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Rabbit foraging or strange behaviour?

Scrufox86

Warren Scout
Hi i didn't quite know how to explain in the title properly but Roxxy has started dragging all the hay and woodshavings from both bed areas out into the main part of the hutch and i wanted to know if it is just natural rabbit foraging behaviour for winter or if it is something else. She is eating fine and she has done this a few times before but then stops for a few months before doing it again. I know that sometimes even when spayed female rabbits can still have a little phantom pregnancy which i think could be a possibility because as typing this i have just remembered i did see a few little "holes" in the bed areas. I am really confused because she only recently started doing this again since (i think it was) June. I know it is her and not her siblings because i have seen her do it.

It is strange because she does it and then for a while she doesn't before it starts again. Can anyone help with this?
 
Mine make 'holes' in their bedding but this is just to them snuggling themselves right in to keep warm (which I think is really cute).

I can't help with the dragging out of bedding however, sorry.
 
Mine make 'holes' in their bedding but this is just to them snuggling themselves right in to keep warm (which I think is really cute).

I can't help with the dragging out of bedding however, sorry.

No i don't mean really big holes for them to lay in i mean small holes like a nest when doing a phantom. It is what it looks like to me anyway. Dinky is the only one of ours who does what you're thinking of.

I just want to know why Roxxy keeps dragging all the bedding out. I put fresh hay in this morning and it has all been dragged everywhere and the hutch looks like it hasn't been cleaned in weeks. I only did a full clean on sunday and it looks like it hasn't been cleaned for a month. It is just baffling as it is like a button was pushed for her to go from not doing it to doing it.
 
Mine do it all the time, rabbits are diggers and mine just HAVE to dig out all of the towels and blankets out of their hidey house :roll: they spend most of the time sitting on top of it.. they don't want anywhere warmer :roll: Poppy does it sometimes, she's indoor and digs up puppy pads and pushes them into the middle of the room:roll:

Can you keep the hay in a litter tray or in hay racks? Like have a litter tray in the bed area?
 
Mine do it all the time, rabbits are diggers and mine just HAVE to dig out all of the towels and blankets out of their hidey house :roll: they spend most of the time sitting on top of it.. they don't want anywhere warmer :roll: Poppy does it sometimes, she's indoor and digs up puppy pads and pushes them into the middle of the room:roll:

Can you keep the hay in a litter tray or in hay racks? Like have a litter tray in the bed area?

Got hay racks. They are a bit picky about using them. Roxxy eats from hay racks the most from what i've seen. They do have litter trays. Roxxy has been tipping them over while dragging out all the hay.
 
Got hay racks. They are a bit picky about using them. Roxxy eats from hay racks the most from what i've seen. They do have litter trays. Roxxy has been tipping them over while dragging out all the hay.

Hmm, do they have plenty of space/toys/thing to do? Poppy and Leo only really do it out of frustration and when they're bored so we have to let then have a run about in the bathroom or landing or give them a change around of toys which seems to solve it with them. Donny and Lola are just messy:roll::lol:
 
Hmm, do they have plenty of space/toys/thing to do? Poppy and Leo only really do it out of frustration and when they're bored so we have to let then have a run about in the bathroom or landing or give them a change around of toys which seems to solve it with them. Donny and Lola are just messy:roll::lol:

It possibly could be boredom but i am not sure what to do really. We have tried different wodden things for them to chew on and they either ignore them completely or chew them for a few days then ignore them. They get out for exercise. At the moment with the cold weather we have got a run set up inside our conservatory for them. It is a bit tricky trying to work out a solution to this.
 
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