Free Range Rabbit Colony

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 THE RABBIT COLONY & OUR MISSION

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THE RABBIT COLONY

A free range rabbit colony is when the rabbits are allowed to form colonies and create their own housing.  This is the best way to prevent many diseases.   Rabbits can get diseases when exposed to bird feces (chicken/duck) and cow feces. Some breeds of female rabbits prefer to burrow into the ground for protection and they live in small social units much like some humans live in together yet separately in apartment complexes.

The open range concept is superior to cages in so many ways beginning with building costs.

A free range rabbit colony is when the rabbits are allowed to form colonies and create their own housing.  This is the best way to prevent many diseases.   Rabbits can get diseases when exposed to bird feces (chicken/duck) and cow feces. Some breeds of female rabbits prefer to burrow into the ground for protection and they live in small social units much like some humans live in together yet separately in apartment complexes.

The planned colonies have several females and limited males (1 or 2 that get along).  It is possible for a  Free Range Rabbit Colony population to take care of itself without the usual intervention. But they need dry ground, enough land, protection from predators, proper food and the ability to escape their fecal matter. 

Outdoor colonies provide rabbits with fresh air, allowing them to feel almost as if they are living in the wild, and giving them freedom to dig and burrow (which most rabbits love to do). A colony tends to be less work to build. Your rabbits will be living in a more natural environment: it’s the more humane way to proceed. Rabbits are also able to better acclimate themselves during temperature extremes.

The most inherent characteristic of rabbits is its need to burrow, both to build a nest for birthing and a social network of underground tunnels and chambers. The does will usually dig out nesting burrows where the young are born before they kindle. The tunnels and chambers should be dry: rabbits will not thrive in damp conditions. Well drained warrens will not flood during times of heavy rainfall as this will result in the young rabbits drowning. Sometimes it is necessary to dig surface drains which led the water away from the mound’s surrounding ditch. Most rabbits are timid about swimming so the fenced-in moat provides a measure of rabbits digging their way out of their pen. Burrowing in flat ground should be stopped altogether.

It must be remembered that rabbits have little tolerance to heat, and are unable to maintain their body temperature when the ambient temperature reaches 30°C. This is a very limiting trait because most developing countries have tropical climates. The rabbit must find cooler conditions underground.

The very low thermo-tolerance of rabbits is a strong limiting factor against the use of cages. Rabbits kept in cages stop reproduction for nearly four months in the hot season.

Both the rabbits and the grasscutters do not have to engage in a permanent struggle for survival. Otherwise, the physiologically exhausted animal eventually can no longer defend itself and disease will break out. Most rabbitries in Benin were decimated in late 1995 by viral hemorrhagic disease as was the case in England centuries ago.

To overcome this problem man devised artificial mounds: these were the pillow mounds or buries. A group of between 6 and 25 pillow mounds was common. They were normally built length ways down a slope and surrounded by a drainage ditch which alleviated any risk of flooding.

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The pillow mound

A pillow mound like the one shown above  was in England. It’s that rounded mass, in the top middle part of the above photo. Under this mound, there are find several artificial runs and nests. Each mound will be surrounded by a shallow ditch which would provide water. The rabbits might just have had to build their own tunnels if no artificial dens were built.

There is no need for fences as shown because the rabbit fish colony is surrounded by a 10 m wide moat that is 1 m deep. The moat has an inside fence which would be difficult to dig under simply because it borders on water.

The main entrance to the rabbit pillow mound leads into the feeding area and a holding area, which is further protected by a strong fence. The rabbits may have their own private hovel but they will know how to access the main feeding manger. This feeding zone has a system of capturing the poo and pee of the rabbits, because they will never defecate inside their burrow.

The farmer then has merely to throw into each pillow area five rabbits, one male and four female all of breeding age.  He is then obliged to feed the rabbits and no doubt their burgeoning family with cut grass and other herbaceous material.  Pillows were often 10 to 40 meters (30’-60’) in length and 5 meters (15’) wide. The smallest mounds can be less than 6 meters in length, perhaps to help control disease.

Holes should be made a few meters apart. This is done by boring into the bank horizontally with a long planter’s spade to the distance of a yard, or at least out of arm’s-length. The rabbits will do the rest.

These artificial mounds are built in parallel lines about 100 meters (300’) apart. These are easily and quickly made. The mounds may be about 4m (12”) wide and about 1m (3’) above the ground line at the apex.

