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Material to Put In a Digging Box


Mary
 

Hello
I am going to make a digging box for my rabbits. I just wanted to ask for suggestions on what to put inside. I'm thinking of buying organic soil (without anything added) or sand. We used to live in the Middle East and my bunnies liked digging in sand in the garden there. However, I've heard that sand is not recommended in case they eat it. I've seen a product called Bunny Nature Digging Fun Sand Mix advertised on vetsend.co.uk. 

I'd be grateful for any recommendations. We are now in the UK. 
Thank you
Mary


Diane Reyniers
 

Hi, I'm in the UK. I've used sterilised topsoil which you can get in garden centres. 


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Hello
I am going to make a digging box for my rabbits. I just wanted to ask for suggestions on what to put inside. I'm thinking of buying organic soil (without anything added) or sand. We used to live in the Middle East and my bunnies liked digging in sand in the garden there. However, I've heard that sand is not recommended in case they eat it. I've seen a product called Bunny Nature Digging Fun Sand Mix advertised on vetsend.co.uk. 

I'd be grateful for any recommendations. We are now in the UK. 
Thank you
Mary


lakesancutuary
 

We were lucky to have access to leaves that weren't tainted by pesticides or auto fumes and every fall I picked a BIG bag of them.  Put home in a cardboard box and our bunnies hopped in and rooted around.  They also ate some of the leaves.   

Martha and our sweet dog Fletcher




On Thursday, November 12, 2020, 05:54:51 AM EST, Diane Reyniers <d.j.reyniers@...> wrote:


Hi, I'm in the UK. I've used sterilised topsoil which you can get in garden centres. 

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Subject: [Etherbun Main] Material to Put In a Digging Box
 
Hello
I am going to make a digging box for my rabbits. I just wanted to ask for suggestions on what to put inside. I'm thinking of buying organic soil (without anything added) or sand. We used to live in the Middle East and my bunnies liked digging in sand in the garden there. However, I've heard that sand is not recommended in case they eat it. I've seen a product called Bunny Nature Digging Fun Sand Mix advertised on vetsend.co.uk. 

I'd be grateful for any recommendations. We are now in the UK. 
Thank you
Mary

--
Martha and her angel bunnies Cappy, Biscuit & Roxie


Christine J. Cox
 

I have not actually done this yet myself, although I have plans to at some point:  I read about filling a digging box with pea stone, small rounded pebbles.  You would want to rinse it well first, as it is usually covered in stone dust, but I loved the idea of this because it's certainly cleaner and easier to pick up than dirt or sand.  Plus there is less concern about contaminants or insects present in sand or stone.  I also hoped it would help file my guy's nails down!  You can get a bag at a garden center fairly inexpensively.  The person who recommended this said he used an enclosed box, such as a transparent plastic storage box.  He cut a hole in one side 4-5" from the bottom so the stone would stay contained.  Personally, I would want to keep the cover off, as I would want better airflow, but it sounds like a great containment system.

Good luck with it, hopefully I will be inspired to put one together this winter!
Christine


Diane Reyniers
 

I wouldn't use any sort of gravel, could hurt hocks. I wouldn't fancy walking barefoot on gravel... 
The mess can be contained quite well IF you use a large, tall box. If bunny has trouble jumping in, you could put a platform next to it. 
Diane


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I have not actually done this yet myself, although I have plans to at some point:  I read about filling a digging box with pea stone, small rounded pebbles.  You would want to rinse it well first, as it is usually covered in stone dust, but I loved the idea of this because it's certainly cleaner and easier to pick up than dirt or sand.  Plus there is less concern about contaminants or insects present in sand or stone.  I also hoped it would help file my guy's nails down!  You can get a bag at a garden center fairly inexpensively.  The person who recommended this said he used an enclosed box, such as a transparent plastic storage box.  He cut a hole in one side 4-5" from the bottom so the stone would stay contained.  Personally, I would want to keep the cover off, as I would want better airflow, but it sounds like a great containment system.

