Caring For Your Rabbits In Cold Weather

The home-built rabbit hutch has been the traditional rabbit housing for hundreds of years, ever since rabbits were first domesticated in Catholic monasteries around 1500 AD. In the following centuries, country children cared for their rabbits in wooden hutches. However, this author has had raccoons attack hutch rabbits through the wire floors, and strongly recommends covering the floor with a drop tray. Puppy pens are useful if you intend to eventually give your rabbit free reign in a bunny proofed room. The Cypress Fir that is used for these attractive and functional rabbit hutches naturally resists rotting and decaying. The hay rack, feed bowl and water bottle are mounted inside the Eglu Rabbit House and can be conveniently refilled through the side door.

The outdoor run should have a solid floor and wire mesh on at least one side to let plenty of light in. The enclosed sleeping area should have a small entrance from the run and should be enclosed by solid walls on all sides. For most breeds this will mean a hutch of 6ft long x 2ft tall, so we recommend a hutch no smaller than 6ft x 2ft x2ft, with an attached exercise run of 8ft long, 4ft wide and 2ft tall. The House Rabbit Society is a nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits, and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior. And we had to add a piece of trim in the middle, since the dresser was a bit too wide.

I also find that if you let them roam the garden they make their own bounderies and never go outside it and return to their hutches at night. The bolts won’t hurt a rabbit, but they aren’t comfortable, either, so the hay can go on the boards while the rabbit stays in the litter pan. Cover a sheet of wood, wider than the accommodation itself, with felt roofing and place on top of enclosures for added protection. If you do this make sure there is still good ventilation; perhaps leave a small gap along the top. When considering to keep your rabbit outdoors please remember these important tips when looking at the rabbit hutches to make a bunny hutch

In order to make this rabbit hutch, you will need a good supply of plywood, mesh wire, hinges, lock and nails. People like you make me fucking sick, by the way the whole fucking world isn’t gonna go vegan, you stuck up little bitch. At first Allie would chase the rabbit but the novelty soon wore off and anyway, Bosley is too quick for Allie. The rabbit hutch or living area must be as large as you can afford or allow for in the area in which it is to be placed. Make a walkway or ladder from a piece of plywood and fit it in place in the opening as shown in the drawing.

Rabbit hutches can be reasonably placed indoors without creating too much disturbance for your home environment. If you ever find your rabbit panting very hard and they have a wet nose, then your pet might be suffering from heat stroke. The Eglu Rabbit House is naturally weather resistant, it will last for years, and at the end of its life it can even be recycled.

So a 6ft hutch allows the bunnies to shelter, move about, and eat their hay and food, stretch out and be comfortable when they choose to be in their hutch. Make sure your divider leaves enough room for your rabbit to move around freely from area to area. Cut an opening in the front of the cage and be sure to cover the exposed edges with plastic trim. If you give your rabbit a water bowl, then change the water a minimum of twice a day.

Take the long wood pallets and cut them in one meter pieces for the structural solid of the long wood. If you have any babies in the nesting box, you need to check them regularly to make sure none of the little ones have fallen out of the nest because they will die of exposure pretty quickly. We hope it is useful as a step by step guide if you have a ‘Dexter’ in your garden. My first bunny was incredibly aggressive when I first adopted him and required hours of training, love, and attention to calm down. I had no idea how many worthless websites advertise ‘Free’ rabbit hutch and cage plans I would find on a google search.

Bosley sleeps on the hay as well as eating a bit of it. He also eats rabbit pellets, fresh lettuce, broccoli and spinach and always has a supply of fresh water. Once you’ve established the hutch best-suited to your needs, it’s time to prepare the other necessary items that your outdoor rabbits will need. Hutch styles vary considerably, and a design exists for just about every taste. The best thing to do is have a rabbit hutch you can move around from place to place so that when you do need to move it to a better position, you can.

Hanging baskets (the type sold at garden centres) make great hay racks because they are cheap and hold lots more hay than purpose-built rabbit hay racks. The run has a removable roof so that the family can get in & interact with the buns but also can cover it to protect them from the elements & predators. The minimum recommended cage space for one small- to medium-sized rabbit is four feet wide, two feet deep and two feet tall, but with rabbits, bigger is always better.