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biscandmatt1
11-09-2010, 06:10 PM
bisc and matt aren't a fan of the normal hayracks, but i'm going through so much hay because they stand on it then refuse to eat it :roll:

i've seen people use what look like hanging baskets from garden centres :? has anyone got any pics and are they safe.. wouldn't get a bunny head stuck in them! i panic! :oops:

thanks :wave:

prettylupin
11-09-2010, 06:22 PM
I use one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=largehayracks

one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=hayballs made to measure in a huge size of unpeeled willow because Poppy can chew through the standard one in a few days! :roll:

and one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=advancedroundfeeder which is simply the best invention ever! 360 degree acess and the weaved base keeps all the dust/hay off the floor underneath and damp out if using during the day outside.
Me and the buns love all of them :love:

The Duchess
11-09-2010, 06:23 PM
We use letter baskets - the kind you hang on the back of your letter box to catch the mail. They normally have a flap so the buns can't get in, like they can with half hanging baskets.

Big squares too so they can pull the hay out easily.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii277/helenmhalliday/HayRacks001.jpg

Of the ikea plastic bag holders

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii277/helenmhalliday/HayRacks002.jpg

susie bun
11-09-2010, 06:26 PM
Some good ideas there! I'm afraid my lad seems to prefer his hay off the floor of his hutch or, even better, from his toilet area! :roll::roll::roll:

Kittykat23uk
11-09-2010, 06:28 PM
you could use NIC panels to make one too.:D

RampantRabbits
11-09-2010, 06:44 PM
Great post, as im having problems with this too.

I used to keep mine in a litter tray, but found that they were using it as a litter tray rather than a sack bar. I found that they liked to sit in their sleeping area and eat the straw, so ive changed that to hay instead and they eat it but it gets all trodden, wet and soiled.

I bought hayrack and found dolly sat in it the next day, i was worried she would hurt herself. She sat eating the hay and used it as a toilet. Unless they are actually in the rack themselves, they dont seem to know how to use it. :?


I use one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=largehayracks

one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=hayballs made to measure in a huge size of unpeeled willow because Poppy can chew through the standard one in a few days! :roll:

and one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=advancedroundfeeder which is simply the best invention ever! 360 degree acess and the weaved base keeps all the dust/hay off the floor underneath and damp out if using during the day outside.
Me and the buns love all of them :love:

These are all great, but they arent Dolly proof, she destroys wicker in minutes. Great fun to watch, but it starts to get expensive! :lol: She can also climb inside most of these too and then Marley cant get access. :roll:

...

I have tried a few things, they could work for you but there are some really good suggestions already.

Ive tried:
-fat ball feeders, like what birds use with big holes
-packed into various toys, cardboard boxes, toilet roll tubes etc
-veg to balls (the metal ball that you put veggies in and hang up) but its quite small and youd need a few that would have to be refilled a lot.
-plant pots
-tissue boxes
-a number of different hay racks

The guinea pigs manage everything, but the buns just seem to climb, poo and play rather than eat! :roll:

Shell
11-09-2010, 06:52 PM
Bugsy and Lola have a hanging basket for a hay rack :) I have one of them Ikea carrier bag holders lying around doing nothing, I never thought of using that.. great idea! :D

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i247/shelly_1977/SDC11869.jpg

Lops
11-09-2010, 07:11 PM
Mine also have a 'D' shaped hanging basket, I have it quite high so they eat from the underneath.

prettylupin
11-09-2010, 09:20 PM
These are all great, but they arent Dolly proof, she destroys wicker in minutes. Great fun to watch, but it starts to get expensive! :lol: She can also climb inside most of these too and then Marley cant get access. :roll:



They aren't wicker they are mostly buff willow which is very tough. The Hay manger and round feeder are both extremely thick willow - not like the usual pet shop stuff. The farmer grows and weaves his own willow.
The hay balls are thinner BUT he made me an especially thick one from unpeeled willow - the bark is tough!

biscandmatt1
11-09-2010, 09:49 PM
thanks.. the thing i've found aswell is that when they have anything hanging above them, when they pull it down, matt sneezes because it lands of his nose! :roll:

they eat more out of the vine balls, but i don't like leaving those in at night as when they had chewed in once, i looked over and bisc had his head stuck inside it.. :shock: looked like hannibal bun... and if i hadn't been there, i don't know what he would have done because he was panicking.. :(

might try those veg hanging things, and i'm in all day so i can change them whenever... and kitchen roll tubes are good, unless bisc decided to eat them... :roll:

might try all these and see how they get on... in the day i'm always here to keep an eye on them, and then at night i can let them just have the trays. this is where all the hay is now. they have the hay at the front of the tray and the back to sit in which they did... and matt still does... but bisc has decided that sitting on the hay is better.. and weeing on it, and then refusing to eat it! :roll:

biscandmatt1
11-09-2010, 09:49 PM
I use one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=largehayracks

one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=hayballs made to measure in a huge size of unpeeled willow because Poppy can chew through the standard one in a few days! :roll:

and one of these:
http://www.willowwarren.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=advancedroundfeeder which is simply the best invention ever! 360 degree acess and the weaved base keeps all the dust/hay off the floor underneath and damp out if using during the day outside.
Me and the buns love all of them :love:

i love the roundfeeder, think they would love that.. when i get some money i will buy one. :D

biscandmatt1
12-09-2010, 09:46 PM
found this before, think bisc and matt would really like it.. :D got some of those hanging balls and twisty things to put the hay in aswell.. so i can put some in there and still have some in the litter trays... :D

http://www.equinecaninefeline.com/catalog/wooden-hayrack-p-4890.html

Kittykat23uk
13-09-2010, 06:52 PM
I've just madeone out of an upturned waste paper basket and an old NIC panel. And Sprocket has promptly pulled all the hay out all over the floor. :lol:

katie2000
13-09-2010, 06:55 PM
Bugsy and Lola have a hanging basket for a hay rack :) I have one of them Ikea carrier bag holders lying around doing nothing, I never thought of using that.. great idea! :D

