Title: The Animal Barn
Description: Rabbits and friends
Jayesh - March 29, 2006 08:36 AM (GMT)
I have 16 rabbits and 20 guinea pigs living in one large barn. They are joined by 2 chinchillas and a bald guinea pig in summer. Will they do ok?
Robyn - March 29, 2006 03:46 PM (GMT)
That's a lot of animals! I don't know if they'll be okay. If you feed them, clean up after them, give them clean water, and make sure they don't get too cold in winter or too hot in summer, they should be fine. Guinea pigs don't tolerate cold (below 60 degrees F) well. Rabbits don't tolerate heat well (above 85 degrees F).
Jayesh - March 29, 2006 05:17 PM (GMT)
Unfortuanately I found a large rabbit dead and a dwarf rabbit missing. The fox ate them. It is now secure as chinchillas are very expensive.
JarrodRossi - March 29, 2006 10:18 PM (GMT)
yea, chinchillas where i work are about 120 each, so they are kinda expensive.
robyn, you'll hate me, but i used to raise rabbits for meat production, for school, so i probably only had 2-3 litters for meat production, and a few litters for pet sales.
it gets 95-100 around here, but we kept them in the shade and watered them as much as possible.
Robyn - March 30, 2006 10:45 PM (GMT)
I don't know that I'll hate you but I won't be sending you any bunny gifts ;-)
My father raised rabbits for food too.
Two years ago, I went to feed my chickens in the morning and my heart sunk when I saw the hole under the wire. I started screaming, "Beebee, Beebee" but we never found him. The chickens have a 6'x6'x8' house and a large fully-enclosed run. A pair of foxes got in and killed my rooster Beebee, the only chicken I've ever hatched myself, and Salty, my first hen who couldn't roost because she was too heavy. I found her leg. The other three chickens stayed up on the roost. I'd never have thought I would have balled so much over chickens. I think it was the shock of it. I close the chickens in at night now so when the foxes yelp at night, my heart doesn't end up in my throat.
My mother just had to let my three ambulating rabbits (I also have one that can't move) out to play in our old dog run today. When I got out of the shower, there were my two young bucks hoping loose! I threw on underwear, a t-shirt, and boots and ran out to try to catch them. Let me tell you, catching a 6-month-old buck is no easy task! Luckily, I know how to deal with it - always keep them in your sight, act calm, and don't move quickly. Ok, now I sound like the hawks and foxes. My mother let the chickens out to play unattended 4 years ago. The hawks were grateful for their two victims then! I'm afraid the hawks will take my little bucks while they're out because hawks can come in fast while she's reading and not paying attention. My mother won't listen to me of course.
jessw931 - May 31, 2006 01:11 AM (GMT)
robi im so sorry to hear about the misfortues!!! we have a chicken coop that my neighbors heeler decided to rip the front of and eat my babies that we had bought so now we have some board around the bottom also but he still tries to get in!