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    Default What are these white marks?

    Hi
    I was wondering about these white marks in the hutch and the litter tray. It only appears where they wee.

    On paper:


    On hutch floor:




    In the litter tray:


    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
    Mummy to Molly, a Black Broken Mini Rex, 8 yrs old, and Gerry, a Black Otter Lionhead X Dwarf Lop, 7 yrs old.

    RIP Milly, love you forever xxx

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    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


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    I have only fed them spring greens and celery.
    Mummy to Molly, a Black Broken Mini Rex, 8 yrs old, and Gerry, a Black Otter Lionhead X Dwarf Lop, 7 yrs old.

    RIP Milly, love you forever xxx

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionheadLuver View Post
    I have only fed them spring greens and celery.
    Spring greens have a lot of calcium in them.

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    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.
    Mummy to Molly, a Black Broken Mini Rex, 8 yrs old, and Gerry, a Black Otter Lionhead X Dwarf Lop, 7 yrs old.

    RIP Milly, love you forever xxx

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    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.

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    They have meadow hay and timothy hay.
    Mummy to Molly, a Black Broken Mini Rex, 8 yrs old, and Gerry, a Black Otter Lionhead X Dwarf Lop, 7 yrs old.

    RIP Milly, love you forever xxx

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    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.

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    cleaning with white vinegar helps to remove the stains......if you dont mind the smell

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