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i247/shelly_1977/SDC11869.jpg

This is a good idea! Where did you get your litter tray from? Looks like it has nice high sides

DemiS
13-09-2010, 07:39 PM
I tend to just pile up hay in one corner of the hutch, but Flash needs a lot more and I don't want to spread it around, so I use one of those flower baskets, a half one, sorry don't know the proper name for them. I wouldn't worry about them getting their heads stuck, but Flash likes to sit in his, and I imagine if he eats enough of the hay he could get his foot stuck

Sparkle x
13-09-2010, 07:40 PM
yes, i use the ones like D shapes, half a circle hanging basket, there fab, the buns love munching from them :D

peadubya123
13-09-2010, 08:30 PM
Wicker isn't expensive if you collect stuff from car boot sales. I bought a whole bin bag full for 1 and that included a laundry basket Magazine racks are good, dog beds, plant pots and those bread bins made of wood with a 'slide up' door. If you use your imagination I'm sure you will find lots of cheap and safe ideas.

Heather&Bart-MyLittleBuns
13-09-2010, 08:34 PM
I've just bought a ikea plastic bag holder (bright pink :D)for my two, ready for their new shed. It looks great with just the right size holes for rabbit noses :D

biscandmatt1
21-09-2010, 04:48 AM
they love the little wooden hayrack i got. it is small, but they love scratching it. :D they also love the treat balls full of hay. it has a bell on it, which i didn't think they would be impressed with, but they like that aswell! :D

youthnovels
21-09-2010, 08:24 AM
Some brilliant ideas on here! :wave:

Michelleox
21-09-2010, 08:56 AM
I use the palm tree thing which has carrots dangling from it from P@H and put their hay on top of it. They LOVE it:)

diamondgirl
21-09-2010, 09:58 AM
Just been careful with the ikea ones where you put them :lol::lol:


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3091.jpg


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3093.jpg

No animals were harmed in this stunt:lol:

Buuny_Friend
21-09-2010, 10:00 AM
Just been careful with the ikea ones where you put them :lol::lol:


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3091.jpg


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3093.jpg

No animals were harmed in this stunt:lol:

:lol:

catxx
21-09-2010, 10:13 AM
mine have a 2.99 wicker basket from Homebase in their run, they flip it on its side and dive in head first. and I have one of these:
https://www.thehayexperts.co.uk/Bowls%2C+Hay+Racks+%252526+Baskets.9/Willow+Hay+Rack.53.html
fixed to the front of their hutch, except they've eaten the front of it!

I'm worried about using plastic as my two have had a go at their plastic green tube and I don't want them chewing it! have been on the look out for proper wire/metal baskets though.

The Duchess
21-09-2010, 10:38 AM
Just been careful with the ikea ones where you put them :lol::lol:


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3091.jpg

No animals were harmed in this stunt:lol:

Naughty (but clever) Mr Wiggles :D

biscandmatt1
21-09-2010, 12:47 PM
I use the palm tree thing which has carrots dangling from it from P@H and put their hay on top of it. They LOVE it:)

i've got the carrot tree and just put hay on top it and matt loves it! so thank you! :wave:

biscandmatt1
21-09-2010, 12:48 PM
Just been careful with the ikea ones where you put them :lol::lol:


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3091.jpg


http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp35/diamondgirl112_photo_2008/DSCF3093.jpg

No animals were harmed in this stunt:lol:

:lol::lol::lol: that is so funny! :love: too cute! :love:

biscandmatt1
21-09-2010, 12:49 PM
Naughty (but clever) Mr Wiggles :D

is he called mr wiggles???!!!!! that's even cuter!!!! :love::love::love:

diamondgirl
21-09-2010, 03:01 PM
Yes Mr Wiggles wanted all three rabbit with names begining with W as we are from Wokingham, Berkshire Womble, Wispa and of course Mr Wiggles

biscandmatt1
21-09-2010, 03:30 PM
Yes Mr Wiggles wanted all three rabbit with names begining with W as we are from Wokingham, Berkshire Womble, Wispa and of course Mr Wiggles

:lol::love:

helgalush
21-09-2010, 03:39 PM
We use those plastic cat 'basket' things. They did poo in them at first but not they seem to understand that they are NOT litter trays! Lol!

We also use empty hay boxes (we get the big ones from Willow Warren, and put loads of hay in there) they bite their way in and then they have three things at once - a 'tunnel', a hay holder, and a hidey hole.

Starbuck (housebunny) just has his in cage base.

The others have hay racks too and from time to time we do the toilet tube thingy as well. :)