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Rabbit Winter Survival Guide

As rabbit owners we have a responsibility to look after the needs of our bunnies ensuring that they have a suitable diet, good accommodation, and companionship.

Ensuring that they are healthy and are able to live a happy and normal life is a priority.

Although rabbits will naturally prepare themselves for the start of the dark and colder months, we do have a responsibility to to give our bunnies that much more attention at this time of year.

There are many different factors to consider when keeping rabbits happy and healthy during winter time so we thought it would a good idea to write a post with some things to think about for your rabbit over winter time.

There are a number of things to check on and to ensure are in place to ensure your rabbits accommodation is well set up for them.

So here are 15 key factors we think are important to consider for bunnies over the winter time for rabbit winter care

Bringing your rabbit indoors

If the temperature outside starts to fall to freezing then the first thing to think about is moving your rabbit inside your home.

It gives them the shelter and warmth that they need and means that that you don’t have to worry about the harshness of winter that can really affect your rabbit.

What about if there is no space for a rabbit in your home?

However, for many owners, we understand that this is not an option at the moment.

If you do not have the space in your home then there are other alternatives.

If you have a shed, outhouse, barn, car-free garage then these types of places can also provide more protection for them over winter time.

If you are thinking of doing this, then this is a really good thing to do.

But before you do, there are some things to think about before you take your rabbits indoors.

5 things to consider before moving your rabbit inside
  • Make sure that where ever you put your rabbit, that the area has been properly rabbit-proofed so that it is free from wires and anything you don’t want chewed.
  • It is important that it is free of toxic fumes and chemical spills, as well as any plants that are poisonous and any cables which may cause them an electric shock.
  • It isn’t a good idea to keep a rabbit in a greenhouse mainly because of the range of temperatures that greenhouses have. Conservatories are also not good for them.
  • Its important that any area where a rabbit is kept has a good temperature for them and that it is ventilated.
  • Make sure your rabbits accomodation is away from any kind of heater which may cause your rabbits to overheat.

 

Make winter more interesting for rabbits

Winter can be a boring time for rabbits as quite often they are unable to get outside and do the activities they can do in the lighter and warmer months. So providing your rabbit with interesting activities can really help them during this time.

Here are some things you can do for your rabbit;

Whether they are inside or outside, any areas where you keep your rabbits must be large, safe and secure enough.

They need access to an area to exercise in, so ensure they are not cooped up in a hytch all day and night.

Ensure your bunnies have enough space in their shelter for toys, hiding places, and platforms that will keep life interesting for your rabbit. It will make all the difference for them and ensure that they aren’t bored.

In this aspect, the size of the hutch and run is important so that they get the exercise they need.

The minimum hutch size that the RWAF recommends is a hutch size of 6′ x 2′ x 2′, which means that;

  • the rabbits have space to move around, they need space for 3 hops which is the equivalent of 6-7 feet around their run.
  • it allows the rabbit to stand on its hind legs
  • it allows for its food, shelter and toilet areas to be separated and kept apart from each other.
Give rabbits space to play

Playtime is important all year round so make sure you give your rabbits company, including attention from you in a way that they enjoy, and provide them with toys and boredom breakers to entertain them.

Toys such as paper, tunnels, cardboard and objects to grow and manipulate are great for rabbits to enjoy. In particular;

  • Paper – such as handle-less paper bags, shredded newspaper, old books and telephone directories. Hiding treats inside wrapped paper is a good and fun exercise for them.
  • Cardboard – toilet roll tubes, empty breakfast boxes make great play toys for rabbits. Stuffing them full of hay makes them more fun as rabbits just live hay. Also cardboard boxes with holes cut out make very good hiding places for them.
  • Tubes and tunnels – can be purchased either in plastic or fabric form or you can choose to make your own. Rabbits love to run up and down tubes.
  • Objects to throw and manipulate – these objects such as plastic plant pots and other containers, wicker balls, tennis balls, and robust solid plastic baby toys. Make sure that there are no small parts that can be swallowed by the rabbit.

There are many other different boredom breakers that you can purchase from any good pet store as well.

One more thing….

As opportunities to go out onto grass are limited, you might like to try growing grass in trays to allow your rabbits the chance to graze and dig.

