Monday, July 2, 2012

Learning the hard way.

We try to foresee potential dangers and guard against them. Today we lost 4 rabbits to heat stroke due to a completely avoidable situation. These are the mistakes that make my heart ache. It never occurred to me that our horses might flip open a rabbit tractor roof door. Apparently one of the horses really wanted some rabbit food and managed to flip open one of the hinged roof doors. It was 100 degrees today and this left the rabbits in this tractor exposed to the direct sun during the hottest part of the day with no shade to retreat to. Miraculously we only lost 4 of the 10 that were growing out in this tractor. Foreseeing the possibility and this could have been avoided. All of our tractors now have bungy cords on the roof doors now.

I hope our loss can help others to look around and identify similar weaknesses before losses occur.

1 comment:

  1. So been there - we lost almost half of a batch of chicks once because we allowed them to get chilled - we went with how the room felt to us, not what the thermometer said, despite ALL the advice to the contrary. You learn, you move on. But it hurts that lives were lost needlessly. I know.