This page provides an overview of the best rabbit drinkers. The page is periodically updated with new materials.
For some, small fluffy pets become loyal friends and fun for uplifting, while someone bred them for rabbit meat and valuable fur. Whatever your goals, in any case, a drinking bowl for rabbits is of great importance, which, when properly assembled, can significantly simplify the life of both a beginner and an experienced rabbit breeder. About what drinking bowls are, how to assemble it with your own hands and decently save, about their advantages and disadvantages, read on.
The importance of drinking bowls for rabbits
Permanent, regular access to water is important to any living creature, everyone knows about this since childhood. It is especially important to timely supply water to rabbits that are bred in cages and for this reason cannot independently search for it in wildlife. Drinking bowls serve precisely this purpose: both industrially produced and assembled handicrafts. Their types will be discussed in the next section, but for now it’s worth remembering well that a drinking bowl is extremely important. Why? The fact is that the irregular flow of pure water into the body of the animal in appearance will remain completely unnoticed. In fact, the pet will suffer: he will start dehydration and all the problems associated with this. These include poor health, a slowdown in growth, a slowdown in metabolic processes, and so on. That is why it is so important to provide rabbits with enough water.
Types of drinkers
There are several varieties of drinking bowls for rabbits that are time-tested, convenient, practical, widespread and inexpensive. Moreover, some of them can be easily made with your own hands.
All drinking bowls for rabbits can be divided into two parts:
- Drinking bowls for rabbits kept as pets.
- Drinking bowls for rabbits from farms.
This separation is caused by the features of their operation and the appropriateness of use as such.
Drinking bowls for rabbits kept as pets (in an apartment and a private house, as well as in nurseries raising future pets) include:
- Hanging drinking bowl with a ball;
- All kinds of plastic bowls.
Drinking bowls for rabbits from the farm can be divided into the following types:
Let’s consider each of them in more detail.
Hanging bowl with ball
Usually, a hanging plastic jar with a metal ball is used as a drinking bowl for domestic rabbits. Such a drinker for a rabbit can be attached to the rods of a cage. It is also suitable for guinea pigs, chinchillas, mice, rats, hamsters and other domestic animals. You can see how it looks in this photo:
My Angora Wushan had such a drinker. It is very convenient, does not get dirty, but it is of course necessary to wash it periodically. By the way, rabbits get used to such drinkers very quickly. Especially if you poke them several times with your nose into the ball, so that they understand where the water comes from and how to act.
The main disadvantage of such drinkers is the rapid pollution of water. Moreover, a rabbit can overturn or pour such water in it.
Vacuum drinking bowl for rabbits
To make a vacuum drinking bowl, it is enough to fix an inverted bottle of water over a bowl or cup; as the drinking tank is empty, water will be added automatically due to the vacuum effect. There are industrial varieties of such a drinking bowl, they differ from artisanal drinking in quality of workmanship, durability, beautiful appearance and, sometimes, the presence of heating, which will be discussed in the section with winter drinking bowls. This drinker has a lot of advantages:
- ease of manufacture;
- unpretentiousness in use;
- keeps the water clean;
- convenient for rabbits.
An adult rabbit, which belongs to large breeds of rabbits, drinks about a liter of water per day, and a vacuum drinker is quite capable of meeting its needs. Of its shortcomings, it can be noted that the lack of heating (not on all models) and the need to periodically fill it manually.
Nipple drinker for rabbits
The most “advanced” type of automatic drinking bowl for rabbits. It is more expensive, better in all respects, has winter heating and has no drawbacks. There are many varieties of its design; most often it is a fairly capacious reservoir, from which a network of tubes diverges for the simultaneous watering of all rabbits in the cage. Outwardly, it looks a bit like a pacifier for babies: a rabbit approaches a tube with a nipple, presses it with his tongue and drinks.
The water tank is absolutely airtight, which eliminates any contamination; This level of purity allows you to add drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements to the water. This type of drinking bowl can also be made artificially from practical and inexpensive materials: for this you will need a plastic bottle, a plastic or rubber tube, sealant, nipple and clamps. The process will be described in more detail below.
