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Kits too hot?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning and Raising Young Rabbits' started by ChikenChik, Jun 12, 2018.

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    ChikenChik

    ChikenChik Exploring the pasture

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    Last week Midnight had babies. Today they are a week old and it is pretty hot...around 85 degrees! They are in the shed...door open and its shaded by a tree. So probably the coolest of all my rabbit spots. I have them in an extra large litter pan with straw and moms hair but they kept crawling out so I almost emptied the pan of straw so they can't climb the sides. Its in a extra large dog crate with mom that is reinforced with 1/2 by 1/4 wire bottom and up a few inches on sides but I didnt like them laying all over the wire plus mom is kinda skittish so I am afraid they will get stomped if something startles her. I am guessing they are doing it because it is hot but my other litter that is 2 days older are staying in their box and its actually much easier to get out of. I have had other babies in the heat but have never seen this is it normal? And should I put all the straw and hair back in tonight?
     
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    Sundragons

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    stick a frozen water bottle in with them under the nest material. If they're hot it'll help cool them off, and if they're just hyper then you're in for a long few weeks of energetic kits. :)
     
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    Wehner Homestead

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    @Jesusfreak101 thought you’d find this thread interesting to follow
     
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    Jesusfreak101

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    You are right I do thank you. I throw some frozen bottles in with my rabbits. We lost some kits to what I believe was heat but could have been another thing. It has been 100+ I NC our area and very little wind most of the time.
     
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    Sundragons

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    We live in the Desert of AZ. Rabbits come inside in the summer, and even then, on cages along an outside wall, we toss in water bottles. Maybe overkill, but w have not lost one to the heat yet. Also if we're doing transport of any kind in summer they get a cold towel and frozen water bottle or 2 in the transport crate for the ride, with an AC vent pointed directly in the door.
     
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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

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    I use fans. Kits go wherever to be comfortable most of the time. I do not breed during the summer, in the SE. Never have lost any rabbit at any age to heat in 7+ years of breeding.
     
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    Jason Butcher

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    What type of rabbit do you own? I heard that certain breeds such as the Netherland dwarf can die from heat.
     
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    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

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    ALL breeds of rabbits can die from heat. Some are a bit more heat tolerant, like Florida Whites and New Zealand Whites, but still happens to them as well. Typically the longer the fur the less heat tolerant.
     
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    Jason Butcher

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    Sundragons

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    Yes. Netherlands and Holland Lops both need be kept under 85. I'm sure there are also other breeds as well, but those are definites.
     
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