Good luck with it, hopefully I will be inspired to put one together this winter!
Christine


pack_lisa
 

I've made digging boxes using organic potting soil, sand, and pea gravel. I used an XL storage container and cut 2 holes in it. If you have the space, a plastic kiddie pool is even better. Yes, you'll need to prewash the pea gravel. It's a real chore. It was my least favorite substrate. If your floors are carpeted, I don't recommend pea gravel. They DO kick it out just as much as dirt or sand. Dirt gets super dry and the rabbits had black feet from it. Sand is my favorite. It is easy to clean up and the rabbits track it less that dirt. They also seemed to prefer the sand, honestly. I hated cleaning up the kicked out gravel. Plus it is difficult to wash. All 3 options are good. Just give it a go. You'll find the one that works best for you.


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I wouldn't use any sort of gravel, could hurt hocks. I wouldn't fancy walking barefoot on gravel... 
The mess can be contained quite well IF you use a large, tall box. If bunny has trouble jumping in, you could put a platform next to it. 
Diane

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Subject: Re: [Etherbun Main] Material to Put In a Digging Box
 
I have not actually done this yet myself, although I have plans to at some point:  I read about filling a digging box with pea stone, small rounded pebbles.  You would want to rinse it well first, as it is usually covered in stone dust, but I loved the idea of this because it's certainly cleaner and easier to pick up than dirt or sand.  Plus there is less concern about contaminants or insects present in sand or stone.  I also hoped it would help file my guy's nails down!  You can get a bag at a garden center fairly inexpensively.  The person who recommended this said he used an enclosed box, such as a transparent plastic storage box.  He cut a hole in one side 4-5" from the bottom so the stone would stay contained.  Personally, I would want to keep the cover off, as I would want better airflow, but it sounds like a great containment system.

Good luck with it, hopefully I will be inspired to put one together this winter!
Christine


Kinenchen
 

I like crumpled brown paper. My bunnies methodically shred it by tearing off little strips and it's much easier to clean up than I expected. I usually just fill a big cardboard box that I've wiped down and removed all the stickers from. I cut a few holes in the sides and then I throw it away (with the mess inside) when they're done.


Christie Taylor



On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 11:19 PM pack_lisa <lisajpack@...> wrote:
I've made digging boxes using organic potting soil, sand, and pea gravel. I used an XL storage container and cut 2 holes in it. If you have the space, a plastic kiddie pool is even better. Yes, you'll need to prewash the pea gravel. It's a real chore. It was my least favorite substrate. If your floors are carpeted, I don't recommend pea gravel. They DO kick it out just as much as dirt or sand. Dirt gets super dry and the rabbits had black feet from it. Sand is my favorite. It is easy to clean up and the rabbits track it less that dirt. They also seemed to prefer the sand, honestly. I hated cleaning up the kicked out gravel. Plus it is difficult to wash. All 3 options are good. Just give it a go. You'll find the one that works best for you.

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Subject: Re: [Etherbun Main] Material to Put In a Digging Box
 
I wouldn't use any sort of gravel, could hurt hocks. I wouldn't fancy walking barefoot on gravel... 
The mess can be contained quite well IF you use a large, tall box. If bunny has trouble jumping in, you could put a platform next to it. 
Diane

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Subject: Re: [Etherbun Main] Material to Put In a Digging Box
 
I have not actually done this yet myself, although I have plans to at some point:  I read about filling a digging box with pea stone, small rounded pebbles.  You would want to rinse it well first, as it is usually covered in stone dust, but I loved the idea of this because it's certainly cleaner and easier to pick up than dirt or sand.  Plus there is less concern about contaminants or insects present in sand or stone.  I also hoped it would help file my guy's nails down!  You can get a bag at a garden center fairly inexpensively.  The person who recommended this said he used an enclosed box, such as a transparent plastic storage box.  He cut a hole in one side 4-5" from the bottom so the stone would stay contained.  Personally, I would want to keep the cover off, as I would want better airflow, but it sounds like a great containment system.

Good luck with it, hopefully I will be inspired to put one together this winter!
Christine


donnadwood@...
 

My girls' digging box is full of knotted socks.  They love it. Dig, toss, bury. They sometimes use it as a litter box, but that's the beauty of the socks.  Throw 'em in the wash.