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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#16  Unread postby AmberRae » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:32 pm


I have no doubt that you are right ladysown. It is just not a trait that I look at as negative so I don't hold it against them and wouldn't cull for it. The resting mats are a better alternative for me. Honestly me spending more time making sure they are out of their cage more is ultimately how I will fix this issue. For now though they need something to rest there feet on.

-- Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:32 pm --

I decided to go with the plastic lattice. It is working very well and I was able to make a mat 30" x 24" for $5. The rabbits seem to love them, even the ones that were not showing any signs of sore feet. So far they are not pulling them up or chewing on them. Thanks so much for all the suggestions :)
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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#17  Unread postby Marie28 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:18 pm


Some places I have read that unclipped nails can also cause the rabbit to put more weight on his hocks causing sore hocks. But mostly I think it has to do with the rabbit not having the proper fur protection.

I love using tiles for the summer time. We put them in the freezer and they love rest on them. They are also a lot easier to clean than wood and they don't chew on them like plastic.

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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#18  Unread postby AmberRae » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:21 pm


Good to know about the nails could contribute. I don't trim as often as I should. It might just be a coincidence but the 2 buns that looked the worst always have their nails longer than the other buns on trimming day. I will make sure I get them extra trimmed just in case that was a factor.

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Post Number:#19  Unread postby BlueHaven » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:33 pm


Another thing to watch is your rabbits weight.. Once in a while I will have a doe really heave with a large litter and her hocks can get touchy. Once the kits are born and weaned it goes away. My buck right now has a case and he is WAY to heavy. It just got away from me. He has a large towel he sits on till they heal and is on a mostly hay diet till he get back to something that resemble a healthy weight.

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Re: Opinions on resting mats

Post Number:#20  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:08 am


BlueHaven wrote:Another thing to watch is your rabbits weight.. Once in a while I will have a doe really heave with a large litter and her hocks can get touchy. Once the kits are born and weaned it goes away. My buck right now has a case and he is WAY to heavy. It just got away from me. He has a large towel he sits on till they heal and is on a mostly hay diet till he get back to something that resemble a healthy weight.


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