Pens And Care
Well June is half way gone and I’m still running to catch up. Funny how all winter I had nothing to do, and now I have so much I don’t know where to start. As a form of housing, I believe that an exercise pen is the quickest and possibly cheapest set up. You do not need to have a high level of DIY skill and if you ever need to move the pen or even move houses, the pen folds up. Your rabbit will get a lot more space to roam and if you have more than one rabbit, the extra space will mean they are less likely to fight.
If you are buying a young rabbit, always choose a cage for its adult your rabbit will be confined in a cage during your sleeping hours and your work hours, I would recommend you to find a cage that was 120+cm in you will be rabbit proofing the room the cage will be in (or the entire house) and you are considering letting your rabbit roam free throughout the whole day, a 100cm cage will suffice.
Other waterproof options include a plastic chair mat , large piece of plastic , piece of linoleum, tarp , foam playpen pieces , foam equipment mats (warning: bunnies may gnaw off the treadmill pattern), whelping pad , bed pads , or a rubber-backed rug If the waterproof surface you bought does not have enough grip for the rabbits, buy some cheap rugs and carpet off Craigslist and similar sources to overlay.
For the roof, make a grid of 3 panels by 2 panels the same way you did the floor, and attach that to the top of the panels, except for the door.Alternately, if you run out of panels, you can use a piece of fabric or an old bed sheet to cover the you have a particularly unadventurous or short bunny, you can leave it open, but even the laziest bunny may try to climb out if really bored.
For detailed information on these and many other health and safety issues affecting rabbits, visit , the website of the House Rabbit Society. Provide them with proper ventilation; build the hutch tall so that predators do not reach your loving pet. If you do not intend to move the pen often, with a bit of DIY, you can use sheets of corrugated plastic or boards of wood to create a ‘wall’ to line the walls of the pen. Also decide beforehand what rooms are out of bounds and take precautions for this so your rabbit understands. The reason for this is to make the dog hunt using it’s nose & not just sight chasing.
Heavy duty ceramic bowls for food, at least one for every rabbit – if you use plastic, be careful that the bunny may flip it over or chew on it. Now that your modular frame is finished it’s ready to hold up to six rabbit cages, four if you didn’t go modular. Many rabbit hutch plans call for a wire cage held within a wooden frame of some kind. Nest boxes within an enclosure make an ideal place for your rabbit to hide in or to keep warm in. They may also enjoy jumping on top of them.
Or add bits of wood to create a step effect and allow your rabbit to have more grip on the ramp. They have started to burrow which is fine with me. Our plan is to keep them in the same paddock until they kindle, and eventually remove the new kits to their own paddock for fryer rabbit. It may seem like the best idea to simply let you rabbit have the run of your home, that way you don’t need to worry about providing an environment. It should be stressed that the combination of an animal carrier and an x-pen to set up at your new location is probably the easiest way to travel with your rabbit.
For all breeds, once they have been taught basic obedience and the sit and stay is perfect with added distractions such as thrown dummies, there is no reason why these obedience lessons should not be moved into the pen where the distraction of rabbits running past the stationary dog can be introduced. All flooring for inside and outside accommodation should be non slip to avoid your rabbit injuring themselves. We make sure every row gets its own shutoff valve and drain faucet for any future plumbing problems.
Any NIC cage I’ve made (rabbit version of c&c), it’s taken a few days at least for bunny to get used to the upper levels. If they do, you may need to put wire on the bottom of the pen to prevent them from escaping. Also, if you decide to build with metal, the slats should be fairly close together so your rabbit cannot get his/her head through. It is a DIY hutch that has 4 stalls meaning that around 8 rabbits can get fit in it. You can use 2 x 2 plywood panels to fix the bottom frame the way you suppose to make the top frame. This is more critical for the does than the bucks and will make a noticeable difference in production.
The fence should be at least 30″ high and all items a rabbit could climb on should be about 30″ away from it to avoid an escape. Then build the supports for the box to sit on, making sure that it is tall enough and sturdy enough to keep the box, and bunnies, upright. Make sure to cut the pieces of mesh so that they cover each opening in the frame you built completely. It is up to you either you can make all the walls wooden or use mesh wire in order to keep an eye on the front wall. Most rabbit cages are 14 to 18” high, so wire rolls will usually come in those widths.
Look for cages with a side door to allow the bunny to hop in and out on her own, and maybe a top-loading door for ease of cleaning. The cages are either of concrete (lasting 15 to 30 years) or wood (lasting not more than two years). You don’t have a lot to spend, your winters are mild, you can catch a couple of rabbits for the pen, and you don’t have a lot of time to spend putting up a pen. If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, you can easily build a home for your rabbit.
For those with less well behaved rabbits, you can place a piece of lino under the cage, cut it larger that the base of the cage to leave several inches overhang outside the cage – this prevents your rabbit accessing the edge making it hard to chew. Constructing several independent rabbit hutches makes them easier to move around outdoors during the summer and bring indoors during the winter. Identical cages are often used for fattening five or six young rabbits (to 2.5 to 2.8 kg).
Also be careful about listening to those who would go in the opposite direction and market too small of cages. It is often possible to purchase plywood cut to specific dimensions, helping to make this project even easier to complete. Hi Lindsey, This is late in the answer, but maybe you’ll still get it. The habitat with the little house on it is a premade rabbit outdoor hutch (google them) and then an add on chicken wire pen. For example, if you have an area of the room available that is ‘L’ shaped, a normal cage would not have allowed you to make the most efficient use of that area but with these wire frames, you can build an ‘L’ shape cage.
Reuse wooden pallets to make a chicken/rabbit tractor —This guide doesn’t give rabbits a place for shade so you’ll probably want to cover one end of it or build a hut for them to rest in, but this is a very simple design that will keep your rabbits from harm while allowing them to get some exercise. Housing a rabbit outdoors without ever interacting with them will result in a rabbit afraid of humans. If you must house a single rabbit outside, please spend a couple of hours a day to interact with your rabbit so he will not be depressed. Make a walkway or ladder from a piece of plywood and fit it in place in the opening as shown in the drawing.
Always place runs onto concrete slabs to stop your rabbit digging a way out and to stop a predator digging his way in! One of the major rabbit diseases in traditional small-scale production using straw litter is coccidiosis. A rabbit cannot chew on a flat wall but will slowly but surely gnaw away any protruding part of the cage. Lacking space or occasion to move around and be a rabbit can put your pet in poor shape and poor state of health. Heelwork can also be practised, making sure each time a rabbit runs past the dog stands steady or better still sits down immediately.
Other cages I saw ran around $200-$350.00 so i don’t feel so bad about the cost. What’s more, a rabbit can develop behaviour issues, like over-grooming, constant chewing of its cage, destroying its belongings and even apathy or lack of interest in its environment. My House Rabbit is an educational website that promotes keeping pet rabbits inside the home. The breeding animals of heavy breeds can be reared on slatted floors and the young on wire mesh; but slatted floors must be cleaned more frequently. However, if you are unable to make a cube house or use an exercise pen and cages are too expensive, a dog crate can be a good simple choice.