As mentioned above, the presence of a sufficient amount of water is a necessary condition for the full development of rabbits. It is important to correctly install the drinker so that the animal could not turn it over. In this regard, ordinary bowls may not be the best way out. If it was decided to make drinkers with your own hands at home, you need to follow some rules.
First of all, it is necessary to ensure the possibility of free access so that there are no problems with replenishing the liquid, as well as washing and cleaning the device. The container should contain at least a liter of water, this dose should be enough for the pet. The fluid must be protected from dirt and dust.
In addition, you need to take care of the correct and reliable fixation of the drinker in the cage, since rabbits are quite active animals and can easily turn containers. You should think about the comfort of animals. they should not have problems with access to water and using the device. If the liquid is in an open, even well-fixed, bowl, the animal can begin to use the container as a toilet, and spoiled water can harm the pet, so long monitoring will be required.
To summarize, the following should be noted. The drinker should be comfortable for the animal and convenient for the owner, contain at least a daily norm of water for the rabbit, minimize the ingress of dirt, wool and debris, and also be firmly fixed. The implementation of these rules is easy to control, and the animal will be constantly provided with the necessary amount of fluid.
Tools and materials
There are various varieties of drinking bowls for rabbits. In order to make them yourself, in each case, certain tools and materials will be required. A cup drinking bowl is the easiest option, it does not require special skills for its manufacture and even improvised tools are suitable. You can even use household utensils such as bowls and cups. The main thing is how to fix the subject.
A drinking bowl of various types can be made by taking as a basis an ordinary bottle of plastic of the right size. You can put various mechanisms inside. In addition, it is easy to work with plastic material, as it is perfectly cut and is present in almost every home. For self-made drip drinkers useful:
- plastic bottle;
- base from ordinary pen for writing;
- a ball or bolt that fits in the handle;
- universal glue.
Most of the difficulties arise in the owners of animals in the manufacture of an automatic water supply system. It will require:
- plastic tubes that can be replaced with a rubber hose if desired;
- capacity under the tank, containing from 5 to 10 liters of water;
- nipples by the number of cells;
- small light ball.
The main tank is connected to the tubes, at the end of which nipples are fixed, and a ball is placed in the tank to control the water level.
How to make a drinker for rabbits?
The owner of the animals can use the drawings, expert advice, find information on websites on the Internet or special literature. Let’s talk about the most simple, affordable and popular manufacturing methods. If there are few animals, a cup-type drinker is quite suitable. However, it should be noted minuses. If the bowl is not properly fixed, active animals quickly overturn it.
The wet floor in the cage and humidity create ideal conditions for the development of microorganisms and pathogenic bacteria, which, in turn, can cause serious diseases in rabbits. And if the bowl is open, it means that the ingress of dirt and debris into the water is in no way limited.
Almost all owners ask themselves how to provide animals with drinking water in the winter. You can build a drinking bowl with heating, or you can exclude the installation of heating mechanisms. To do this, it is necessary to insulate the container on all sides in order to create a kind of thermos that can retain heat inside.
The tank must hold at least a liter of water. Part of the structure needs to be placed in a cage with an animal, since it will be warmer there in winter than outside.
If we are talking about a more complex design, you need to do the following. A boiler is welded into the mechanical container, which can be replaced by a heating element, and you also need to install a nipple. So that the water does not freeze, it is necessary to control the process and periodically turn on the heating mechanism. It will be a little easier to make a heated drinker with a bucket and heater. In any case, it will be necessary to exclude the possibility of damage to the cable by rabbits, otherwise this incident can threaten more unpleasant consequences.
Rabbit breeders can offer other original ideas for arranging drinking bowls. For example, the use of a sewer pipe to create it. This is a fairly simple process, the pipe is fixed on the cell, and its ends are carefully clogged. For this, you can use, for example, cans.
Nipple drinkers are often chosen by the owners of rabbits. They are great for animals, in addition, do not cause difficulties in their independent manufacture. The principle of operation is quite simple: the animal presses the nipple ball with its tongue, thereby causing liquid to enter directly into the mouth. Water itself enters the tube from the main tank. It should be noted design minuses. In winter, the nipple tube quickly freezes, which means that the animal will not be able to get the desired fluid. In addition, the device is quite difficult to make on its own, and buying a tube requires certain financial costs.
But there are many advantages in this method. For example, the animal touches the nipple only with the tongue, so the water in the tank always remains fresh and clean, dirt does not get there. Further, the liquid level is visible through the tank, which allows you to replenish it in a timely manner. In addition, the flow of water occurs as economically as possible, it does not spill and does not leak. And finally, the design can be created with your own hands, using materials that are unnecessary in everyday life. As for self-manufacturing, it is necessary to take into account some points. First you need to take care of the materials that will be required for the job.
These are the following details:
- plastic bottle;
- the nipple itself;
- means for fixing the device, which can be used as a wire or special fasteners;
- plastic or silicone cover;
A vacuum drinking bowl is the simplest type of device to manufacture that does not cause much difficulty in its creation and does not require special skills. The general point is that the bottle is filled with water, covered with a container from which the animal will drink, and turned upside down. All the water from the bottle will not pour out, but only part of it, until the neck is below the water level in the drinker.
As for the drawbacks, among them it is possible to freeze the liquid in the winter, tipping the bottle in the absence of additional fixation, as well as dirt and debris can get into the open bowl of the drinker. Among the advantages are simplicity and maximum speed of manufacture and use. A vacuum drinker from a regular plastic bottle is a cost-effective solution, since such a container is available in every home. Before starting work, prepare materials. Would need:
- hot glue;
- 2 plastic bottles with a wide neck, for example, from under milk or kefir;
- screwdriver or drill.
First, one of the bottles must be cut off the bottom, the container itself is no longer required. As a result, one whole bottle and the bottom of the second is on hand. On the neck of the bottle and on its cap with a drill or screwdriver, a sufficient number of small diameter holes are made through which water will flow into the drinker. The top of the lid is fixed with hot glue exactly in the center of the bottom of the second bottle and dried thoroughly.
After all the manipulations, you should fill the bottle with water, removing the cap, then put it in place and turn it over. We must not forget about the reliable fastening of the device in the cage.
How to install it?
Making a drinker for a rabbit is not enough. An important point is its installation in the animal’s dwelling and reliable fastening, because when overturning, all efforts will go down the drain. An important factor is the calculation of the height of the device. To do this, you need to observe the animal and evaluate its comfort when using a drinker. The curved neck indicates that the eared one has certain difficulties in accessing water, so the location should be changed.
It is advisable to install a container of water outside the cage, in which case it will be problematic for the rodent to get in and spoil it. A tube with a nipple is placed inside. So that it does not get dirty, the height from the floor should be at least 10 centimeters.