the cell. If the cup has a protruding part, it is possible to wind the wire on it and use it to tie the bowl to the cage.
On the cup, you can fasten a hook or a few. After hanging the hook on the cage, you should bend it by maxim. Sometimes the bottom of the cup is screwed to the floor of the cage. A simple cup design can be installed for the first time.
From plastic bottle
Plastic bottle - ideal for the manufacture of bunker feeders. For this we need:
- plastic bottle with a volume of 1.5-2 liters (always with a lid!),
- wire for fastening structures.
So, just like with the pipe. Cut a hole along the bottle. Size 20 * 10 cm. And, the feeding trough is ready! It remains only to attach it to the wall and pour food.
Important tips and tricks
Many people are afraid to experiment with amateur activities and prefer to buy everything ready. But after all, animal breeding is also interesting in that every day you discover something new for yourself, comprehend such exact sciences that you never thought of. And useful work makes you love your work even more and fully surrender to it.
In the manufacture of feeders put yourself in the place of the rabbit. Remember the words of Academician Igor Mikhailov that every time you meet with you, the rabbit feels the same way that you would feel if you saw a tiger or a crocodile. And remember: for the eared to serve you and your household, make at least a little effort for their comfortable living.
Choosing a feeder, first of all, appreciate its convenience, all the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the structural strength, quality of materials, durability. Often, only a hand-made thing can satisfy all the wishes and tastes of the farmer.