Belgian Rabbits are native to Belgium and are a well-known breed of meat rabbits.
Morphological characteristics of Belgian Rabbits
It is a breed of meat rabbit, so it will be larger than the average domestic rabbit, especially the adult Belgian Rabbit, which weighs 7-8kg. This Rabbit eats a lot and is not suitable for domestic pets. Many Belgian Rabbits are raised in rural areas as economic animals.
The Belgian Rabbit’s coat is yellowish brown or chestnut color, the tip is slightly black, the abdomen is gray, there are irregular white circles around the eyes, and the ear tips have black shiny edges. The eyes are black, the ears are large and erect, slightly inclined to the sides, the cheeks are prominent, the forehead is wide and round, and the nasal bones are raised, similar to the head of a horse, commonly known as “horse rabbit”.
The Belgian Rabbit looks exactly like a hare, with a dark red, yellowish-brown or flax-colored coat, large body, and long limbs. The eyes are dark brown, the ears are long and erect, with shiny black burrs. The inside of the tail is black and the coat is tough.
They have wide ears and stand erect, slightly inclined to the sides. The head is thick, the cheeks are prominent, the forehead is wide and round, and the bridge of the nose is raised. Long body, strong limbs, well-developed hindquarters. This is the characteristic of a rabbit for meat.
Main Feeding Points of Belgian Rabbit
In terms of food selection, Belgian Rabbits can follow two principles. The first is to ensure comprehensive nutrition, and the second is to control breeding costs. For economic rabbits, they are not raised at all costs like pet rabbits, so they are often raised. According to the situation, the households will mix some concentrated feed by themselves.
- The staple food of rabbits should be pasture: For the herbivorous Belgian rabbits, pasture is an indispensable staple food. Its high content of crude fiber, protein, and amino acids are excellent food. The rich crude fiber not only helps the Belgian rabbit’s large and long digestive tract peristalsis, but also effectively avoids the occurrence of diseases in the digestive tract. At the same time, it can also play a role in grinding teeth, because this rabbit’s teeth are always growing for life, so molar teeth are very important for Belgian rabbits.
- When raising rabbits, you can add some concentrated feed: appropriate supply can balance the nutrition of Belgian rabbits and supplement the daily energy, protein, fat, minerals, amino acids, etc. At the same time, it also has a certain molar effect. Excessive consumption can easily cause soft stools and digestive system problems. The rabbit doctor recommends that the daily feeding amount of rabbit food for young rabbits is 3 to 5% of the baby rabbit’s body weight.
- Clean drinking water is necessary: it must be boiled water or mineral water or purified water. It is best to provide fresh boiled water within 24 hours. Unlimited supply is required. Please provide a special ball kettle for the Belgian rabbit. Fill water to prevent stomatitis from occurring.
- Some appetizing snacks can choose green fodder: young rabbits (1-6 months old) have weak gastrointestinal tract, so feeding is not recommended. Edible greens include lettuce, celery, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, etc. Fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, papaya, etc. can be eaten by Belgian rabbits.