Clara had her first liter of kits! AKA baby bunnies are here

So I got Clara from the AEC in Lynchburg. She was hopping around the area and someone brought her in. No one picked her up so I brought her home. She seems a little older but was very interested in my male. I put them together for about a week and a half maybe two weeks and just marked on my calendar when I put them together and 4 weeks later a reminder to start looking for babies. About a week before she was supposed to pop I taped up cardboard on the sides of her cage to give her privacy but I could spy bu lifting. After her babies came I realized the need for an actual box. One of the kits kept wandering outside the nest area and was getting cold. Rabbits don’t bring them back like cats or dogs. So I washed my hands with scentless homemade soap. Then I picked her up and warmed her up and put her in with the others. Clara didn’t seem to mind. I had to do this one more time on the first day. Day two I did a head count in the nest and was only finding 3. Clara seemed to care a little more about me digging around this time. After a while I found 2 snuggled up way in the back. Then I finally noticed the little female over under the food container. I warmed her back up again and put her back. Day 3 I fed Clara to distract her and did a head count all 6 snuggled up. The one female is still a little smaller but she was warm and active so I’m not worried. Female rabbits only nurse twice a day so she may have missed a meal or two.

 

Oh that’s Bunny

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Meet Chris an Cathy! They were dropped off at my old work the day after I got my new Bunny hutch! They were left with a note saying they had coccidia. My friend did a fecal and found some coccidia but not a lot (common with young rabbits specially under stress) She also found a deformed egg that she could not identify. She sent both bunnies home with my sister who still works there with Albon for the coccidia and Panacur for the mystery eggBecause coccidia can be life threatening with young stressed out bunnies I think I’ll get a microscope for the farm. Cathy was HORRIBLE to medicate. She may be pregnant so I’ll take her attitude with a grain of salt. Chris was awesome and just ate it out of the syringe. I tried them for 10 days (after loading dose) and the Panacur I gave at day one and again at 2 weeks. It has been a week or so after treatment so I’ll be checking a fecal when my new microscope get in.

New Tools for Livestock Health and Checkups

New digital microscope, slides, clover slips, and fecal tubes came in yesterday. I had the whole thing set up and read my first fecal in under 20 minutes. I found a fecal recipe pretty easy online. Salt, sugar, water.

The Microscope: Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

The Slides: AmScope BS-50P-100S-22 Pre-Cleaned Blank Ground Edge Glass Microscope Slides and 100pc Pre-Cleaned Square Glass Cover Slips Coverslips

The Fecal Tubes: SEOH 16 X 125mm Plastic Test Tubes with Caps, 25 Pack

 

Fecal Recipe:

1. Saturated salt solution

Specific gravity: 1.18 – 1.20

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

  • Stir thoroughly before use.
  • May distort eggs.

2. Salt/sugar solution

Specific gravity: 1.28

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml
Sugar: 500 grams

Dissolve the salt in water to make a saturated solution.

Add the sugar to the saturated salt solution.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Sodium nitrate

Specific gravity: 1.18

This solution is sometimes used for strongyle eggs.

Sodium nitrate: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

Add sodium nitrate to water while stirring.

  • May form crystals and distort eggs if left longer than 20 minutes.

 

fecal recipe source: Flotation Fluids