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LAST RABBIT LEFT NEEDS HELP!

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Rabbits' started by Spring Flower, May 6, 2019.

  1. May 16, 2019
    Spring Flower

    Spring Flower Overrun with beasties

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    BBs sneezing has been gone for a couple weeks but I didnt see any matting.
    I guess we will have to wait and see.
     
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  2. May 27, 2019
    Spring Flower

    Spring Flower Overrun with beasties

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    Okay. I am so scared for my rabbits. BB lost so much weight seemingly over night. That was three/four days ago. This evening I went out to feed them and found BB passed away. Spring is skinny but Flinn is fine and they all three shared their cage. I'm Soo scared Spring and Flinn won't make it! What could this be! It's driving me nuts. I don't have anywhere to move them to either and I don't want them by our meat stock
     
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  3. May 27, 2019
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    I'm so sorry!
    Did she have any other symptoms?
    Sneezing? Labored breathing? Loss of appetite? Diarrhea? Lumps on/under her skin? Anything??
    Usually, rapid weight loss is caused by cancer or renal (kidney) failure. It could also be age-related...how old was she?
     
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  4. May 28, 2019
    Spring Flower

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    Not really. Well yesterday she didn't really want to eat but I switched to a new feed to help get her weight back up. I don't really know how old she was When I got her they told me she was 2 which would make her 4 but they didn't have anything together including the price.

    If they weren't being fed enough than Flinn would be skinny to right? BB was the boss rabbit and I seen her chase the other two away from her food.
     
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  5. May 28, 2019
    Spring Flower

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    I just thought I would add that she was more like wasting rather than just being skinny. I was feeding them mixed weeds and hay, and then mostly hay because they preferred the weeds and started trying to get out to get more and wouldn't eat the hay. So I only gave them weeds twice a week and then they started eating the hay. Anyway sorry for rambling the point is I was always worried about them getting skinny on weeds and hay especially since once it got hot I started giving them enough for two days and not going down the hill everyday. 5 days before she got so skinny my sister was down with me and she was petting everyone and feeling their weight for me. She pet BB and felt her and said "she's a little thin but definitely not that bad" and I was like okay so I should feed them more hay. And I did and then all this happened.
     
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  6. May 28, 2019
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    Was she drinking? I have had mine go off feed due to waterer issues. Some just hate the waterbottle. Also there are weeds that are toxic... from what I gather you don't feed pellets?
     
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  7. May 28, 2019
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    I agree with @promiseacres said...if rabbits don't drink water, they won't eat.
    Rabbits will also not drink warm/hot water. You have to make sure the water is cool. I put ice cubes in all of my rabbits water bottles (I have the top-fill bottles) and I give them water bowls also with ice cubes in them...so they have a choice and always have cool water.
    I give them all frozen water bottles in their cages to keep them cool too.
    I believe you said in another post that you research the weeds before you feed them...but are the rabbits actually eating them? I don't think eating just weeds and grass is enough for their diet.
    I once tried feeding my rabbits a 'hay-only' diet and after about 2 weeks they lost a significant amount of weight and I had to feed them pellets again...but I do know of people who do it successfully so i'm not sure what went wrong with mine.
     
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    I think she was drinking water. They have two bowls of water and a old chicken water but I scrubbed that thing like crazy and they drank out of them for months. I didn't know they wouldn't drink if it got warm. That's interesting. The water level was going down but I don't know if that was just the other two.

    I didn't feed pellets but I do now. I was trying to get BBs weight back up and I am trying to get Springs weight up. She's not bad just a little thin. Hopefully she's not sick or if she is hoping she recovers.
    I had them on just weeds and hay for a while and they were all healthy. Until about two weeks ago the baby rabbits died and now BB. (Keep in mind BB , Flinn, and Spring are/were in the same pen and ate the same thing. Flinn isn't skinny at all and Spring is thin. While BB got emaciated within 5 days.) I have a litter of six meat rabbits that got fat off of hay and weeds.They where eating weeds since they could and had been up until about 10 weeks because we got to busy to pick enough weeds for so many rabbits. And BBs litterof 10 was fed just weeds up until they were four weeks old and I knew that others wouldn't pick weeds everyday for the rabbits so I started to transition them to hay and pellets.

    They would eat most of the weeds. Some they wouldn't but then I wouldn't give it to them anymore. And some they would eat the leaves but not the stem.

    On a side note have you ever had someone just steel rabbits. Someone stole three of our six meat rabbits a couple days ago.
     
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  9. May 28, 2019
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    I honestly don't know what's going on with your rabbits! I'm sorry, it's just such a mystery!
    And no, I've not had someone steal my rabbits...but my rabbits are in the back of my house in a closed-in building and some are now outside but where I can keep an eye on them, close to the house. My dogs also bark if someone is on the property and I live about as far out in the woods as you can get so I don't have neighbors....
     
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    I don't know. I hope that whatever it is passes.

    I have four dogs but they bark so much that we ignore them now. One of the four gets bored and will take of barking and gets mad when the others don't follow him.

    We don't really have any close neighbors but we do have some. There was these two guys that came by and asked if we would sell them chickens. We sold them 4 hens and a rooster. Then they came back and asked for more and we told them no and they responded I guess we'll have to come back and take some. Haha we are just joking. But they had the same response when they asked to fish in our pond and when they asked if we would sell them some rabbits.
    So I think it was them but I'm not sure. Oh and I think some chickens might have been taken to but not sure because they free range and I don't know how many we actually have.
     
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