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Mycotoxin poisoning
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donna    Posted 12-22-2002 at 15:39:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a loss I have right now, I lost 155+ baby bunnies and 3 does & 1 buck. We strongly suspect Mycotoxin Poisoning. Had the feed rep. come out and he took a sample of the bad feed, We heard we should do an independant test on our own because they feed companies don't won't to fess up. So we are going tomorrow to our county agent to have a test run on the feed and I am also having lab work done on a sample of dead bunnies. Has anyone else had dealing with mycotoxin poisoning with other farm animals, I heard its hits all type of farm animals it comes from sour corn in the feed. Keep yall posted. Donna

Nan(TX)    Posted 12-22-2002 at 18:41:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fumonisin found in Texas corn
Our thread

Robert in Md.    Posted 12-22-2002 at 18:26:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A few year ago I killed about 150 of a flock of 500 guineas with corn I saved. I didn't know what was wrong for a while but when I ran my hand in the pile of corn my hand would have all this yellow dust on it. I had it tested at Perdues feedmill and they said it was mycotoxin. I through away about 80 bushels of shelled corn. They tested the corn with a black light,the Mycotoxin glowed under the light
Good luck

RayP(MI)    Posted 12-22-2002 at 17:44:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We raise bunnies too, - never heard about this one. Please, when you have more details, tell us about it. It's tough to loose the little guys - we feel for you!

donna    Posted 12-22-2002 at 18:59:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know you are not supposed to feed regular corn to rabbits here is some info on that:>Not so sure about giving them the runs, but here's what "Rabbit Production," 8th Edition, has to say about corn on pages 168 - 169:<

Pat Lamar
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I will give the same reply I gave on the other board for the benefit of others:

"One potential problem with the use of grain in rabbit diets is the possibility of
carbohydrate overload of the hindgut, resulting in enteritis. Work at the OSU Rabbit Research Center indicated that high levels of grain may result in the stimulation of
bacterial growth in the cecum, leading to production of bacterial toxins causing enteritis. High energy grains, such as corn, may be more likely to cause this effect than low energy grains, such as oats. Corn has a waxy endosperm, which may reduce its digestibility in the small intestine, increasing the likelihood of carbohydrate overload of the hind gut."

What this basically means is... you may not be seeing any problems from it *NOW*... but given time, it will most likely cause you problems. Rabbit growers tend to go out of
their way to *avoid* corn in their rabbits' feed at all costs and consider feeding whole corn as being the most dangerous.>

Pat Lamar
Professional Rabbit Meat Association

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I have looked on several sites and one person stated they feed their herd cracked corn and hay. Their herb is doing great on it, growing and producing well. I talked to another breeder who stated cracked corn will mess with the rabbits intestines, give them the runs and can cause them to die. Does anyone feed their herd corn and hay or just pellets? Which is best for growth potential?

I will keep you posted with the mycotxin:

What kind of raabits do yall raise?

RayP(MI)    Posted 12-23-2002 at 06:21:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We raise Californians, Flemish Giants, French Angoras, Dutch, Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops - Also Shetland Sheep, and Llamas. Rabbits are primarily for show, and sale. We are into heavily in 4-H, and supply quite a few of the 4-H kids with their rabbits. We have showed at state and national shows for several years, have some rabbits that have ranked high in national competition, as well as several grand champions. Wife is into fiber farming, and harvests wool from the angoras, which she knits. (That's why the sheep and llamas too!)

Hogman*******I'm sorry to hear of Your loss Donna    Posted 12-22-2002 at 16:09:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's always sad ta lose critters,if Ya did'nt love em Ya would'nt be raisen em.
We thought at one time or another that We had this problem but never proved out. It will cause abortions and breedin problems among Porcines and recon most others.
Wishin Ya better things Mr'n Mrs H

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