In the cold season there is a need to heat the mother liquor for rabbits. Females are fertile and can produce offspring several times a year. Therefore, they need to create a comfortable living environment with the young and in winter and summer. The whole construction is simple and does not require special knowledge. You can build it yourself with the use of heating elements. In finished form, it is useful for several seasons.
From hay and wool
The mother liquor for rabbits is a box that joins a cage. In it the bunny settles down a nest in front of the circle. For this, she uses her own wool and hay. The female recreates a kind of mink, in which she will be calm and safe. In this capacity, childbirth and rearing of the pups will occur.
For convenience, a hole can be made in the box, which will serve as the entrance to the cell. Hand-assembled, it can have a removable design. The mother liquor is usually small. It is an addition to a simple cage for content. If the area of the nest is too spacious, then the rabbits in the same place will defend the need, confusing the room with a regular cage.
You can build a small queen, only for rabbits. But the average size (55x30x35 cm) is the most optimal, especially for beginners in rabbit breeding. Already in the process of breeding, you can choose the best area for the box, given the size and fecundity of the female.
You can purchase ready-made queen cells, but most often they are immediately completely bonded to the cage (non-removable). For such structures is much more difficult to care for.
How to collect houses for rabbits with rabbits and what materials to choose, you can read in the article "How to make queens for rabbits."
In rabbitry need to maintain a constant air temperature. This is required to create a comfortable environment in which rabbits can grow and breed and still feel good. For the mother liquor and common cells, the optimum is +15 degrees.
If it is very cold, then all the energy of the animals will go to warm up. This leads to exhaustion and to various diseases. Therefore, in the cold season, it is desirable to make heating of all cells.
It is not always possible to warm the whole rabbit farm. In this case, all heat is sent only to the cells and mother liquor. Thus, comfortable growth conditions are created for rabbit young.
With that, the queen cells are built with heating, very often they make additional warming. This sawdust, which fall asleep in the voids between the walls. The box should not have gaps through which warm air will escape.
Heat with thermofilm
In order to make a warm mother of rabbit you will need an infrared thermofilm with your own hands. This option can be called a budget, because the material is used only for a particular cell or nest.
Thermofilm set under the bottom of the mother liquor, thereby heating only him, and not the whole room rabbitry. This is a significant savings on the product itself and on electricity.
When installing such an element (film), the mother liquor must be equipped so that heat is retained in it. It all depends on how well built the place for the nest (without cracks, with insulation). The very same thermal film works when the graphite strips begin to produce heat. They are connected at the edges with tires (copper parts). It is to them through the wires voltage is applied to 220 V.
For the device you will need: infrared film (power 140-150 W / sq. M), wires, a soldering iron, a knife, adhesive tape, plywood, slats, an insulating layer with foil.
To organize the heating of the queen cells, you need to follow this procedure:
- take a thermal film, the size of the floor of the mother liquor;
- two edges of conductive strips (copper "tires") that are on one side are freed from insulation with a knife (the strip is not soldered to a soft surface, and the knife between them enters freely);
- on the places freed from insulation, wires are soldered and insulated with adhesive tape;
- on the other side, the two edges of the conductive strips also need to be insulated with adhesive tape;
- if necessary, you can include a thermostat in the product that will allow you to adjust the temperature (if the film has a heating level, then this is not necessary);
- the thermal film is fixed on a piece of plywood, the size of the mother liquor, and between them is laid an insulating layer with foil;
- 2-3 rails should be fastened from the top across the graphite strips so that the bottom of the mother liquor does not come into contact with the film (there must be an air gap).
When the design is ready, it can be installed in the right place and put the mother liquor on top. Wires are routed and plugged into the outlet. If necessary, all parts are dismantled and cleaned from contamination.
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