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Old 04-06-2012, 08:57 AM
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...She has used foam mats, baby blankets, and several inches thick with hay. She has never had them on wires, but still, they constantly get sore hocks seems a very common problem I have discovered from being on rabbit forums.
I meant to address that earlier- yes, everything I've read about Mini Rexes has indicated that they are prone to sore hocks. I wonder if it's more prevelant in certain lines? I know I read why someplace years ago and couldn't remember, so I Googled it. Evidently, it has to do with them having narrow feet and thinner pads. Seems it can be a problem in Standard Rexes, too. https://www.naturalrabbitfood.com/mini-rex-rabbits/

I was also wondering if part of your friend's problems with sore hocks had to do with the foam mats and baby blankets, especially the mats. In my head, I would think that, no matter how meticulous someone is about cleaning, the mats would hold moisture. Than I saw this from the post in the following link "...I do keep his litterbox as clean as possible - though I now plan to scoop it 2x each day to keep wetness to a minimum...." The link to where I found that:
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It seems to be more of an American thing, keeping rabbits on wire flooring (no offence intended)...
Probably because it's easier to clean a dropping pan. Actually, it's more the breeders who use cages with dropping pans, although there are a fair amount of people who house rabbits in outdoor hutches with wire floors, too. I see nothing wrong with wire flooring, as long as the occupants have ample places to get off of it. When I have the xpen attached to his cage, Shaker very rarely pees or poops in the cage itself. Instead he goes in a corner of the pen, just outside the right front corner of the cage- which the same corner he uses if he's confined to his cage. I attempted to litterbox train him when he was younger. The little stinker decided the litterbox was for sitting in, and would get out of it to pee. So, now the litter box is in the upper level of his cage for him to sit in. Even tho his cage has a wire floor, there's actually only a couple of inches of wire that isn't covered by something (litter box, resting pads or his house).
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:45 AM
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Sore hocks is prevalent in some lines of Rex and mini rex as well as a few other breeds I'm aware of. The breeder I purchased my castor rexes from selected years back animals that had little to no problems with sore hocks and the result was not really having to deal with sore hocks.

I have no issue with rabbits being kept on clean smooth floor wire with a resting board. None at all. It's easier to keep things clean, keep diseases and parasites from spreading, and keep as much moisture away from the rabbits as possible.

Also you could spay later... or you could just not bother. I've known several rabbits who have lived to 12-16 without being altered.
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What are peoples opinions of the House Rabbit Society?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:39 AM
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What are peoples opinions of the House Rabbit Society?
Well, I think they mean well, and I have gotten some good information from them over the years. I don't believe in the "rabbits should always be kept in the house" thing. I have no problems with rabbits living outside, as long as they are taken care of properly and get enough attention. There is no way Shaker would have as much room as he does now if we kept him in the house. He's not exactly outside, either, tho- he's on our closed in back porch.
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Does anyone have links to any good rabbit hutch/home sites?
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so i just got 3 broken variety standard rexes. they are happily munching feral alfalfa. since they have been living seperately, the male has been working VIGOROUSLY to fill the freezer in about 3 months. now i have some construction projects to get on.
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I think they have good intentions and stupid conclusions. They are HSUS with bunny ears basically.

You will never convince me that there is an overpopulation of rabbits that feeding the poor couldn't solve.

Rabbits at least in this climate are far more comfortable outside.

Rabbits are not happy social critters always. I've had more than a few quite happy to rip an ear off any available rabbit neighbor. Just watch rabbits in the wild sometime - they're pretty feisty critters.

They are against the exploitation of rabbits. So no medical research, no rabbit shows, no meat rabbits, no circus bunnies, no cadbury bunny, and other such nonsense. Clearly the easter bunny is a slave to his christian overlords or something.
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I think they have good intentions and stupid conclusions. They are HSUS with bunny ears basically.

You will never convince me that there is an overpopulation of rabbits that feeding the poor couldn't solve.

Rabbits at least in this climate are far more comfortable outside.

Rabbits are not happy social critters always. I've had more than a few quite happy to rip an ear off any available rabbit neighbor. Just watch rabbits in the wild sometime - they're pretty feisty critters.

They are against the exploitation of rabbits. So no medical research, no rabbit shows, no meat rabbits, no circus bunnies, no cadbury bunny, and other such nonsense. Clearly the easter bunny is a slave to his christian overlords or something.
Oh, man, you just put my thoughts of the House Rabbit Society into the words I couldn't!
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Agreed re: the House Rabbit Society

And Pops2 I am jealous of your standard rex. I really like that breed...they are probably my favorite...but here most rex are the minis and it's tough to find standards. The one person I did find was a show breeder and that's all well and good but the prices she wanted for rabbits who were only kindling 3-4 at a time were...interesting. Not as suited to dual purpose as one might hope, in that case.
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