In order to form a pillow mound, we will dig the soil out of the outer ring for the runs and the side branches with their nests into the 4m (12’) space in the centre, which is 6 meters (18’) across altogether, forming a conical heap. These low, flat-topped mounds are up to a meter high.

A narrow trench is dug, with small ones branching from it on each side, but not opposite each other. Large slabs of turf are then cut, and with these the little trenches are covered. These slabs are supported by hardwood branches. The first spits of sod should be thrown loosely together, in as big lumps as possible, and about every meter (3’) or so, access should be provided to the center of the mound by holes formed by placing the first sods together.  Above this the earth should be piled loosely, until the desired height is obtained heaped into a mound of earth. A few holes are made for the rabbits to enter. The rabbits afterwards excavate the heaps to their own satisfaction, and they quickly take possession of their new abode.

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Earlier Underground Rabbit City

Around 2000 warrens are still scattered throughout England and Wales. The entire size of a warren was a width of 750 m and a length following a brook or stream for 1000 m: 185 acres. The field area designated in the warren was 10 acres: (142 m x 284 m) in which are located many pillow mounds.

Another technique involves laying drainage pipes (at least 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter) which lead to a nest box which is at least partially underground. You can dig down to lay the pipes, or put them on top of the ground, then cover them with dirt. Use the typical dimensions of the nest box (medium breeds at the least 16” x 10½” x 10” and large breeds 20” x 11½” x 10”) and the nest box should be constructed to be a close able box. You can create a nest box which can be opened on the top, so that you can easy access the kits and clean the area as needed. Large plastic tote buckets with lids can be converted for nesting boxes with an opening on its side, which are accessible from the surface and insulated above with hay.

An area with at least a small amount of shade is useful. Rabbits should always have shaded areas to retreat to, and direct sunlight can be quite deadly to them. If you have kits being born at temperatures over 80F, it is wise to remove them from the elements and bring them indoors somewhere. You can either bring the mother doe along for the ride. Heat stroke most often occurs at temperatures over 92°F.

Rabbit-Warren

The pillow mounds need to be on well drained.

You do not want your colonies to be too far away from your home base.  A poacher could easily cross the moat and break the fence located on the interior circumference of the moat. This is why we require both a security guard and his or her guard dogs.

It is still possible to be affected by an epidemic of myxomatosis, which could eradicate around 99% of the rabbit numbers. There are risks because disease will often spread quickly. You must always continue to monitor each rabbit every day for signs of illness. It is also more difficult to recognize if a rabbit has stopped eating or drinking since they share food and water receptacles. Record keeping can be much more complicated. For protection a roof should be built over the exposed upper opening of your colony like a chain-link fencing stretched across the opening.

The 1.5 acre rabbit fish colony farm will have enough space to truly pasture rabbits with fresh greens that have not yet been touched. You don’t need to bring them the food, chop it up for them or hang it from the ceiling. You can plant a garden: alfalfa, timothy, clover and various herbs are easy to grow along with natural African grasses.

There will be three such pillow mounds on the 1.5 acre colony farm 100 meters (300’) apart. At the end of each pillow mound, is the entrance made of a grill that captures any excrement. The feeding area with a long manger is placed just beyond this grill.

Rabbit-manger

With proper habitat management, it has been demonstrated that they can, in themselves, lead to population increases of as much as eight times the initial density of rabbits, depending on the situation. The normal optimum number of rabbits in an acre and a half would be 145 using cages. This underground artificial den allows for a tripling of that estimate.

Although chickens can produce more offspring per year they also require more care to raise. Based on the same amount of feed and water, a rabbit will produce six times the meat produced by a cow which makes it the most productive of all livestock.

Grasscutters

The free range concept makes it easier for both rabbits and grasscutters with the protection of a fenced moat which guarantees a healthier and happier more productive stress-free colony.  Depending on the ambient temperature, grasscutters rest either on top of or under a haystack or heap of dry grass.  Fodder tree provide leaves and shade. They are good swimmers so there is a small fence installed on the inside of the moat, which also keeps out the snakes. This same fence protects against any predator who wants to swim across the moat. There are additional security measures: an armed security guard, a watch dog, and a rooster that warns of any hawks.

