Rabbit Nest Boxes..Help?

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  1. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I finally got my rabbits.. thanks to a wonderful friends at a chickenstock.

    I need to know about nest boxes...

    Like how to make them... what size..... what should I make them out and what size...


    and if you got can I get pics...


    oh some background. I got nz and they are in cages 30x36 from bass 18 inches high....
     
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Easy, easy, easy!!!! Take one of those Scoop Away cat litter containers (it is a rectangular shape) and cut a square out of the upper side of the lid. Fill with a little wood shavings and a little hay for it to bed down on and..... instant rabbit nest boxes and foolproof. Pics tomorrow if needed.
     
  3. herbandteas

    herbandteas Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would love to see pictures of the cat litter nest box. I have an american chinchilla doe that will be having kits next month.
     
  4. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you guys think that all bunnies should have nest boxes?

    I was thinking that if I was a bunny I would like some privacy.

    And yes I would lov pics!!!!!
     
  5. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easy, easy, easy!!!! Take one of those Scoop Away cat litter containers (it is a rectangular shape) and cut a square out of the upper side of the lid. Fill with a little wood shavings and a little hay for it to bed down on and..... instant rabbit nest boxes and foolproof. Pics tomorrow if needed.

    OMG. Really? The baby bunnies and the mom don't chew the plastic? We have plenty of those containers and our bunny breeding operation is just taking off. That sounds like a great idea, if the plastic doesn't get chewed.​
     
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I would think rabbits would chew plastic. [​IMG]
     
  7. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Doesn't get any easier than this:
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    Here is my Doe that LOVES her nest box!
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    I can only give you my experience. Some bunnies will chew and some won't. I give mine pine cones and honeysuckle vines and the chewers choose this over plastic.

    My Doe loves her nest box and she stays in it all the time. The male doesn't get his unless the temp drops lower than say 40 or high winds. He just acts like he likes the space instead.

    The problem you have is to make sure they don't want to use it as a litter box. Mine have the plastic corner box and really do use it with a little natural kitty clay litter in it. NOT THE SCOOP AWAY LITTER!!! Keep it natural!! You can see the corner litter box next to her nest box in second photo.

    IMPORTANT: Before I purchased my Doe she had just lost a whole litter of babies due to not having her nest box ready for the birth. The breeder was off on the due date.

    Okay, to keep it chicken....I haven't tryed this but I think you could cut a larger hole (or differently) and maybe spray it a darker color and the hens would use it as a nest box too!!
     
  8. herbandteas

    herbandteas Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am liking this idea but what size cage is she in? Also is she a chinchilla rabbit?
     
  9. plester01

    plester01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG. Do they have to have nesting boxes? I have a 6 month old dwarf bunnie and her cage is kinda small so I never put a box in there for her (could not find one small enought) she seems ok but with the cold weather comming I wonder if she is getting cold.
     
  10. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    [​IMG] That's a great idea for a nesting box. My one concern, in colder climates, would be moisture build up.
    You could probably solve that by taking a drill and drilling a bunch of holes in it.
     

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