Nestboxes and cold temps

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by jtumes, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. jtumes

    jtumes New Member

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    My nestboxes are wire on the bottom. What would you put under them in colder temperatures? Is the drywall mentioned in a previous post a good idea? I read that putting a heat lamp under the cage was a good option, however, it seems dangerous to me. Any opinions??
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    You can cut cardboard or feedsacks to fit the box and staple them
    to the bottom. You will probably need to replace it as it can get
    a bit wet and messy. It can probably be removed (for ventilation)
    when the kits get well furred.

    Make certain none extends so the doe can reach it. They think it's
    their mission to remove it!!!!
     

  3. Rosarybeads

    Rosarybeads Well-Known Member

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    You can also use a thin board of wood or plywood, and fit it to the box, that way it is stiff enough that the doe won't ruin it, and it stays pretty clean if you put pine bedding, hay, etc. bedding in it for the nest. We always filled an inch of pine on the bottom and then gave them hay to add to the nest, but most would eventually eat the hay. :)