Purina® Rabbit Nutrition E—Newsletter

FEATURED STORY | The Purina® FeedGuard® Nutrition System

When managing rabbits, nutritional consistency is absolutely critical. A bag of Chow should contain the exact nutritional ingredients that it claims. The Purina® FeedGuard® Nutrition System is one of the industry’s most innovative and exacting quality assurance programs. This system is one more reason why you can trust all Rabbit Chow™ rabbit foods.

The FeedGuard® Nutrition System is one of the industry’s most innovative and exacting quality assurance programs. It provides you and your rabbits with three proven ways to be sure of their food.

First is the System’s stringent quality standards that help ensure many of the industry’s highest quality ingredients available are used. These standards are based on an ingredient testing program designed to minimize the risk of ingredients containing potential harmful contaminants.

The Nutrition System also utilizes a constant nutrition formulation process that automatically compensates for naturally varying nutrient levels in ingredients for greater nutritional consistency bag after bag.

“It helps increase the nutritional consistency by testing with Near Infrared Reflectance, a process measuring the actual nutrient levels of specific ingredients instead of using supplier averages,” John Zeloski, Purina marketing manager

And finally, the FeedGuard® Nutrition System uses a total rabbit nutrition formulation system that considers all key nutrients and their interactions with each other to better support overall rabbit health.

The bottom line is that the FeedGuard® Nutrition System can help deliver the trust, quality, and performance professional rabbit breeders, show enthusiasts, and pet owners expect and deserve.

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RABBIT TIPS | Better Breeding from the 4—Square Philosophy for Success

Better breeding is the foundation for high—quality rabbit, whether as a pet or for showing purposes, which is why it holds the first square in Purina’s 4—Square Philosophy for Success in raising rabbits. With research and suggestions from rabbit owners and breeders across the nation, Purina has defined quick tips to good breeding practices.

  1. Purchase the best quality animals that you can afford.
  2. Only purchase animals from reputable breeders. When purchasing breeding stock, try to obtain rabbits that are close to six weeks of age so they can acclimate to their new environment before going through the stress of birthing. If older stock is obtained, true breeding success may come with the second generation.
  3. Have a good breeding system in place and a market for all animals you raise.
  4. When breeding a rabbit always take the doe to the pen of the buck.
  5. Rabbits are induced ovulators; breed each doe twice at one hour to four hour intervals for a larger litter size. When breeding rabbits, if the doe does not accept the buck, consider this a red flag that the doe is in poor condition or health. Does that are “force bred” will become pregnant less than 50 percent of the time, while “accepted breeds” will conceive close to 100 percent of the time.
  6. Watch the doe for signs of problems throughout her pregnancy.
  7. The gestation period of a rabbit is 29 to 32 days. When the doe is close to kindling, it is common for the doe to reduce its feed intake. If you are control feeding, there may very well be some feed left in the feeder the last four to five days prior to kindling.
  8. Increase feed gradually at kindling. Best practice is to maintain the amount of feed offered for days one and two after kindling, and slowly increase feed offer for the next five days, so the rabbit is not on full feed until day seven.
  9. Check nest boxes every day for dead kits and remove all dead kits and debris immediately. The nest should be clean and dry.
  10. Separate the litter from the doe at about three to five weeks of age.
  11. In general, sire and dam are equally important in inheritance, the exception being that a sire can have many more offspring in a given period of time.
  12. General experience is that parent and offspring or brother and sister matings should be risked only when the stock is unusually good. Some breeders inbreed as a way to check for weaknesses in various bloodlines.
  13. Only animals with sound genetics, which are resistant to disease, have a good disposition, and good reproductive capacity should be considered for addition to your herd. If your stock has bad dispositions or are poor breeders, eventually you will become very frustrated. Nobody enjoys getting bitten or fighting an animal to feed it.
  14. Some rabbits become very aggressive after kindling, wanting to protect their young from outside harm. This behavior can be corrected by holding a piece of cardboard (3” x 12) on the doe’s head with your hand. Keep the cardboard in place until the doe becomes tired and no longer fights. Now you can approach the rabbit and pet it, showing the rabbit you mean it no harm. Four to five days of this can convert a once aggressive rabbit to one that looks forward to your attention. This can save time and dollars already invested in an otherwise very good breeding stock.

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GET TO KNOW | Purina® Rabbit Chow™ Complete Natural AdvantEdge™

Purina® Rabbit Chow™ Complete Natural AdvantEdge™

Purina® Rabbit Chow™ Natural AdvantEdge™ Show food is completely balanced and specially formulated to help produce shiny fur, successful growth and optimal reproduction. This blue ribbon winning food contains added vegetable oils for superior fur quality and is designed for enthusiasts who raise and show rabbits and want the winning edge.

  • The Natural AdvantEdge™ — superior, consistent, natural nutrition FREE from all fillers, preservatives and artificial colors
  • Formulated for excellent fur quality — vitamin A and essential fatty acids for healthy skin & lustrous fur
  • Corn free diet — created especially for the unique needs of rabbits.
  • Complete, natural nutrition — no additional supplements necessary and great for rabbits of all ages
  • Helps create winners — formulated to help give you the winning edge on the show table.
  • High—quality plant proteins — loaded with natural nutrients found only in plants that optimize vitality and support immune function
  • Added lactobacillus, yeast and balanced fiber — supports digestive health with added yucca shidigera to aid in odor control
  • Proprietary amino acid profile — building blocks of life from protein for optimal muscle and tone
  • Highly palatable — for proper intake and growth
  • Purina® FeedGuard® Nutrition System — stringent quality standards help ensure many of the industry’s highest quality ingredients available are used, provides greater nutritional consistency bag after bag and considers all key nutrients and their interactions with each other to better support overall rabbit health

As always, when changing your rabbits from one feeding program to another, make the change gradually, over a five— to seven—day period. Mix the new feed with the old, gradually increasing the amount of the new feed (it’s always important to allow time for the rabbits’ intestinal flora to adjust to any new feed). Continue to feed at the same time each day—evening is best. Clean the feeding dish daily so uneaten food does not become stale and moldy. And always provide plenty of clean, fresh, cool water to rabbits at all times.

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