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Rabbits on wire bottom cage?(PICS ADDED)

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Shannon's Chix, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    Last weekend I went with 2 of my kids to get a rooster. Ended up coming home with a roo, 2 silky showgirl chicks and 2 rabbits.[​IMG]

    Anywho..the buns are in a cage with a wire bottom and droppings pan. I was putting a towel in there for them to lay on but soon realized I don't have enough towels to throw away every day![​IMG]

    Is it ok for them to be just on the wire or should I put something on top of it?

    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 6, 2009

  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    What kind of rabbits are they?

    Mine are all on all-wire floors all the time. I have Holland Lops and New Zealand Whites. Some of the heavier breeds like Flemish Giants are prone to sore hocks without a resting board. As long as the wire is good and sturdy, they should be fine.
  3. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    I honestly have no idea what kind they are, I guess I should have asked...[​IMG]

    They are only about 4 weeks old, don't seem like they will get too big, and the wire bottom is pretty sturdy.

    Thanks for the reply, I feel better now!
  4. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Post pics of the rabbits and the wire
  5. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    most rabbits are ok with wire you'll have to observe their feet.. my friend has some mini-rex that have fur that doesnt provide very good padding so they dont do well on the wire they get sore hocks pretty quickly. if you want to make sure just toss in a small piece of scrap ply wood.. it will also give them something to chew on and wear thier teeth down so you wont have to trim the teeth.... and dont forget to trim thier nails once a month!!! it not only give you time to look at thier feet but it make them more comfy! speaking of I have to do my singelton bunny's nails tommorrow!!! I only have one bunny left from my breeding day!!! she is a old lady of 4 now!!!
  6. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Songster

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Ceramic tile will also work as will sheet rock squares 12x12 inch will be fine for most smaller breeds.
    one thing to keep in mind with resting boards for rabbits, the urine and feces build up on/under them and create all kinds of issues sore hock included

    resting boards, solid floors are all a matter of choice.
    well bred animals will not have an issue with sore hocks unless their weight is a factor.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2009
  7. tay26

    tay26 In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    you could also put in some straw or wood shavings (if they dont fall through). The straw works great because they can burrow into it, play with it, and eat it- and it keeps them off the wire.

  8. Fluffy-Butt-Farms

    Fluffy-Butt-Farms Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    we grew up with indoor housebroken rabbits, but their cage was wire, and their droppings just went thru the bottom. it never bothered their feet, and they were holland lops and a himmy. we always just put a towel in the corner, and they were good at not going to the bathroom on it, and that way, they had a way to get their feet off the wire if they needed to.
  9. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    I have towels/rags in all of my rabbits cages to prevent sore hocks.
    If they are fairly small they could be any number of breeds...mini lop, mini rex, netherland dwarf etc. You can post a picture and we could figure out what type you have. The idea of ceramic tile is a good one b/c they are relatively inexpensive, you can wipe them off easily enough and when it's hot you can chill them.
  10. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Isn't 4 weeks too young to adopt out rabbits? I thought they weren't weaned until 6 weeks!

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