from rabbitgeek notes 8/21/07
RE: Need Advice on Rehabilitating a Badly Abused Satin Doe
Good luck on your effort to rehabilitate this rabbit.
Although the teeth may not be misaligned due to poor nutrition. It may
be bad teeth.
Litters can take a lot out of a rabbit. I would put some electrolytes
and vitamin in the water.
I use the electrolytes/vitamin powder you buy for poultry, swine,
etc. I use 1/2 teaspoon to 5 gals of water. My rabbits are on water
bottles so I fill a 5 gal water cooler and fill from the bottle from
the little spigot because it's easier than using a hose. It's also
easy to mix electrolytes in the water cooler. I fill the water cooler
with a garden hose and spray nozzle.
(note: Ray Stacy recommends 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water)
If you use an auto water system may want to pre-mix the powder and
some water in a plastic bottle,shake it to mix, then pour the
concentrated liquid into your tank.
The water should look like pale yellow sports drink. When water starts
appearing clear again time to add more mix.
With that many problems, I would have the rabbit put down.
That girl should not be allowed in animal projects unless she gets a
mentor who can visit her animal to check on their welfare. It would be
better to keep her under the 4H umbrella and teach her proper animal
care then to chase her off. It's more work, but it would be better.
Have a good day!