Hello, I have noticed that two of my bunnies that have just given birth have sores on their hocks. I have resting areas for them to stand on but recently it seems they have stopped using them. I am not sure what to do. Originally, I had wooden flooring in a portion of the cage but, they seemed more interested in nibbling on it than standing on it.
They need a flat bottom with straw, to heal up. Bumblefoot is serious, and can kill them. The wood is much better than the wire, for foot health - even if they chew on it. Just put it on a slight tilt (a couple pebbles under one side ought to do it), so their urine and pellets run off. Also, clean their feet, and try putting a small, thin smear of A&D ointment on the sore spots. Check them daily, for infection, and to clean them.
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A couple things I have noticed with sore hocks. First some breeds are just weak in that area. Same pens and Californians will not get it and the new Zeelands will. Second if they eat sweet feed. Any molasses seams to give them sore hocks. We call all generations of the ones that get sore hocks. It is horrible watching them suffer. I had built wood bottom pens for them to heal when I was younger. They never seem to be good breeding stock after that.
The best place to pray for a good crop is at the end of a hoe!
My rabbits in wood-bottom hutched litter trained to a shavings box very fast. The wood bottom is linseed oil treated and mostly I just need to sweep it now and then. Once they start using the shavings they seem to prefer it and it's easy to layer clean shavings and then dump in compost where the manure and urine can be useful. My colony rabbits were on sand over wire with straw added. A good rake and sweep there kept it clean too. Wire alternatives.
What's brown and sticky? ... a stick. Or a tiny ad.