Rabbit breed White Giant
A snow-white rabbit The White Giant is contained in many as a source of a snow-white skin and very tender meat, however a considerable number of people give birth to this eared animal and as a pet to an apartment.
In fact, this type of furry is more suitable for farming than for decorating the house. But if you raise a little albino rabbit from childhood, he will become a favorite of the whole family. These eared rodents are peaceful and can be proud of their external attractiveness.
White Giant Rabbit
About the White Giants
The breed of rabbits The White Giant was bred by German and Belgian breeders in the 20s of the last century, taking the Belgian giant species as a large meat representative of rodents. The Belgians had some shortcomings, in the process of elimination of which the White Giant rabbits appeared.
But do not think that this is a natural mutation of the normal type of pussies. In fact, this type of rodent can rightfully claim the title of a unique breed. Appearance, the level of rapid adaptation and the excellent quality of their products (fur, meat) make this breed the best choice for farming.
The White Giant for his snow-white fur is still called a giant albino.
In the process of crossing, gray chinchilla rabbits and Gray Giants were taken, careful selection was made among the resulting offspring, and the animals were provided with the most useful diet for their growth and development.
As a result, at the genetic level of the White Giants breed, chinchillas secured high-quality fur, and the Gray Giants - large sizes. So the individual came up the rabbit White Giant.
Rabbits of breed White and Gray Giant have established themselves due to their calm temperament, good looks and unpretentious nature. The white giant rabbit in the photo looks like a plush decorative toy.
Description of rabbits White Giant is already enclosed in the name of the breed. In the fur color of these representatives there are no impurities of other colors, exceptionally white, while the coat is quite dense, thick, smooth and pleasant to the touch.
The characteristic of the appearance standard of these eared rodents includes the main pedigree features:
- animals have a strong stocky constitution,
- the body is slightly elongated, reaches up to 0.6 m, with a deep chest in a girth of up to 38 cm, rounded croup, a straight and wide dorsal region,
- wide set straight legs
- the length of straight and wide, rounded at the ends of the ears - at least a quarter of the dimensional length of the body,
- the color of the eye iris is red, without inclusions and impurities, only European and English White Giants have blue eyes.
Despite the fact that the majority of representatives of white giants are broad-chested, rabbits with a smaller constitution are also found, they weigh less, however, narrow-bodied animals are not culled because they also have a pronounced muscular system.
In females, a second chin appears with age, which indicates its full development and good nutrition.
The growth of White Giant rabbits occurs throughout almost the entire period of their life, and the weight of the animals changes. At the age of 2 months, rabbits weigh up to 2 kg, by 3 months gain 3 kg, in 4 months their weight is up to 4 kg.
Depending on the gained body weight, all white giants are divided into 3 main breed classes:
- elite, where giants with a weight of about 5.8 kg fall,
- the first, which includes representatives who have gained weight up to 5.3 kg,
- the second, which includes rabbits, whose weight is up to 4.8 kg.
In the description, in photos and videos, the White Giants in appearance are similar to their colored Flanders, they are only inferior to this breed of rabbits in size, but they are most accurate.
The habits of the White Giants and their nutrition
The White Giant breed has its own behavioral characteristics. So, many of the white rabbits are able to fall into a stupor: freeze in one position, keeping their eyes fixed on one point and swinging slightly from side to side. For inexperienced breeders, this comes as a real surprise, many attribute this breed feature to a psychological disorder in the animal, but in reality it does not have any culling defects and does not affect the health of the animal itself or its offspring.
Peace-loving rabbits of the White Giant breed are quite sociable in communication with humans, because their owners are often called intellectuals.
White giants can give priority to ready-made feeds as food, but, as practice shows, the most advantageous option for feeding large rabbits will be natural food prepared independently. Given that the breed is unpretentious in nutrition and has excellent appetite, the following can be included in the diet:
- fresh grass (the tops are also suitable),
- vegetable crops (carrots, corncobs, salads, pumpkin and different varieties of cabbage),
- dried hay
Some owners have adapted to prepare vinaigrettes for the White Giants, among which the ingredients are vegetable and fruit waste. They are boiled for 2 hours, cooled and given to the animals in the form of a salad, without liquid.
Dandelions are a real treat for the white giant.
In the summer season, natural pastures become a feeding ground for the White Giants. In the spring, it is recommended to mix vitamin supplements into White's diet in order to avoid vitamin deficiency. In order to maintain the normal functioning of the digestive system of rabbits throughout the year, they will be able to use tough foods, for which many people choose crackers.
The intricacies of cell dilution and maintenance
Among the advantages of cell breeding and keeping White Giants in farm conditions, their dense fur is distinguished, which saves animals from hypothermia in cold seasons. For this reason, many farmers do not insulate the cages for keeping rabbits, it is worth ensuring only the absence of drafts, which pets of any age are so afraid of.
A cage for breeding is selected spacious, not restricting the movement of animals.
Due to the large weight of the White Giants breed, corns and various etiologies of dermatitis on the paws are often noted, therefore it is recommended to cover the floor in the cage with smooth material, preferably wood.
The most suitable place for the location of cells during the breeding and maintenance of giants would be a shadow place where the sun's rays would not fall.
How much are the representatives of the described breed?
White Giants are sold for breeding at an average price. Flanders cost the same amount - from 2500 rubles. The price of young animals in some regions starts at 1000 rubles.
The rules for keeping the breed as decorative in home (apartment) conditions are similar to those on a private farm and also requires cages for living, shelves and feeders, which are suitable for ordinary bowls. Of course, decorative pets need proper care, including timely cleaning and vaccination.
Provision of queen cells
One of the advantages of the Giants breed, which is noted by farmers, is the preservation in most cases of the rabbit's offspring, therefore the offspring are not quickly separated from it, but they are kept until the babies reach the age of 2 months. It is worth considering the peculiarity of the White Giant breed, the female rabbit requires comfort and a feeling of full protection for herself and the baby. To this end, the mother of the White Giant will need a mother liquor. The White Giants are inherent in aggression only if in the first three days after the rounding a person is trying to see or touch the offspring.
Okrol usually numbers up to 7-9 rabbits.
For a large rabbit, the mother queen under the rabbits should be built at least 0.35-0.4 m in height, 0.6 m in length and from 0.3 m in width. They do it a week - 10 days before the time of the okrol. It is also worth remembering that the mother liquor is not just an adaptation into the cell. It must meet certain characteristics: convenience, safety, warmth, comfort.