When I purchased Skipper back in August 2017 Gail told me that just putting a handful of hay on the cage floor was fine, and it mostly is. It does fall through the floor but for the most part it is there for them to eat. However, when working on the budget for the business class I noticed my major expense was hay.
Since there is only one rabbit currently in my rabbitry I purchase the mini bales at the farmers co-op. They are only $10 for 24 ounces but we go through that in a month and if I scale up the operation at all this will be a rather large chunk of money. Which means I need to find a way to limit how much hay gets thrown away.
I read in Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits there is a hay and pellet feed combo that works great for this issue. It places the hay above the feed bowl. That way when hay falls it lands in the feed bowl. Very clever! It’s on my sales page if you are curious.
But I didn’t want to have to spend money on another feeder…
That’s when the idea of putting a piece of cardboard on the bottom of the cage hit me. It would keep the hay from falling through and give skipper a place to sit if he didn’t like the cage wires. Well it worked for awhile but it turns out Skipper pees on everything. All the time. So I was ending up with a urine soaked corner of cardboard with hay on top. Not something Skipper needs to be around.
My next idea is to use an old camping cutting board. It is made of flimsy plastic and super light for easy packing when camping. The great thing about this is that I can wash it off! The not so great thing is that I need to make sure Skipper doesn’t decide he wants to chew on it instead of the hay.
Hopefully, this works but if not that hay and pellet feeder might be my next step.