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The Bun Bun Brigade
To be continued... suggestions welcome...
Bucky the Good Boy (doesn't fling hay, doesn't need a rack)
2nd generation rack--had to stand between two litter boxes because sometimes a girl needs her space.
My first attempt at a rack--she just eats out of the top, but it works for her.
actual shredded paper
Examples of pine pellet bedding
A hay rack?
You can just put the hay in the litter box. The bunny will eat it, spread it, sit on it. It's what they do. Or you can use a hay rack. This can save on waste with bunnies who really get into spreading hay. Use one that is not collapsible--you do not want your bunny to get his head stuck. And keep it over the litter box because getting the bunny to sit in the box while eating is how you get him to do his other business there.
I built this free-standing one for Lilith and Pinot, mainly because one of them was spreading the hay everywhere and then claiming she had no food (not to point fingers, but her name starts with P) and I cut back on waste tremendously. On the other hand, Bucky the Flemish giant (see picture at top) is happy to keep his hay in one end of the litter box, do his business in the other end (while facing his hay), and he eats every bit like a good boy. It helps if the hay is in the end facing the room because he likes to eat/sit with his back to the wall.
The Litter Box
After food, you need litter and a box. We like the pine pellets, sold in the horse department, in any store that has a horse department. Normally you would avoid pine because the aromatic oils are unkind to bunny lungs, but these are heat treated, so the oils are gone, and super compressed, so a little goes a long way. They are very very absorbent, and expand to saw dust when moistened. Which I find handy because after I change the litter, I walk around the yard flinging it into the grass and garden as fertilizer and it settles out of sight. Just barely cover the bottom of your litter pan because it expands a lot. Then I like to sprinkle a thin layer of finely shredded aspen or poplar on top for comfort. Remove BBs daily, change the litter when it starts to look wet. This stuff is extremely economical.
You can also get paper based litter. Pretty absorbent, and available at any store that carries rabbit food, including the superstore.
Corn cob litter sounds good, but not very absorbent. Avoid pine or cedar! Bad for bunny lungs. Avoid any litter that clumps! If the bunny eats any of it you'll end up in vet emergency care. So use a big cat box, but no cat litter.
If you have access to lots of free paper, you can get a paper shredder and use the shreds for litter. It will need to be changed often, but it works, and you can't beat free!