That’s the beautiful part of the state. When I moved to SD I wasn’t prepared for how flat it really is east of the river. Nor was I prepared for cold weather. Met some very nice people though.Yes, it can get pretty cold--also hot, though not so bad here in the Black Hills at 6,000 ft elevation. Some years there's hardly any growing season, but then the days are super long in summer, so that helps.
More and more I think the green stuff helps with heat. We just decided on example of someone else to leave off pellets in the AM and just do the forage then and feed the pellets in the PM. I used to live in Seaford DE BTW.We hit 102 the other day here in Delaware. The wet bulb temp was nicely low though. The rabbits took it in stride. They didn't even really hit their water bottles. They get mostly green fodder this time of year though. Their hutch is very much open to the air but otherwise isn't special. They just stretch out and look relaxed.
Funny, I have lived a number of places but happened to move here after 8 years in the Charlotte area. And I really need to get some tiles!Thank you sooo much for you kind note. I am new to Texas (from North Carolina), and came here knowing I wanted Silver Fox. It was after I started my herd that I found out about Tamuk. The one thing I started 2 days ago - which has been the most successful so far - is I purchased 12"X12" ceramic tiles from Home Depot for $.59 each. I put them in the freezer and take them out and give them to each rabbit around 4pm when I turn on the misting system. My biggest Doe, Stella, jumped on the tile and by the time I had given them out to all of the other rabbits, I went back to her cage and she was fully laying on it and had her eyes closed and was asleep. Her breathing had slowed way down. All of my rabbits lay on the tiles. I bought enough so that I can take out the tiles in the morning and put them in the freezer, and then take out the "frozen" tiles to give to them later in the day. The test will be tomorrow onward when the temperatures are supposed to climb to 102-106.
Thanks again - if I decide to change breeds, I will certainly let you know!
Maybe it’s the vitamin C in the fresh greensMore and more I think the green stuff helps with heat. We just decided on example of someone else to leave off pellets in the AM and just do the forage then and feed the pellets in the PM. I used to live in Seaford DE BTW.
Because of the heat, I now have bunny daycare inside my home. My Rabbits come inside at 10 am and go back out around 5 pm. They pretty much sleep all day inside their old cages.It's been 97 with heat index up to 117 here in northeast Arkansas. I have been doing frozen bottles and misting ears. Can't afford fans. Next week it's supposed to get 102 and our heat index then will most likely be 120.
There’s a guy on YouTube who uses 12 volt fans, the type in desktop computers and he powers them with a solar panel.It's been 97 with heat index up to 117 here in northeast Arkansas. I have been doing frozen bottles and misting ears. Can't afford fans. Next week it's supposed to get 102 and our heat index then will most likely be 120.
Hi donnak,We live in the Bryan/College Station, TX area, which is between Austin and Houston. Last year, the year I started in the early winter breeding Silver Fox Rabbits, we had a very mild summer - not even a day in the high 90's or 100's. This year, I have 4 Breeding Does and 2 Breeding Bucks and 13 grow out kits. It is HOT here! It was still 82 when I went out to replace their water and check on their feed at 10pm.
Here is what I have been doing so far:
I have box fans on every two cages (there are 12), and two high velocity fans blowing on the area too. My rabbits are outside, however, their hutch area is under a huge carport, and they never get direct sun. I have started giving them frozen water bottles around noon, then at 4:30 I go out and collect all of the melted water bottles and give each of them an ice block (made from those square "to go" containers. The cages with 2-5 grow outs in it get 2 or 3 ice blocks. I also turn on the mister system which is above the cages. Still my adults, especially, are not eating their favorite things for breakfast - organic kale or cabbage and thin sliced apples. I feed their Pellets & Organic Oats, and as much Timothy Grass as they want. Anyway, their not eating favorite foods tells me they are not doing well. It is supposed to be between 98-102 for 4-5 days next week - I am really concerned about them.
What do you do to keep your outside rabbits from dying in the heat of summer?
I have 2 breeder friends who have already lost rabbits to the heat.
Thanks for ANY advice you can give to me. I really appreciate this Forum!
If you can hang wet burlap or old towels on the cage, it really helps. @MaggieJ suggested it to me (thanks!) and it really made the biggest difference I think. You only have to get them wet once in a while. I have a misting system, but there is one rabbit (new to me) whose cage doesn't get misted, so I just spray him with my hose set to 'mist'. The first couple times, he wasn't a fan, now he likes it LOL. However, I have really hardy rabbits, so you may not want to try that. You could spray 'around' the cage once in a while. The trick is to use the 'misting' setting on the hose nozzle, not the spray setting.It's been 97 with heat index up to 117 here in northeast Arkansas. I have been doing frozen bottles and misting ears. Can't afford fans. Next week it's supposed to get 102 and our heat index then will most likely be 120.
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