In the article we will tell how to make a sennik for rabbits with your own hands. Indeed, in the diet of animals must include fresh grass or hay. You can, of course, buy the appropriate device, but if you make your own manger, they will fully meet specific needs, rather than average standards. You will also learn why you need this type of feeders, and what they should be.
Why do we need nurseries
Senniki (or nursery) - a useful and life-facilitating device. It does not matter whether you have a pair of ornamental rabbits or a full-sized farm.
If you put the grass in the usual trough, the animals will spread it around the aviary, and it will turn into garbage. Having tasted some plant, rabbits will prefer it, and from the nursery you will have to eat everything that you have put.
The fight for food is tough, and the male is not always easy to let the rabbits to food. Large sennik allows everyone to get the positioned portion.
Digestion in rabbits is designed so that they begin to defecate as soon as they begin to chew. Place the nursery over the tray, and it will be much easier to clean the cage.
If you are going to leave for the weekend or you have a lot of animals and want to somehow optimize the feeding, a large sennik will give you that opportunity. Complete it, and within a few days your pet will be provided with food.
Variety of models
Senniki are divided into external (they are fixed outside on the mesh side or the door of the cell) and internal (located actually in the cells).
The form of the nursery can be rectangular or triangular. They are made both stationary and removable (mounted). Do not place them on the door of the cage with young: rabbits can arrange an escape while filling the feeder.
In rabbitries V-shaped structures are common. Often they serve as a partition for spacious double cells. This arrangement simplifies feeding and care, opening access to food from both sides at the same time.
In any case, a rabbit nursery should be safe and comfortable.
Before building a sennik, calculate all the necessary parameters. When determining the dimensions, consider the number of animals, the location of the nursery in the cage, the device of the pallet and feed.
How to make a sennik yourself
There is no need to search for special devices or complex tools. Depending on the material chosen for the sides and base, you may need:
- boards, beams, sheets of plywood or metal;
- fasteners (nails, wire, screws);
- a hammer, screwdriver or screwdriver;
- hacksaw or jigsaw;
- metal shears and wire cutters;
- marker or pencil and tape measure.
Before you begin, remove the dimensions of the rabbitry and prepare a drawing of future nurseries.
Treat all parts of the finished trough so that they cannot injure the animals.
Outside one way
To make an external one-sided grass feeder, use the above materials and tools.
Take a board or sheet of plywood and transfer to it the contours and dimensions of the parts. Sidewalls are preferable to do trapezoidal or triangular. From this design it will be more convenient for rabbits to get hay.
Saw the two marked sides and the central (outer) wall. Connect the elements obtained by screws. At the top of the ends of the feeder, make holes for fasteners and secure it to the mesh side of the cage. It remains to fill it with hay. If your creches are high and extend beyond the rabbit's roof, additionally provide them with a hinged lid to protect the feed from wind and precipitation.
Watch your pets for a few days, make sure they are accustomed to the innovation and eat the food offered in the senic. In the article "Feeders for rabbits," get acquainted with other types of designs.
Sennik inside the cell
One-sided nursery can be placed inside the cell. This is especially effective if the rabbitry is large and has many animals.
Measure the length of the wall, which you plan to put the sennik. This value will be the long side of your creche. The width is selected as needed, the height depends on the size of the cage and on whether a tray will be placed under the cage.
Mark two end walls, one longitudinal and bottom on the plywood sheet. Saw the parts and connect them with self-tapping screws. Take two pieces of timber, their length should correspond to the length of the manger. Attach them to the top and bottom of the open side of the resulting structure. They will serve as stiffeners and the basis for the grid.
Secure the mesh tightly. On the blind side of the nursery add fasteners for installation in the cage. Place the device in the aviary and fill it with grass or hay.
If you decide to make a double-sided sennik for rabbits, that is, a V-shaped intercellular feeder, you will have to work a little more. Below are the approximate dimensions.
Take a bar or board 10–15 cm wide. Mark out the details of the future sennik. You should have four sides 40 cm long and three longitudinal ribs (one bottom and two top) 50 cm each.
Rabbits will get their hay through the mesh walls of the feeder. To do this, cut two rectangles of 30x40 cm from the grid.
Connect two short lateral ribs with a long P-shaped by screws or nails. Repeat the resulting element. Finish the finished parts with a base at an angle of 45 degrees. From the end, the design will look like an English V. Attach the mesh to the sides of the feeder. Is done.
Use only safe materials. Old pieces of wood, impregnated with wood stain or painted, can be dangerous for your pets.
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