 

Protecting your rabbits from the elements

If your rabbit’s home is outside, ensure that their home is waterproof, draught proof, dry and is well ventilated.

The thing is, when winter comes so does the weather that is associated with winter, which is not the kind of weather that rabbits appreciate.

Inclement weather such as high winds, rain, snow, and hail can batter a rabbits hutch.

What temperatures can a rabbit tolerate?

Rabbits are easily about to tolerate temperatures at 0 degrees celcius/32 degrees fahrenheit. As long as they have shelter from the wind, rain and snow they are very tolerant.

The kinds of weather your rabbit hates

Wind – Rabbits hate high winds and will retreat from them.

You may find that strong winds effect your rabbits home. They may effect your rabbits bedding and food not to mention the structure of the rabbits home.

It is well worth moving the hutch to a more sheltered place to protect the rabbit from strong winds.

It is worth cladding the hutch with carpet off cuts covering the the sides, top and back of the hutch which will help to insulate the hutch from high winds and cold.

Then place protective sheeting over the carpet to keep it dry.

You can also stop wind from getting into the hutch by turning the hutch against the wind or even just putting a blockade in front of the hutch to act as a wind break.

When the wind is low then leave the front open for ventilation and then at night cover it up leaving a small area open for air to get in.

Another way to keep them put of the wind is to move the accommodation into a shed, outhouse, barn, or garage which isn’t being used for a car. You can still add insulation to the walls to help keep the warmth in

Rain, snow and hail – Unfortunately many rabbit hutches are not made from strong materials which means that they allow rain to get into the structure of the hutch.

A hutch can only be only give protection to a rabbit if its in a good condition.

So it’s worth checking if your rabbits hutch requires repairing before winter comes around to make sure it is water resistant.

Make repairs to your rabbit’s home before winter sets in

If the roof has some damage or is leaking then this can be repairable, however if the roof is beyond repair them it may need completely replacing.

A lot of hutch roofs are constructed with poor timber such as plywood which is covered in roofing felt.

This will only protect the wood for so long.

Also, beware of flat roofs as they will not hold standing water for long, before they start to leak. Sloping roofs will have a much longer lifespan, and are more leak proof.

If you have mesh doors they can be covered partially with clear plastic or perspex which means that your rabbit can still have visibility and light is still able to get in.

However, ventilation is still important so try to leave a gap of at least a few inches.

 

Consider the diet of your rabbit

It’s good for a rabbit to have good nutrition. Onne of the key benefits of this, is that it ensures the growth of a thick fur coat for insulation against the cold.

Have good quality hay

The most important part of your rabbits diet is always good quality hay and you should always feed this to your rabbits, along with suitable fresh greens much like you would throughout the year.

Try not to over feed your rabbits as this could lead to obesity and don’t make any sudden changes to their diet as this may cause upsets to their digestive system.

Beware of frozen grass

Frozen grass is not good for rabbits at all.

If they ingest frozen grass, this can lead to stomach upsets. So because of this, it will be necessary to find somewhere else for them to exercise such as on concrete.

Check they are eating and drinking normally everyday

It is worth checking that your rabbit is eating and drinking normally everyday and if you have any concerns about their dietary requirements over winter then speak to your vet.

 

Treat the outside of the hutch/run/shelter with pet safe wood preservative

If you are keeping your rabbit outside then ensuring the hutch is in good repair is important. Treating a rabbit’s home is something that many don’t consider doing. But it is a really good thing to do because of how much it increases the longevity of the hutch.

Treating your shelter with wood preservative will stop damp from entering the hutch and prevent the wood from rotting.

The wood preservative will need to be applied every two to three years at a minimum and applied both outside and inside to ensure that the whole hutch is protected.

Wood preservatives that are pet friendly can be purchased from pet stores or DIY stores. This is because the fumes from normal wood preservative can be toxic and can make your rabbit ill. They could even kill them if they ingest the preservative.

Pet friendly wood preservatives that rabbit owners have found that work well are Cuprinol Garden Shades, Wilkinsons High Performance Timbercare, Protek wood stain and Good for Wood.

But do seek advice before purchasing and ensure that wood preservative that you do use is pet friendly.

 

Ensure an outside rabbit hutch is raised off the ground

If you have ever wondered why rabbit hutches need to be raised off the ground (like I have) then there is one reason for this:

Damp!

