Understanding rabbits is the only way to raise rabbits well. The first step in understanding rabbits is to understand their habits.
Habits have a specific term in zoology called biological characteristics. This is the first lesson in learning how to raise rabbits. It is important to fully understand the biological characteristics of rabbits so that we can take advantage of those that are beneficial to breeding and find measures to avoid those that are not.
All the biological characteristics of rabbits are based on the actual situation of rabbits, that is, small size and poor ability to defend against enemies.
But the law of nature is the survival of the fittest. The rabbit has been on earth for tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of years, how did it survive in nature? It is because rabbits have evolved a lot of very smart survival strategies to adapt to their environment. Some of the characteristics are so amazing that they take one's breath away.
The biological characteristics of domestic rabbits are mainly as follows.
1. Morning and evening animals
The daytime grassland is full of large carnivores. We afraid that the domestic rabbit is delicious food for them. During the daytime, rabbits can only hide in their holes and sleep.
At night, wolves and foxes, are the enemies of rabbits. The rabbits could only go out at dusk and dawn to look for food. The rabbits are very active at dusk and dawn. So rabbits belong to the morning and evening animals.
Rabbits can easily enter a sleepy state under certain conditions. In this state, rabbits are not easily aroused by stimuli other than hearing, such as the disappearance of vision and the dulling or disappearance of nociception.
Wild burrowing rabbits are small in size and have a poor ability to defend themselves against enemies. Therefore, in the wild, they mainly rely on their well-developed hearing organs and their ability to escape quickly from natural predators.
The domestic rabbit still maintains this ancestral characteristic. Sudden noises, strangers, or unfamiliar animals can cause the rabbit to panic.
They will run and crash in their cages, and the entire colony will quickly stir. This can result in injury or even death.
4. Cold and heat resistance
Because the whole body is covered with hair and the sweat glands are not developed, rabbits have good cold tolerance and poor heat resistance.
Rabbits are monogastric herbivores and must maintain a crude fiber content in their feed nutrition. One interesting piece of knowledge is that rabbits like carrots. According to tests, rabbits do not like to eat carrots when added to the house rabbits have a choice.
Pet rabbits should not be fed carrots all the time. Domestic rabbits prefer cruciferous, daisy, and other leafy plants.
6. Rodent behavior
The rabbit's first pair of incisors are permanent teeth that are never replaced and are constantly growing. Therefore, rabbits must constantly wear out their upper and lower incisors by feeding and chewing on hard objects in order to maintain a normal bite.
Master these six habits of rabbits, in order to let the lovely rabbit grow healthy with you.