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Title: Baby Saver Wire


Hawthorne Hollands - July 31, 2010 06:08 AM (GMT)
Who uses baby saver wire? Is it necessary? The cages I have do not have baby saver and I'm wondering if I should install some myself... I have a doe due next week that is a first time mom.

fuzzibutts - July 31, 2010 10:14 AM (GMT)
I have never used the baby saver wire. But I have heard of people using it and they said they loved it.

I usually end up putting a towel in the nest box, and change it every day to prevent babies on the wire.

I have been blessed that all of my moms are good, and have the kits where they are supposed to.

StepUpMR - July 31, 2010 12:07 PM (GMT)
Never used it. When I have ever had problems, I have zip tied plastic gutter cover to the bottom part of cage walls

washrabbit - July 31, 2010 12:44 PM (GMT)
We use plastic gutter guard on our doe & litter cages. It does help save the occasional baby that gets out of the nestbox.

SCG - July 31, 2010 01:00 PM (GMT)
Might not need it if the kits are never small enough to fit thru normal cage wire. It's a good idea for any kits with heads that fit thru the wire.

I attach some scrap floor wire. Hardware cloth works too.

It's not just about kits born on the wire. They might get out of nestboxes.

Wagner Bunny Barn - July 31, 2010 01:01 PM (GMT)
I don't use it but it can't hurt. I also put towels all in the cage to help prevent babies on wire if the doe hadn't pulled any fur the day she is due then just keep changing them :goodluck:

leckielops - July 31, 2010 03:51 PM (GMT)
We lost 2 kits in one day when they managed to cling to mama after nursing and then wander through the cage wire (not babysaver wire). They didn't freeze...they actually made it through a double wire partition into a neighboring cage, where they were delimbed by the bunny in that cage. One was still alive when I found it and I had to put it down. Pretty gruesome--I'll never again have a litter in a cage without some kind of protection. We haven't had any problems with the cages that have babysaver wire, and I'm sure the plastic gutter guards would work fine, too. Either way, you need to have something.

Keepee - July 31, 2010 04:07 PM (GMT)
I actually found some "gutter guard" metal mesh stuff at a yard sale- bought a whole box of it for cheap and added it to some cages. :)

Wagner Bunny Barn - July 31, 2010 04:12 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (leckielops @ Jul 31 2010, 10:51 AM)
We lost 2 kits in one day when they managed to cling to mama after nursing and then wander through the cage wire (not babysaver wire). They didn't freeze...they actually made it through a double wire partition into a neighboring cage, where they were delimbed by the bunny in that cage. One was still alive when I found it and I had to put it down. Pretty gruesome--I'll never again have a litter in a cage without some kind of protection. We haven't had any problems with the cages that have babysaver wire, and I'm sure the plastic gutter guards would work fine, too. Either way, you need to have something.

I have nest boxes that have a little edge on the front of them got them from pionterhill.. I wasn't really sure what the edge was for but then it would make sense if a baby clung onto mom that they would get like knocked off by the little edge and instead of being on the wire they would stay in the box... not sure if that's what it is for or not but that's what i think it's for haha

J- H Lop - August 5, 2010 11:37 PM (GMT)
Oddball J does used it. I made my own from one x two bottom rabbit gauge wire. Before this we would losed some kits as described in a post on here. I have the reguler wire and then measure it for to add the baby wire with hog ring pliers and small hog ring clips. I also used the panels described by Nancy. Or used the plastic cutting boards measured to sized and hog ring cliped them. I used both points clips and blunt end clips in the small sized. I drill a small hole in those hard plastic panels cut to my sized to keep kits in. I rarely loose a kit now. I have mom cages that have this. Not all cages need this on them. I have experiment with different types.

Lana - August 6, 2010 12:54 AM (GMT)
I had it on my cages up until recently.

When I did my barn clean I took it off.... and never put it back on.

I've only twice had rabbits crawl out, in which both times I found them in time.

TCRabbitry - August 6, 2010 01:46 AM (GMT)
I have it on a couple of my cages.... Wish I woulda had it on a couple more... I seem to have babies hanging on to mom, or mom having them outside of the box, only to have them crawl out and land in a J feeder....

jmemt - August 6, 2010 06:39 PM (GMT)
My maternity cages have the plastic urine guards all around. They work great for baby savers and since they are solid plastic no heads can get stuck in the wire.

Hawthorne Hollands - August 6, 2010 11:39 PM (GMT)
Thanks everyone, I have some left over 1/2" wire from my nest boxes so I think I will use that. I had never thought of a baby getting pulled out by mom.

wonder_woolies - August 7, 2010 05:21 PM (GMT)
Yeah, I wouldn't be without it. Either babysaver or urine gaurds depending on what kind of cages you have. I've had numerous babies saved by it.




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