Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Treating Ear Mites

Treating Ear Mites

If you look in a rabbit ear and see a bunch of yellowish or brownish crusty crud, your rabbit probably has ear mites. Here is what you do.

Old school method - use a few drops of mineral oil in the ears each day to drown the mites. Keep it up for 10 days. Warning: Rabbit will shake head and sling droplets of oil an astonishing distance so have a towel ready to throw over the rabbit. Vegetable oil or olive oil could be used but be sure it is fresh, not old and rancid.

Modern method - Ivomec ivermectin 1% .018 cc per lb of live weight

Ivomec, ivermectin 1% (the product sold for cattle and horses)
The tested dosage for rabbits is 0.018 cc per lb of live weight

10 lbs is .18 cc
5 lbs is .09 cc

Inject under the skin between the shoulder blades of the rabbit.

Some people report good results by giving the solution orally to
the rabbit, squirting into the mouth by syringe with no needle.
This has not been researched clinically.

Some people report good results by squirting into the ear (ear mites)
with no needle. This has not been researched clinically.

Some people report good results squirting on the skin (fur mites).
This has not been researched clinically.

Repeat in 10-14 days to get the earmite eggs that hatch out. It would
be a good idea to treat all the rabbits in the herd at the same time.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pedigrees for 4H Rabbits

I encourage 4H members to buy pedigreed rabbits. Pedigreed rabbits offer the most flexibility for future breeding, registration, and possible resale. While a pedigree does not guarantee show quality, it will show what bloodlines are in the background. I have put in tickets for rabbits in the raffles at rabbit shows because the pedigrees showed the rabbit came from some of the area's top breeders. While the rabbit in question may have issues, it may have great potential because of its bloodlines. For example, one dutch buck we got in a raffle grew too big for show. But his body type and markings were excellent. He wound up siring a number of Grand Champions among his descendants. But it was the pedigree that told us what the potential might be.
 Have a good day!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yahtzee! and Poker

(photo Rios Coronado, Black Dutch Junior Buck)

My #3 son Oscar and I were talking about our old 4H meetings and how his knowledge of genetics comes from 4H rabbit projects. We used to play the dice game "Yahtzee" where you roll dice trying to fill in patterns on a score sheet. When you roll the first time you might get three dice with three showing. So you save your threes and roll the rest of the dice trying to get more threes. After playing a while, we started discussion how Genetics can be like that. We may be trying to get black Dutch rabbits. By breeding two black dutch we set the self gene (aa) and the black gene (B-). Those dice we saved. Now we roll the remaining dice (breed the rabbits) and wait for the result. Hopefully the markings will be in the right places. Sometimes a blue will pop out if there is blue in the background of both the buck and doe. That's part of the gamble when breeding for color.

Another game for teaching genetics involves playing cards and the game Poker. You hold a couple of cards and try to pick up better cards to make the desired winning hand. I tell people that bringing in outside blood is like mixing in another deck and trying to predict what cards will dealt out to the players. It takes a few games (generations) to pull out the cards (genes) that you don't want to have the genes that you want as the remaining cards. 

Have a good day!