In rabbit production, several materials such as hay, straw, wood shavings or waste wool and cotton are used as nesting materials during parturition. In this work, straw and wood shavings were studied as potential materials for nest boxes, and a choice test was designed for this purpose. Two replicates of 30 primiparous does each were carried out. Does were housed 10 d before parturition in a double commercial cage, so each doe had access to 2 different nest boxes. One of the nests was filled with 8 cm of barley straw and the other with 8 cm of wood shavings, so the doe could choose which of them she prepared and gave birth in. During the 24 h prior to parturition, the state of the nest was assessed, according to the mixing of the material and the doe’s hair and the preservation of the original material, as well as the chosen nest box.

Types of Nesting Material For Rabbits



Wood shavings



Uses of Nesting Material For Rabbits

The main reason the nest box is necessary for the rabbit is to contain the babies and give them more protection. In the wild rabbits would dig in the dirt and make a nest in the ground completely protecting them from predators and the elements. So a wooden or metal box will do the same thing.


  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.4 x 4.96 x 3.07 inches; 1.41 Ounces
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ August 23, 2018
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Luffy Pets Collection
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JPL458R
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Prices of Nesting Material For Rabbits

$21.86 – $45.99

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