Nowadays rabbits are kept not only on farms, but also in city apartments. And, if a decorative animal, which is provided with everything necessary, usually lives in a city house, then in rural conditions it is often required to make some equipment yourself. For example, a do-it-yourself drinker for rabbits or a feeder is made. However, the design of such devices is important. After all, it should be not only reliable, but also inexpensive.
What are drinking bowls?
The simplest version of such a drinking bowl is a tin can fixed on the bars of a cage. Of course, this option has too many obvious flaws, so it only works as a temporary one. Another way to make a drinker for rabbits with your own hands is to use a regular plastic bottle. It is located horizontally and a hole of such a size is made in its upper part that the rabbit’s head freely passes there. Then the drinker is fixed on the walls of the cage and filled with water. Disadvantage: in order to replenish water supplies, you need to be inside the cage. And to clean it will be quite difficult.
Often rabbit breeders build an aviary for rabbits with their own hands. Then you must immediately provide for the device there feeders and drinking bowls for rodents, so that they are comfortable. Just keep in mind that in metal drinkers in cold weather, water can freeze. They recommend even in such weather to give rabbits not water, but snow, which they eat with pleasure. And then the animals will be healthy and cheerful, which is what their owner needs.
A guide on how to make a drinker for rabbits, chickens, geese and other birds with your own hands. With this drinker you can not worry about water for several days.
So you will need:
1. Plastic barrel
3. Water level float
We take the barrel, at a distance of 15-20 cm. From the bottom we make a hole with a diameter of 1-1.5 cm with a drill. We screw it into the hole, and from the inside of the barrel we pull it with a nut. First you need to prepare rubber gaskets so that water does not leak.
Raise the future drinking bowl above the ground, you can take a chair, table, nightstand just about anything, if only it is higher than the capacity from which your chickens, rabbits or whatever you drink there.
The other end of the hose is connected to the mechanism from the toilet barrel, having previously fixed it in a fixed position and so that the float level is in the desired position
That’s all, the drinker is ready. Now when the water level drops, the valve opens and your "farm" always receives fresh water.
Very often, breeders use canned tin cans as drinking bowls for rabbits, various bowls. ceramic, iron, and so on. In winter, if rabbits are kept outside, they snow instead of water. If rabbitry is warm, then the water in such drinkers is quickly polluted. In addition, rabbits often tip over drinking bowls and sit without water.
There is a very effective way to make such drinkers sustainable. Two loops of small diameter are vertically attached to the side wall of the cell. You can simply drive in the nails and bend them in the form of loops. A large nail is inserted into these loops. The upper end of the nail is held by its hat for the upper loop, and the lower end of the nail, passing through the lower loop, rests on the bottom of the drinker and holds it, preventing it from tipping over.
Also, to make a drinker with your own hands, you can use an asbestos-cement pipe of any length. The ends of the pipe are closed with cans and sealed with superglue. Small recesses are made on one side so that it is convenient for rabbits to drink. The drinker is attached to the door or side wall using wire.
Automatic drinker for rabbits
Surely many rabbit breeders are faced with the fact that their animals sometimes like to fight boredom in the cage. knocking over upside down drinkers. Of course, you can try to firmly fix them in the cages, but although I mentioned that rabbits are very neat animals, for some reason, if possible, they persistently try to put water in open drinking bowls with their droppings. I don’t see anything positive in this, such water quickly turns sour and becomes dangerous to drink animals.
At first, the only way out for me was to go to the rabbits more often and constantly add and change the water in the drinkers, but then I tried to make automatic drinker for rabbits. clog or knock over which they simply can not do.
Design automatic drinker for rabbits simple, and it is made from improvised materials.
- plastic bottle with a cap
- piece of thick rubber
- some tinplate
- several screws
First thing in the lid carefully make a round hole. to selected as a choke bolt passed into it with a small gap. Then, threading the bolt through the resulting hole, we wind the prepared valve made of rubber. It is convenient to drill a hole in the center of the valve for the bolt so that it can be tightly screwed into it.
As a matter of fact, the drinker is already ready, it remains to do holders. For this from tin or similar material, a pair of rings with fixing legs is cut out, for which we will screw the holders to the wall of the cage in the desired place.
Now we fill the bottle with fresh water, and install it in the holders with the lid down, as in the figure. A curious rabbit will soon realize what it costs touch the throttle. how it will be possible to quench thirst, but now he will no longer be able to betray his drinker or turn it over, and thereby save the rabbit breeder from many unpleasant troubles.