These will be sent during the living willow season – from mid December
Each pack of 4 willow toys will contain one each of :
A Willow Spiral ‘Log’ – approx. 6″/15 cm long with an average diameter of 2″/5 cm. (Willow whips encased in a spiral corn dolly weave).
A Willow Bundle – 10 x sticks wrapped twice, approx. 10″/25 cm long with an average diameter of 1 ¼”/3 cm.
A Willow Hoop – approx. 5″/12.5 cm across the whole hoop with the willow approx 1″/2.5 cm thick.
A Hollow Woven Spiral – that you can put your own hay or other ‘herbage’ in for added interest. Approx. 3″ x 3″/7.5 cm x 7.5 cm.
The sizes and shapes may vary slightly as all will be individually handmade.
The toys are made from our own grown willow (unpeeled and not treated with pesticides) and we have used a variety of willow (Salix Viminalis) that we understand has low salicin levels (willow bark contains salicin which is metabolized in the body to create salicylic acid, an early form of aspirin). Incidentally, this is the wild rabbits’ favourite willow to gnaw at !
Why give willow toys to rabbits & guinea pigs ?
As well as the fact that chewing willow is beneficial for their teeth (helping to clean them and wear them down) the idea is that the toys can be rolled, nudged and tossed and will help to relieve boredom in rabbits and guinea pigs encouraging active play and exercise.
PLUS if they’re chewing willow they’re not chewing something else you don’t want them to – because they do just need to chew !
As with all toys, it is recommended that pets are not left unattended whilst playing/chewing and, obviously, they are not made to last – they are meant to be chewed to pieces.
The cost per pack is £15.00
Delivery will be with EVRi (formerly Hermes) at a cost of £4.00 – only to UK (excluding N. Ireland – sorry) addresses. Orders will be sent on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Orders can be collected from Willows Nursery, but this will need to be by appointment – just select the ‘Collect’ option under Delivery at the checkout.