Rabbit Care | Keeping Your Rabbits Cool In The Summer

Rabbit Care

Keeping Your Rabbits Cool In The Summer

Provide Proper Care For Your Rabbit In The Summer

Rabbit Care. It doesn’t matter where you live, summer can be a killer for your meat rabbits.  It is critical that you keep your rabbits cool, especially if the temp is above 90.  This summer has been a hot one for almost everyone in the US and if you raise rabbits outside then you are probably scrambling to keep them cool.  Here are some tips:

  • Keep your rabbits in the shade at all times.  The temperature is significantly lower in the shade.  Keep your cages under a tree, or some type of roof, or even bring them inside if you have to.

  • Fill 2 liter soda pop bottles with water and freeze them.  If your rabbits are getting too hot, they will lie against the bottles to keep cool.  Make sure you have extras in the freezer so you can replace them often.

  • Use fans (or even window air conditioners if they are in a shed).  You can also hang wet towels up across doorways or windows to help keep the air cool.

  • Use a misting system or mist them with a spray bottle.  If you notice a rabbit in distress, you can submerge their body in water to cool them off.

    Carry360 20M 66FT Garden Outdoor Patio Home Misting Cooling System With 20PCS Plastic Mist Nozzle And Quick Coupling

If all else fails, or you don’t have a way to keep them in the shade, place them in carriers and keep them inside your house during the hottest part of the day.

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Heat is very hard on pregnant or lactating does and young kits.  The kits are in a warm nest box and have no way to cool off and does are already stressed from feeding and growing babies.  Keep a close eye on kits and if they climb out of the nest box, sprawl out and pant heavily; bring the nest box inside during the hottest part of the day.

The best solution?

So far the best solution to keep my rabbits cool is this;  I first built a small hoop house using pvc pipes and then placed shade cloth over that.  Shatex 90% Sunblock Shade Panel, Taped Edge with Grommets,Black 10 x 12ft
I was just giving them bottles of ice to keep them cool, but misting them seemed to work better.   I installed a Patio Misting System the first summer I started raising meat rabbits.  The misting system worked great as long as I turned it off in time for the nest boxes to dry out.  I lost several litters of baby rabbits because their nest boxes got wet.  I had to place something over each cage to stop the misters from getting the next boxes wet.

I now have my meat rabbits in the shade and I mist the whole area using a sprinkler.

This is the misting system I used at first to keep my rabbits cool.  This system works great to keep about 25 of your rabbits cool.  Just hang the nozzles above the cages and connect to a standard garden hose.  I had my misting system connected to a Garden Timer so that it would come on during the hottest part of the day.  Make sure you place something over the top of each cage to protect nest boxes from getting wet.  I also fed my rabbits at night to prevent their food from getting wet.

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