Hoppy Days Ranch

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Feeding & Watering

Most commercial growers use a J-feeder and automatic watering system. As you can see in the picture of the hanging cages above, this person has black water lines going to each cage and little bowls for food.  We didn't do too well with bowls, as the rabbits tended to dump them over, wasting the feed.

Find the closest feed store to you.  Call and ask about their rabbit pellets.  Find out what protein content they have and the pricing.  Also ask if that price is per hundred or per bag.  Most pellets come in 50-lb. bags, but the store will tell you the 100-lb. price by default.  They're used to some people buying feed by the ton, so someone coming in for a single bag is unusual, but not unheard of.  The higher the protein in the feed, the faster your buns (baby rabbits) will grow.  Feeding higher protein to the does will also help with healthier kits and richer milk.  As you grow (and if your feed store carries more than one type of feed), you may want to buy a lower protein feed for your bucks and higher protein feed for your grow-outs and moms.

Automatic watering systems, I think, are a must. Filling dozens (or hundreds) of bottles is simply unrealistic for one person to do daily.  A fully automatic watering system will connect to your plumbing (or garden hose), and distribute water to each cage without your intervention.  A semi-automatic system will have a bucket that must be refilled as needed.  When you first start, I suggest water bottles.  Since you should start small (less than 10 rabbits), bottles aren't a time concern.  Once you start getting more than 10, consider investing in a good watering system.

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