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    Hello!
    has anyone ever used eco rubber chippings in a rabbit enclosure before? the company I have emailed have said they are safe to use, however I would like to know any advice from people who may have used it themselves, or any ideas of what flooring I could use in an outdoor run that could be cleaned (not paving slabs though)
    Thank you! x

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    Quote Originally Posted by emilyjaneherb View Post
    Hello!
    has anyone ever used eco rubber chippings in a rabbit enclosure before? the company I have emailed have said they are safe to use, however I would like to know any advice from people who may have used it themselves, or any ideas of what flooring I could use in an outdoor run that could be cleaned (not paving slabs though)
    Thank you! x
    Do you actually mean rubber chippings or rubber matting ? IE like stable matting.

    The latter is fine to use x



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    Quote Originally Posted by emilyjaneherb View Post
    Hello!
    has anyone ever used eco rubber chippings in a rabbit enclosure before? the company I have emailed have said they are safe to use, however I would like to know any advice from people who may have used it themselves, or any ideas of what flooring I could use in an outdoor run that could be cleaned (not paving slabs though)
    Thank you! x
    I replied on your other thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Do you actually mean rubber chippings or rubber matting ? IE like stable matting.

    The latter is fine to use x



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    Quote Originally Posted by emilyjaneherb View Post
    Hello!
    has anyone ever used eco rubber chippings in a rabbit enclosure before? the company I have emailed have said they are safe to use, however I would like to know any advice from people who may have used it themselves, or any ideas of what flooring I could use in an outdoor run that could be cleaned (not paving slabs though)
    Thank you! x

    Hi there and welcome to the Forum

    People have used stable matting for this purpose:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Arksupersof...75.m4097.l9055

    I have looked up the eco clippings you mention and personally I wouldn't find them suitable as the base of a rabbit run.

    I hope that helps!
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    I know people who use the rubber chippings in their chicken run and absolutely swear by them - they just hose them down when they need cleaning. I’d be worried a rabbit might eat them though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangediva View Post
    I know people who use the rubber chippings in their chicken run and absolutely swear by them - they just hose them down when they need cleaning. I’d be worried a rabbit might eat them though?

    Yes, my thoughts too
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    I would be concerned that the rabbits would eat the rubber chippings - mine would certainly chew it. There may also be an issue of the uneven surface and sore hocks, etc. Gravel and fake grass also have problems for rabbits.

    I would prefer to use horse stable matting sheets.

    Paving slabs would be a better option overall as they are relatively cheap and easy to clean / disinfect, and dig-proof.

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    I do mean rubber chippings over rubber matting, its like bark but rubber so I can clean it!
    I'm in such a pickle with what to use! I have spoken to companies regarding them and they have said they are safe to use in a animal enclose however they do no know the consequences if eaten so also my concern! I have spoken to my vet about it and she thinks as they will have a whole run they may not be interested in the flooring.... also not convinced??
    I have seen online people use old tyres as digging/sand pits therefore I assumed rubber is safe to use in an enclosure? the chippings are basically made from old tyres!
    my problem is I have a husband who hates all my animals! so I need to be able to create something that "doesn't spoil the look of the garden" but still gives them a nice life! therefore something that looks natural and blends in! I didn't really want to use paving slabs as I have created a digging pit that it slightly burred into the floor (mesh bottom so they cants dig out) therefore to paving slab around the digging pit would be really difficult! and wont paving slabs create hock sores?

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    Can you not just use the stable matting with a layer of hay that you sweep out regularly? I’ve never used it in a run but it would last awhile like that, surely?


    If not what about hardwood chippings? The type used in chicken runs. You wouldn’t be able to hose them down like the rubber chips - I use them on meshed hard packed earth in a covered run with hay on top and change them about every 6 months. They get slightly manky by late winter even in a covered run but just about do the job for me and are brilliant he rest of the year. They are expensive initially as you have to buy in bulk generally and you need somewhere to store them.

    I use bark-uk.co.uk and was looking for a link for you but all their products seem to have disappeared which is slightly worrying for me.

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    I am currently researching stable matting at it does actually seem quite good! its also brought up this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INTERLOCK...19.m1438.l2649 (hope that link works!) what do you think of using this??!

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