When arranging a room, many nutrevody do not know how to make a drinker for nutria with their own hands. In this article we will tell you how they are done in just 5-10 minutes.
As you know, in the natural environment, nutria live near water bodies. Water for these animals is vital, they need it more than any other rodents.
If before, water was simply poured into ordinary containers and animals drank from it, now this technique has already become a thing of the past. This is inconvenient for many reasons. First, it is inconvenient for the animals to drink from the container. Secondly, they will constantly spill water, moisture will accumulate under the container, which can lead to the multiplication of pathogenic microbes. In addition to this, nutria can very often drag their food into a container with water, which will naturally lead to its rapid deterioration. They can also simply climb into it and swim. Agree, this is not what we need.
The only alternative to the old drinking method is the Nutria Nipple Drinker. It can be positioned on the outside of the cage and refilled with water as needed. It is very quick and convenient, while greatly simplifying the process of caring for these animals. If you also install good feeders, then it will take you no more than 15-30 minutes to serve your wards a day. In this case, the work is greatly simplified.
By the way, you can make a good drinker for nutria with your own hands in just ten minutes. At the same time, we do not need any expensive materials or components. It also has many advantages when compared to those sold in the store. First and foremost is the price. A set of nipple drinkers for nutria in the store is not cheap. Second, the complexity of the assembly. And the third most important thing, you can make a system that fits perfectly into the room in which your nutria are located. It is better to place them next to the feeders, this makes it easier for your wards to control feed and water.
This video shows how you can quickly make a drinker with your own hands
Having once made such a feeder with your own hands, it will serve you for many years. You just have to add water to it about once a day. At the same time, there will be no excess dampness in the room, which means that the animals will be more comfortable and cozier in their home.
Therefore, we need:
All our drinker is ready, all that remains is to attach it to the cage. It is attached from the outside. The tube with the teat cup is attached to the grate with a spring. Fill in water. Here it is important to check that water does not drip below. If a leak is found, you can walk the place where the hose enters the bottle with sealant or silicone.
When organizing the feeding of nutria, it is necessary to take into account how they feed in their natural habitat. In the wild, their food includes, as a rule, parts of plants that accumulate juice, rich in fiber, starch and sugar.
It has been established that one adult can pull out about 20 kilograms of various green mass from the reservoir during the day! However, they are able to eat no more than 20 percent of this amount.
If nutria are kept in cages, they rarely get the food they are used to in the wild. And this is first of all:
As a result, they are replaced by combined feed, grain, root crops, grass and hay in certain proportions. Properly organized nutrition allows them to grow well, gain weight and produce healthy offspring.
Concentrates (combined feed, cereals) are the largest part of the diet of nutria. Approximately 70-85 percent.
Usually an adult is able to eat from 120 to 250 grams of cereals per day. That is, animals can be given virtually any type of grain, legumes. The processed products are also well absorbed by their bodies. They give preference to cereals:
In order to reduce losses and increase palatability, the grain is crushed and moistened before feeding. In cold weather, it should be steamed in hot water for about six to ten hours. When warm, you can soak in cold, slightly salted water for five to six hours. Then the water is drained, and the resulting mass is mixed with additives.
Use of quality food waste is allowed: