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My set up is kind of interesting, because I live in the city, but there is a barn on my property.
When I asked the wonderful people at RabbitTalk.com about the most important issues in barn management, the first response mentioned proper ventilation. Proper ventilation can help to ward off many illnesses that may ravage your rabbitry. Although my barn has three windows, the windows face East, and South, with the winds blowing West, and another structure within 20 feet of the barn. With just the windows I had a hard time with getting fresh air. I now leave the door open during the day, and I placed a privacy fence around the door to protect the rabbits from the noon sun. Three fans create a breeze most of the day when the temps are above 78F.
My first major sanitation task was to get rid of the flies that seem to swarm around the house very year.
Ok, so the flies are gone, not totally and not with out some daily work, but there are no longer clouds of flies on the carport or in the windows.
First, I was changing and rinsing the pans once a week, sweeping, hanging fly traps and sticky tape, leaving vanilla scented air fresheners in the barn.
Here's what I did differently.
1. I exchanged the wood shavings for peat moss.
2. I stopped emptying the water crocks into the trays and started taking them outside to pour and rinse.
3. I took the crocks away and everyone got bottles.
4. I replaced every dish with a J feeder, (I have ones that have metal punched screen not wire mesh).
5. I bought the horse spray, sprayed it on dogs, sides of doors, post, window screens.
6. I found the barn lime and I sprinkle it in the corners behind the stackers, just in case.
7. I bought a pyrethrin livestock powder, and I powder the trays with a top coat.
I am a bit worried that the powder may cause a problem with the dogs, but to be honest, I probably should do more to keep the dogs from eating the bunny poo out of the tubs anyway.
This is very effective, the flies dropped from more than 75 to 5 or six within hours. I hope it's relatively safe.
P.S. I am getting rid of the livestock powder in the routing, as I was advised that it might not be good to use that manure in my vegetable garden. The would certainly be a waste, so all of the pans containing the powder were emptied into the ornamental gardens. I am putting a heavier layer of lime in the pans, and eventually some Red Earth Diatomaceous Earth.
As of 11/12, I've unstacked two to of the stacker cages, and created a drop board system. It's still in the preliminary stages, but it sure is easier than carrying heavy metal pans. I borrowed the idea from Spring Creek Gems http://natureschild.net/SCG/barn.html. I'm hoping to modify the other shelves before 1/2012.
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