BRINGING HOME A NEW ANIMAL
- First week give 3 raisins daily
- Second week give 2 raisins daily
- 1 per day after that as a treat if you wish
- Feed the feed from the previous ranch for about a week and then mix ½ and ½ with your feed to make a gradual change
- Do not use automatic watering system at first if they are used to water bottles. Put a bottle on until they learn to use the water system.
- Check Feed and Water
- Give a small piece of hay daily as needed
- Watch droppings for any changes
- Give Dust Bath a couple times a week
- Change shavings every week 10 days (depending on your air flow and humidity). You may also wish to spot clean the dirty areas in lieu of changing the whole cage at times.
- Wash and replace bottles. It is handy to have extra water bottles on hand so that you can replace empties with a clean filled bottle. Then wash the extras and refill to have ready when needed.
- Store feed and hay in plastic garbage containers to keep fresh (leaving in original bag). Put some in a smaller container to use from on a daily basis.
- Store extra feed, hay, etc. on a pallet off the floor and away from the wall to prevent mold.
- Keep a radio playing on a quiet radio station.
- Every month or so wipe out shaving pans with a disinfectant. On our ranch we wash and repaint all our shavings pans once a year during the summer months. All metal parts may then be painted with Rustoleum type paint spray aluminum to make them last longer.
- Leave the male closed in his own cage for the first week
- Let the male run in the runway for 10 days 2 weeks to get acquainted
- Open jumphole of the most calm or friendly female first observe to see they get along you may put a dust bath in for the first few hours
- Open the other females a day or two apart until all are open
- Open jump holes EARLY IN THE DAY when they are most quiet
- After babies are born put an extra water bottle in the cage for refuge (one 16oz bottle is fine for up to 4 babies)
- Check babies daily to see if their tummy is full (hold upside down by tail and feel tummy)
- After 3rd day close the male out and remove the bottle.
- Dusting mother and babies is usually not a problem. You might refrain the day of littering or until jumphole is closed if you wish.
- Wean babies at 6 weeks and re open jumphole
- Leave litter mates together for companionship for several weeks up to a month or so unless they fight over the feed. Single litters may be weaned together for a few weeks
if same sex, mark in one ear to identify from each other and put that mark on their pen card.
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