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michaels4gardens wrote:Rabbits hide their pain very well, People not very familiar with this can be misled into thinking that a rabbit is not in pain because they exhibit no "drama"
A rabbit will sit quietly and look calm and peaceful until a few moments before they die from the pain.
"hunched up" body posture
listing back and forth
eye squinting or closed eyes
ears laid back against the body [in rabbits that usually have ears up]
it is an important part of responsible animal husbandry to make sure your animals do not suffer needlessly.
If an animal is considered "breed stock", or is terminal [ie: produced for food] there is no reason to nurse it back to health when it is not going to be suitable for either purpose when / if it recovers. The suffering it goes through while you are "trying to save it" is needless suffering.
I agree with Zass,
I probably was not very clear in the above statement, - I do believe in "nursing" a rabbit back to health from an injury if it seems there is a "good" chance the rabbit could heal up and be suitable for either purpose.
-- Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:53 pm --
grumpy wrote:A good precursor is keeping an eye on their feed intake, too.
That's a sure sign of problems not yet noticed.
This is a good example of why "free feeding" of rabbits "may not" be a good idea, -- I always feed a prescribed amount to my animals-- precisely because-- -- I can notice immediately if an animal is "off feed". --- as Grumpy pointed out--low/ no feed intake it is almost always a sign of a problem you have not noticed yet. and-- in my experience-- often it is the only sign you may get in time to "do something about it".
hard neck garlic varieties for fall planting.
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens, and too many ducks..
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