1" by 1" wire for rabbits?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by PrinceSandwich, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given a rabbit cage that has a wire floor with 1" by 1" spacing. I was also given a part roll of 1" by 1" welded wire ( the same stuff thats on the cage). I know most people say you should use 1" by 1/2" but would this wire work okay.
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

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    I think that would be fine.
    BUT I AM NOT AN EXPERT AT ALL. [​IMG]
     
  3. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:we have ALWAYS used 1/2 X1/2 hardware cloth on the bottom of our rabbit hutches.We used 1" on the sides/front/back...critters will pull small bunny feet through 1" bottoms.Most of the people i've known who raised rabbits used 1/2" ...we raised and showed rabbits for years so i'm not talking just a handful of people ...
    just my 2 cents...[​IMG]
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Do not use that. You will find your rabbit one day with a broken leg.
     
  5. RabbitMage

    RabbitMage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, 1"x1" wire is too big. Even if you have a larger rabbit that won't put their feet through it, the more open wire gives their feet less support, and might lead to sore hocks.

    All of my cages use 1/2"x1" welded wire on the floor.
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Fewer or large wires are also more likely to cause hock sores than 1/2" finer wire.
     
  7. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I would add a layer of 1/2"x1/2" hardware cloth over it. I use 1" by 1" wire for my "transport" cages and always used the 1/2" hardware cloth for the flooring. Can't imagine expecting them to stand on it. Maybe it was meant to be set on the ground or on a solid surface?
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Rabbits will squat down and their hocks will slid down through the 1" X 1". When they go to get up and extend their legs, the hock will become caught. They will then panic and break their hind leg just as Rebelcowboy suggested. Cover it with half inch wire.
     

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