This years woolfest was a great success and the National Angora Club was there with a whole range of natural Angora rabbit products from their members. A few images below of the stand and a thank you to Leslie and Sandra for all their work on the stand.
You will need to take extra care this summer with your Angora rabbits due to the continued good weather we are having in parts of the UK. High summer temperatures can cause severe dehydration, over heating and health problems for animals especially woolly ones.
Top 10 approaches to keeping your Angora rabbits cool in hot weather:
- Clip them to remove the large long coats
- Use frozen bottles of water or frozen pads so they can sit by them to cool down
- Hang a wet towel in front of their cage or cover part of the hutch with a wet towel
- Ensure they are in a shaded location or add additional shade netting to the area and if necessary move hutches into the shade area if possible
- Ensure good ventilation and use additional fans to aid with moving air if possible
- Put them in larger more open cages
- Reduce the bedding down
- Provide a cooler surface for them to lie on like wire
- Provide more water bottles and you could put a ceramic bowl in as well
- Refresh water bottles with cold water throughout the day
Yvonne Hobbs Fothergill with her under 4 month old White doe, Best in Show in the 1* show judged by Rob Banks.
Grindey and Banks with their under 5 month White doe, Best in Show in the Open and also in the 3* stock show judged by Christine Hamilton.
You will need to be a member of the British rabbit council The British Rabbit Council.
Visitors to Staffordshire’s Wool @ J13 festival on 18 & 19 May 2019 can expect heaps of wool and yarn-related fun this year – including challenges aimed at getting visitors to pick up some needles and give knitting a try.
Spring time and time to check your rabbits are fit for the summer to come. Litters should be appearing. Take doe out check her for health and milk, and check nest, remove and dead or injured babies.
If your rabbit doesn’t come forward for its feed, time to check for problem teeth, worms or any other obvious problems. This time of year if it’s warm during the day, mites are about. Time to check backs of necks for knots or any obvious signs of scratching. Clip knots and treat with ivomec. Check again in a week.