Bowl for rabbits
The easiest to manufacture and use, “dirty” and unpretentious way to water a rabbit. It can be either an ordinary bowl or a complex automatic drinker of a small size with a metal case. Among its advantages, first of all, simplicity: if the rabbit farm has just been assembled, the nipple drinker is not ready yet, and the rabbits need to be drunk now, the easiest way is to put a bowl of water for them. But everything else in it, alas, is flawed:
- garbage and pathogenic bacteria enter the water;
- rabbits periodically turn the dishes over;
- vitamins cannot be added to such water;
- our eared friends often confuse her with the toilet.
Some of these problems can be solved by periodic washing (more frequent than with other types of drinking bowls) and rigid fixation of dishes at the bottom of the cage. But this does not solve all the problems, and using a cup drinker is only at the very initial stage of the development of the rabbit farm.
Winter drinker for rabbits
This, strictly speaking, is not a type of drinking bowl, since winterizing is required for all of the above types. This is due to the fact that in winter the water in the tanks freezes, so they need to be insulated. The type and method of warming varies depending on which drinker it is applied to: cup, vacuum, nipple or automatic. There are several varieties of warming rabbit drinkers.
Here, in a nutshell, are the most common types of drinking bowls for rabbits. Now consider the sanitary requirements and quality criteria.
Drinking requirements and quality criteria
Now that we have examined the types of drinking bowls, it’s time to talk about the criteria for the quality of their performance and what kind of sanitary requirements are put forward to them. Why is it important? The fact is that rabbits are not stupid creatures, and they will not drink contaminated water. Moreover, when they realize that they are drunk poorly, they can decide to put a bowl in need! But even if the water is not dirty in appearance and has passed the “quality control” of rabbits, pathogenic bacteria can still get into it. So the well-being of eared pets can noticeably worsen.
To avoid all these unpleasant things, you need to choose a drinker in accordance with the following requirements:
- there is protection against dust and dirt;
- reliable fastening to the cell floor, to its walls or roof;
- provides all rabbits in the cage with water at the rate of one liter per adult per day;
- reliable and durable construction.
This list can be expanded depending on additional requirements, but the main “backbone” is listed above, without which it is better not to buy and do not drink.
As for the quality, it is important to remember a couple of details. Reliable assembly is good, but what if it looks clumsy? Nice design will please the eye for many years and clearly testify to the refined taste of the owner. And finally, briefly recall the main thing. The cup drinkers should be well fixed on the floor, they often need to change water and wash thoroughly with detergent. The nipple and vacuum must be properly assembled, all joints must be lubricated with sealant, the hoses must be securely fastened, and the electrical heating wiring must be insulated. As in any business, love of rabbits and attention to detail. this is what will allow you to make the best drinker for rabbits in the village!
So what is better. purchased or homemade? The advantages of the factory are obvious: in 95% of cases it is assembled efficiently, looks beautiful and will serve its purpose for many years. Do it yourself with a do-it-yourself drinker if you have gold hands, a limited budget, or both. However, there is also a "margin of safety" for those who do not handle the tool very well: you can simply put a bowl on the cage.
DIY cup drinker
The easiest option is to screw it to the floor with a self-tapping screw with a wide rubber washer for tight sealing. Remember that it must be at least 15 cm in diameter if one rabbit lives in the cage. To each. in a bowl!
DIY nipple drinker
Making a nipple drinker a lot harder, but worth it. For a relatively simple option, you will need:
It will be necessary to cut off the bottom of the bottle, then fix it back with electrical tape or stick a plastic cover of a suitable diameter. We fix the drinkers in the rabbitry with clamps, substitute the container, fill it with water, and you’re done!
So the review of the most common types of rabbit drinkers has come to an end. I hope that he helped to make a choice, to avoid unnecessary expenses for a drinker that does not suit you, and also to understand how important the timely supply of water with vitamins and dietary supplements is for your eared friend. By the way, do not forget: he will need to get used to the drinker! This is especially true for "unnatural" nipple drinkers, where rabbits have to lift their heads up. This is different from instinctual watering when any animal tends to lean down. Therefore, the first time it is better to look after them.
Love your furry pets, do the best for them, and let them be happy with you!