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LionheadLuver
24-10-2007, 04:41 PM
Hi
I was wondering about these white marks in the hutch and the litter tray. It only appears where they wee.

On paper:
http://i21.tinypic.com/103ftc5.jpg

On hutch floor:
http://i22.tinypic.com/27zg5qr.jpg
http://i21.tinypic.com/etio7n.jpg
http://i22.tinypic.com/4v5vza.jpg

In the litter tray:
http://i21.tinypic.com/6hthc0.jpg

PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT THEY ARE IN UNCLEAN CONDITIONS. I CLEAN THEIR BEDROOM OUT ONCE A DAY AND THEIR LITTER TRAY. THEIR MAIN AREA, WHERE THEY DO NOT WEE AND POO IS FULLY CLEANED OUT ONCE A WEEK.

I disinfect the whole hutch once a week, but it does not get rid of the stains. I was wondering if it's calcium buildup or limescale, as we have a lot of limescale in this area, I live in Greater London; the stains on the hutch floor and litter tray have built up over time, well, 5 weeks. The marks on the paper really shocked me because they only had access to it for about 9 hours last night and to create that amount of white mark is worrying. They seem healthy and happy within themselves. No problems with their bum.

Their diet is:

4 handfuls of SS pellets(2 in morning, 2 in evening)
Trying with different veg(fed spring greens, celery)
Meadow hay and Timothy Hay
Access to grass on clay soils for about 4-6 hours a day, every day.

Please help. Thanks

Sooz
24-10-2007, 04:45 PM
Its calcium.

Rabbits excrete excess calcium through their urine and it often appears to have a chalky texture and will dry white.

You may need to cut down on the calcium high vegetables in their diet such as kale, cabbage and brocolli

LionheadLuver
24-10-2007, 04:48 PM
I have only fed them spring greens and celery.

Vikki*and*the*buns
24-10-2007, 04:50 PM
yep its calcium, Choci used to leave a lot of white marks so I cut him down to just a very small amount of kale/cabbage per day.

vikki:wave:

Vikki*and*the*buns
24-10-2007, 04:50 PM
I have only fed them spring greens and celery.

Spring greens have a lot of calcium in them.

LionheadLuver
24-10-2007, 04:52 PM
I've found a small cause then. Think I won't give them spring greens till they are older. I only started them on veg about four or five days ago, if that. It was happening before then too.

Vikki*and*the*buns
24-10-2007, 04:57 PM
it just a though but what hay are they on? if they have alfala regulary that could also cause excess as its high in calcium.

LionheadLuver
24-10-2007, 04:58 PM
They have meadow hay and timothy hay.

Thea & Bobbin
24-10-2007, 05:09 PM
Bobbin's litter tray gets a little like that even though he doesn't have any of the above mentioned veg. I find that you really have to give it a good scrub to lift it, but by doing it once a week it helps it to not build up so much.

Jayney
24-10-2007, 05:10 PM
cleaning with white vinegar helps to remove the stains......if you dont mind the smell