How much has already been said about cute pets, but one can not fail to mention such a small animal as the rabbit Baran. Did you like this fluffy little ball? So you want to know more about keeping, breeding and caring for these cuties.
Rabbits of the Baran breed are animals of early meat trends, and are successfully bred in large and smaller farms. As the practice of livestock shows, they are very prolific, they live a long time and suffer little. Care for rabbits is the same as for their relatives of other breeds. Their maintenance is inexpensive, as they are moderate in food consumption. This breed received its unusual name due to the special shape of its face.
French sheep - ideal rabbits for meat production, and for life in the house. These animals ideally get on with children, they are well tamed.
This lop rabbit was bred in England. It was here in the 19th century that breeders focused on breeding animals with a modified ear shape. As a result, they have achieved that they bred the animal with "hanging" ears. Now these ushastiks everywhere live and are selected not only in England, but also in Germany, the USA, France, Holland.
These rabbits are the sweetest creatures! The representatives of the meat industry have a strong, wide, well-developed body, a squat landing. The body is approximately 70 cm in length. The head is large, with the nose slightly lowered downwards and, of course, the ears, which are touching almost to the ground. The length of the ears according to the norms of the breed can be up to 70 cm, but the width should be no more than 16-17 cm.
The weight of an adult female is 6 kg on average, an adult male is 7 kg. Colors in these wonderful creatures a lot. The most popular of all: gray, chinchilla, motley (pockmarked), black, white, yellow (sand), reed.
Inside the Baran breed there are several varieties depending on the place of their selection and appearance. There are seven varieties:
- Pygmy ram.
It is important to note that of all subspecies, only the rabbit Dwarf ram is kept exclusively as a pet. It belongs to the decorative breeds, has a funny appearance and miniature size.
How to breed?
The cultivation of French "sheep" begins with the crossing of mature individuals 5-6 months old. If you want to get healthy offspring, you only need to cross representatives of the same breed. When mixing mixed blood, crossbred individuals are born with the wrong ear position. They stick in different directions, and do not hang down as expected. Therefore, the tribe is considered "spoiled."
The process of mating, carrying and giving birth to babies in “rams” is the same as in any other rabbit. The number of calves in the litter usually ranges from 5 to 9. Young mothers are very caring, they always feed babies. In addition, all the "French" are very affectionate, walk well in their arms, remember their names well. The following video shows us the grown-up young “French” in various colors.
Care and maintenance
For decorative and for the usual "lambs" are very simple. Like other breeds, these fluffies live in cages for several individuals up to the age of 3 months. Males after seated and kept one by one. Pregnant females or already enrolled, with offspring, are also lodged in separate cells. Meat individuals slaughter an average of 2-3 years.
Feed the fluffy cuties should be the most simple feed: oats, wheat, corn. With pleasure they gnaw carrots and apples, sometimes they can crunch cabbage. In the summer, according to the standard of nutrition, dried herbs are also given to pets; in winter, hay and grass bundles, brooms. Small animals must be watered with clean water and make sure that animals always have it in stock.
In winter, babies and adult rabbits should be kept in rooms where there is no sub-zero temperature. Insulated sheds, greenhouses, summer kitchens are suitable for this purpose. If the pets walk on the frozen floor, they can easily freeze the tips of the ears, which often touch the ground. Young in the cold can begin to hurt and fall.
Breeders emphasize that quality care directly affects how much your domestic rabbits live. It also refers to decorative. High-quality food, full warning drafts, heated cells in the winter - that's all that animals need for a long life. Besides the fact that these rabbits are unpretentious in breeding, they also live for quite a long time.
According to reviews, the average life expectancy for which the rabbit French sheep can count is 10-12 years. For comparison, the domestic cat lives. In addition to longevity, the animals have an excellent docile nature, they are very gentle. Their nervous threshold is significantly lower than that of any other representatives of their own species. They can be worn for a long time on their hands.
Rabbit breeders express the opinion that such resistance to stress results from the specific shape of the ears. They hang down, closing the ear canal, which means the animal hears less and is less frightened.