|Poor ladies. I know what it's like to be big and pregnant in hot weather.|
It'll be awhile before the trees leaf out and shade the rabbit shed, so hopefully we don't have anymore intensely sunny days until then.
Now we are back to perfect rabbit weather: cool and misty, but not so cold that their water is freezing.
If things go well, we are going to be swimming in rabbits.
All eyes are on you, ladies!
I've been a little concerned about them. This past week their appetites really dropped and they began to look thin. I noticed some loose stool, but no full blown diarrhea. They were still hopping around, but just seemed off. Kind of blah.
Their pen got kind of sloppy last week when we had all the rain, and I didn't get to spread fresh straw as soon as I wanted to. So I was afraid that may have lead to a cocci overload.
This was one thing I knew could crop up, housing them on the ground, so I really hoped to stay on top of their bedding to help prevent an outbreak.
It really bothered me. They were so fat and sleek and beautiful when I turned them loose in there.
|This was before I got fresh straw in there|
They were holding their bodies in a bit of a hunched position, which is a characteristic of cocci-infected birds.
I was starting to worry that I would have to go ahead and butcher them all and scrap the grow-out pen all together.
But I calmed down, took a deep breath and decided to treat it as a regular intestinal upset. It's possible that introducing some wild greens and soil has just caused a gut flora imbalance. So I pulled their pellets and am giving them only hay for a couple of days.
In the interest of science, this is what their poop looks like:
|I must admit, I felt a little silly watermarking these photos. "These are MY poop pictures, dangit!"|
And it's not like every poop I find is like this. I'm still finding a lot of actual formed pellets, so it may be that not all of them are affected, which would lead me to believe it isn't cocci. I'll see how things look tomorrow.
It's time for their 8-week weigh-in, but I really don't expect too much, considering they've not been eating well. If I get the chance I may weigh them this weekend.
I'll keep you posted!