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    • Colony Housing
      This topic should be used exclusively for the discussion of housing colony rabbits. To save everyone the pain of reading the same questions a billion times: Spacing Formula: 2 square feet per pound of doe, 1 square foot per pound of buck, and 2 square feet per growout grown to five pounds. How to Calculate Spacing Define your space (put up your fence, or choose an enclosed location), along one side add in all of your "stuff." One hide per adult rabbit plus one extra, feeder(s), waterer(s), logs, stumps, buckets, etc. Whatever you intend to be a permanent fixture in the colony, put it all on one side (do not stack it, make sure everything is taking up space on the floor). Now, measure the EMPTY space. That is how much room your rabbits will have. You may find it necessary to reduce the number of rabbits you add to the colony to accommodate the space each rabbit needs (as calculated by the spacing formula). Other options might include expanding the area, or removing growouts to another area to grow. There is no such thing as "too much" space for colony rabbits, but too little becomes very obvious very quickly due to fighting, disease, and failure to thrive. Do yourself a favor and figure it all out before you put the first rabbit in.
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    • Colony Breeding
      All topics related to breeding in a colony, such as (but not limited to):  
      • Hand breeding or natural cover
      • Doe selection
      • Buck Selection
      • Record Keeping
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    • Production Colony Health
      All topics related to colony health including coccidia, pin worm, fur/ear mites, sore hocks, Treponema cuniculi (VD), Encephalitozoon cuniculi, weight issues, enteritis, etc.
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    • Colony Rabbit Nutrition
      Topics related to the feeding and nutritional requirements of production rabbits in colonies. Intended to include all manner of feeding programs, from pellets to foraged feeds and everything in between.
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    • Colony Rabbit Buyers/Marketing Opportunities
      This forum should contain topics sharing contact information of known and verified buyers of rabbits produced in colonies (all such posts MUST include the name and phone number of the buyer, as well as any relevant details pertaining to what rabbits they are willing to buy such as "only white," "only New Zealand white," "only breeding stock," etc.)   This forum should also be used as a place to share marketing opportunities. If you have an advertising method that works for you, or maybe even more customers than you can handle, please feel free to share the details here!
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    • Colony Rabbit Resources
      This forum will be used to share colony rabbit resources such as peer reviewed research, building plans, etc.
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