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Old 04/02/13, 08:55 PM
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Buns won't drink from water bottle

I have the Lexit water bottles and I have 2 three month old rabbits that just can't seem to get the hang of them. There are three buns together in the same cage and the third drinks from it just fine. The other 2 wait for it to drink then rush over and lick it's chin trying to get a drink. When that bun leaves they stay there licking the metal tube and the cage wire trying to find any water that they can. I have a small crock in with them that I have to fill several times a day just so I can be sure they are drinking. I tried taking the crock out over night several times and they are pretty thirsty by morning. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04/03/13, 06:31 PM
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not sure but maybe soaking the hay/greens you are hopefully giving them will add to their overall water consumption. i'm surprised they aren't learning from seeing the first little one do it. maybe add another bottle at a lower height? or higher? just a thought.

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Old 04/03/13, 07:33 PM
 
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try a little dab of peanut butter on the tip of the bottle, while the 3rd rabbit is out of the cage. They should get the hang of it soon.

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Old 04/03/13, 07:46 PM
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activate the nipple just enough for a drop to hang off the end while they are doing the mad licking routine, maybe they'll go for it and figure it out.

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Old 04/03/13, 08:16 PM
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I'm going to try the peanut butter trick just as soon as my new cages arrive. In the mean time I'll continue filling their little crock so they don't go thirsty. Many thanks for the replies!

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Old 04/04/13, 08:20 AM
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Get a bigger crock- some rabbits just don't like the water bottles and will refuse to use it. Almost lost a Flemish Giant buck years ago, he refused to use the water bottle, got rather dehydrated, had to have a crock.

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Old 04/04/13, 11:53 AM
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I would let them get good and thirsty, then hold their mouth over the nozzle until they start lapping it up. Once they figure out that's where the water comes from they will start chewing/licking it until they figure it out. When I have a stubborn lamb who just wont take the bottle, I sit there and hold the nipple in their mouth and let them chew on it and eventually they figure it out. The peanut butter is also a very good idea.

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I have a doe who never has learned to drink out of a bottle. Her babies drink from it...but she has to have a bowl.

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I use crocks. The nipples on the bottle freeze too quickly. We don't get above freezing til nearly june at night here. The bottles are not worth it. I use large plastic water crocks and fill a bucket with hot water. Drop the iced over water intot he bucket and the ice block falls out cools the water to a drinkable temp. Actually the rabbits love the warm water and if it's steaming they run right over for a drink before it cools off, even if they have liquid water available.

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I use crocks. The nipples on the bottle freeze too quickly. We don't get above freezing til nearly june at night here. The bottles are not worth it. I use large plastic water crocks and fill a bucket with hot water. Drop the iced over water intot he bucket and the ice block falls out cools the water to a drinkable temp. Actually the rabbits love the warm water and if it's steaming they run right over for a drink before it cools off, even if they have liquid water available.
Mine are the same way...I use bottles but the buns are in the garage so only freeze up a few days a year and at night. I put warm water in morning and night. They LOVE it warm and all you hear is rabbits drinking for a few minutes after I put it in...even if they weren't frozen to begin with. hehehe maybe it is equivalent to our early morning cuppa jo or tea or cocoa!! My horses do the same thing cept they sip...kinda funny watching them sip hot water.
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