Grasscutters  can stay in hutches. A single (double-cubicle) for sleeping and eating as an apartment for a family of grasscutter. New entrants are advised to start with two families. A family consists of one male to four females. Snakes are its biggest enemies. 

Livestock Guardian Dogs

The cheetah is viewed as a pest and described by many farmers as the biggest threat to livestock in Africa.  There are Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) breeds specifically for the task of protection.

You couldn’t raise a dog to be a rabbit guardian. LGD breeds were heavily culled for hundreds of years to perform a task in a landscape/environment. Your dog would need to sleep near or in the same paddock as the rabbits. They set up their perimeter by barking.  

Most protective problems are associated with poor attentiveness. One would never leave a working dog alone to protect a colony.  There is too much stress and it is too lonely for the dog, so there is a need for more than one dog.   

LGD-AkbashThe Akbash

The Akbash is primarily used as a livestock guardian dog. It is less aggressive to people than many other LGD breeds but very aggressive to wild predators and intruding dogs. The Akbash might be the breed of choice on range lands.

The Great PyreneesThe Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees

Also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, the Great Pyrenees is a dog breed that has been used as a livestock guard for centuries. This dog has a natural guarding instinct and it is very aggressive with any predator that may want to attack the colony. In addition, the Great Pyrenees can be trusted with young, small, and helpless rabbits, which are most prone to predation. Another upside of the Great Pyrenees is its nocturnal nature; it stays awake at night to protect the rabbits. So, predators cannot even take advantage of the darkness at night.

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The Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd

A muscular breed with a thick neck and sturdy body, this dog is large, rugged, and very strong. It has keen senses of sight and hearing, allowing it to protect livestock. In addition, it has great speed and agility, and it can catch up with any predator. Like other livestock guard dogs, the Anatolian shepherd can protect its master’s animals without human direction or assistance. The dogs live, eat and sleep with the colony.

The LGD Program imported 10 Anatolian Shepherds from Birinci Anatolians and the Livestock Guarding  Dog Association in the USA. One adult male, one male pup, one adult female and one female  pup, all of different lineage, were imported followed in six months by a further six pups, 2-4 months old and from five separate litters (two dogs were from separate lineages). After five years, over 120 dogs were in place on more than 75 farms. Dogs usually live for 10-12 years.

LGD- Rhodesian - Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgebacks

The Rhodesian Ridgebacks

They are uses as an LGD as one of their main original purposes but they have been bred more selectively for their hunting ability after their export from Africa. They are extremely heat tolerant.  Rhodesian ridgebacks are loyal, intelligent; a ridgeback will be more inclined to ignore, rather than challenge, a stranger.

We recommend choosing a pup from a  reputable  breeder  after  seeing  at  least  the  mother,  if  not  both  parents. LGDs can usually be expected to begin work when around one year old. Pups are given rabies vaccines, micro-chipped and started on rattlesnake anti-venom. All this, of course, adds to cost –in dollars and time– but saves much over problems which can arise later. 

The importance of human supervision for puppies is stressed as they are vulnerable when they are not yet physically and mentally mature.  Young dogs can suffer mental traumas while guarding  stock that  may prevent  them from  developing  the confidence necessary to become successful  adult  guardians.

Some attempts to introduce adult dogs to a colony failed. The effectiveness of individual dogs seems to be dependent on two variables: the lineage of the dog and, possibly more important, the attitude and expectations of the farmer involved.

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Christianity and Hinduism Differences

BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  

HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?

1. DELIVERANCE?

Some Christian disciples use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. 

2. COMPLETE SENSE OF PEACE?

After you have been delivered from evil influences, you will have a definite physical experience of a complete sense of peace.

3.  HEALING?

Once you experience a physical sense of peace because of deliverance, you know that you will be healed. This helps you build up your faith, which is very crucial: No faith! No healing!

Some Christian disciples have the gift of healing.   Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.

THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  shows a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

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HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel  lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.” 
  • Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.

Christianity on a Table Napkin:

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“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”                                                                                                                                     Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was, so that He could suffer in the flesh, and take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Savior – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.     Matthew 1:21  It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heart-broken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His hands.
To receive Jesus as your Savior… SAY:

Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive You as my Lord and Savior. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen
Your life will begin to change in an amazing way. Without expecting  anything, be sensitive to any dreams or visions. 

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                                     Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”.                                       Isaiah 1:18

You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in  the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising.  He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.

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