Our rabbits are dying!

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Sheeesh! That is horrible!! :( But, nothing you could have done about it!!!
So annoying when they change things in feeds with out notifying everyone!! :mad:
Hope you get the feed all switched around and have no more casualties!! :fl
 

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Quick update. We lost all 5 does that had litters nursing, the 3 that were 11.5 weeks old, and so far 6 that were under 6 weeks. My wife is giving all the young ones that look bad Bounce Back 2 times a day, but I'm not sure it is helping. We have 4 more mature bucks and does that are not eating and only drinking a minimal amount. I took a doe that died on Friday to UConn for a necropsy, along with feed and water samples for toxicology screening.
 

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And if it does turn out to be the feed, the manufacturer makes it right for your losses. Please keep us informed on what you find out.
 

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I will definitely follow up when I have the final results of toxicology results and know for sure if it was or was not the feed.
 

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And if it does turn out to be the feed, the manufacturer makes it right for your losses. Please keep us informed on what you find out.
Many years ago, a friend lost a bunch of rabbits practically overnight. The animals that she lost were mostly nursing does and recently weaned juniors - the ones that would be eating the most. The problem was narrowed down to the feed; the suspicion was blister beetles (there isn't a specific test for them, at least, there wasn't at the time). The feed company was willing to pay for the lost animals, but they only wanted to pay about $1.00 per pound, the market rate for meat rabbits. She had a show herd of Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, that sort of thing; many of her animals were grand champions. I don't remember just what figure they eventually settled on, but she switched feeds after that.:(
 

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First I would empty the cages and spray them with a 10% bleach solution really good.
Then I would add apple cider vinegar in their water to address intestinal bacterias.
Last I would give them dry bread with drops of propolis tincture on them.
But then I have not had a rabbit die in aprox 10 yrs.
 

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[quote="Andrei, post: 346603, member: 9772"But then I have not had a rabbit die in aprox 10 yrs.[/quote]

Wow. How is life up on that high horse?

We haven't had any breeding stock keel over either. Especially not the 16 that have died so far since this started. Hence, I am posting to help others learn from what we go through. And I am spending almost $500 to analyze why it is happening to prevent recurrence. Of course, I'm probably just guessing and don't really know what I'm doing anyways.
 

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I apologize.
What I said it is not true.
Most of my rabbits have a short life and end up dead and in the freezer.
Very few last 3 yrs.
 

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I apologize.
What I said it is not true.
Most of my rabbits have a short life and end up dead and in the freezer.
Very few last 3 yrs.
I guess that your rabbits never die of old age either .
 

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