Location and Housing

1. Areas having temperature ranging between 10o C and 20o C and relative humidity ranging between 55 and 65% throughout the year are ideal for rearing Angora rabbits.

2. Ensure adequate facility for clean water, electricity, approach road, supply of breeding stock, feed, fodders, veterinary aid and nearness to market for sale of wool and meat of culled animals.

3. For small size rabbit farms hutch system may be adopted which is a self contained cage-cum-nest box with it’s own roof.

4. In case of larger farms cages may be arranged inside the sheds in single or two tier under hanging or step wise rack system.

5. Provide adequate floor space per rabbit. The space (hutch sizes) requirement for different categories of rabbits is given in Annexure – III.

6. Rabbitry roofing should be preferably of asbestos, wood, thatch or other locally available cheaper materials.

7. Construct sheds in such a way that predators and birds do not enter the shed. In case of open hutches proper fencing should be provided to protect the rabbits from their predators.

8. Construct rat proof civil structures for feed and wool storage.

9. Keep the shed/pens clean by regular cleaning and disinfection to make it free from flies/mosquitoes and a foot dip should be maintained at the entrance of the sheds.

10. Rabbit cages should be cleaned regularly, especially disinfected before kindling.

11. During kindling period cage/hutch nest box should be kept clean so that kits do not pick up diseases like coccidia.

12. Feeders and waterers should be cleaned regularly and mash feed should be removed from the feeders which can be used for feeding other livestock species.

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