Well, it's that time of the year again for many of us...hot summer weather and all that. (Now, those of you in WI who just got all the snow, be quiet, ok? ) Since we have so many new rabbit folks on the board lately, I thought it might be a good idea to post some basic summer care ideas. Pitch in! 1. Keep an eye on those rabbits over the summer...watch for heat stroke and other summer health problems. Close observation can catch a lot of problems before they get serious. 2. Check your nestboxes EVERY day, maybe even twice a day. You really don't want dead kits sitting in there very long. Hot weather means that things decompose very fast...and you wouldn't believe how fast the flies will come. 3. Speaking of flies, keep the area underneath your cages DRY, and clean it out often. That'll really help with fly problems. 4. To help keep your rabbits cool, try filling pop bottles 2/3 full with water and freezing them. Many of my rabbits enjoy cuddling up to the frozen bottles and it really seems to help them. I've put bottles in the nestboxes with older kits too. When traveling, you can also take smaller 2-liter bottles and put them in your carriers. Setting up a fan to blow air through your rabbit housing will also help. 5. Check for sore hocks and give your rabbits resting boards if you see problems...for some reason, the rabbits seem to have more problems with that in the summer. That's by no means a complete list, so if you have an idea, please share.