Damp can get into a hutch very easily if the wooden base is one the ground.

Make sure the shelter is raised off the ground by at least 20cm so as to prevent the base from becoming rotten.

If your hutch does not have legs then just placing a brick on each corner will do the job well and will mean that air can get under the hutch and reduce any damp intake.

Another reason to ensure your hutch is raised off the ground is if your area is at risk of flooding.

If this is the case, then consider how far water has come up in the past and adapt your hutch accordingly to more than that height.

Beware of snow drifts

Snow drifts can be a problem if your home is in an area which has problems with them.

If this is the case, as mentioned preciously, then it is worth moving your rabbits to a safer place.

 

What about Rabbits with mobility problems?

If your rabbits have mobility problems, the housing will need to be at ground level so as to avoid inconvenience for them in using ramps to access their shelter.

In cases such as these, it is better to place their housing inside the home or outhouse to prevent the accomodation from getting damp.

Older rabbits often have problems getting around, and these issues will vary depending on the rabbit.

Rabbits that are used to being outside will need rubber mats laid down for them placed over any laminate or stone tiled flooring which can become slippery. This is so they are able to get a better grip of the flooring when the hop around.

You may need to put out low-sided litter trays to enable them to access the litter tray with ease.

Any bedding which is perched in places where they might need to climb may need to be moved to a lower place where they can access it without any problems.

 

Consider the location of your rabbit’s hutch

If you are keeping a rabbit outside, the place where you put your rabbit’s housing is very important during winter time.

Where they are situated can have a big effect in the health and well being so care needs to be taken to ensure that their home is in the right place.

For accommodation which is located in areas which are prone to flooding or heavy snow drifts, their housing will need to be moved to a better location out of the way of these hazards so there is no potential of being affected.

If the hutch is located on the side of your house, then make sure you weather proof it against frost as it tends to build up a foot away from the exterior walls of the house.

A good place to put a hutch is halfway in the sun and halfway in the shade so the rabbit has the best of both worlds.

During winter time, it is better for them to live away from grass away from frosted grass which will give them stomach upsets, as preciously mentioned.

Your rabbit will still need access to grass or hay at the very least if you haven’t got access to grass.

Think about putting them in a place where they get shelter and respite from cold winds and is less open. They will benefit from not being in exposed areas.

 

What about covering your hutch?

Covering your hutch is a must during winter time.

By covering your rabbit’s hutch you give them protection and insulation against the cold, rain and snow.

Using a hutch snuggle

A great option to use during this time is to use a hutch snuggle will help to regulate the temperature of the hutch. This will help keep your rabbit’s housing warm in winter and cooler in summer.

Methods of insulation

Another way to cover the whole hutch is to use an old blanket or a carpet over all areas of the hutch and then cover it with a tarpaulin.

This will help to keep the heat in and the elements such as rain, snow, sleet, hail and winds out. It is also a more economical way of insulating your rabbit’s home.

You can leave the front open during the day and then during the night cover the majority of the hutch leaving just a small opening enough for ventilation.

 

Keep your rabbits straw topped up

Make sure your rabbit has plenty of hay and straw not only to eat but to make their bed on within their shelter.

This needs to be topped up daily and unfortunately your expenditure for hay will increase substantially during this time. But your rabbit will thank you for it.

In their bedding areas, rabbits do need the area to be snug and warm.

This space needs to be the size of a medium sized box with an entrance.

If it’s a smaller box then that is fine, as long as the rabbit can sit comfortably in it. In fact, it will keep the heat in much better.

You can then line the walls and floors with newspaper which can be placed underneath the bedding.

Again keep the shelter full of hay. They will then form their bed on it.

Keep a regular cleaning schedule

It is worth cleaning out your rabbit’s home every day to get rid of excrement and to keep it clean for them.

Don’t go for too long without cleaning out the shelter as it can become uncomfortable for them.

Beware of freezing drinking water

Rabbits always need a good and consistent supply of fresh water. However, over winter this can be jeopardised by low temperatures which can then freeze up the water.

This can have a detrimental effect on the rabbits diet and overall health and will lead to them becoming dehydrated.

This is why it is vital that their water supply is checked at least twice a day and topped up to ensure it is kept moving and doesn’t freeze up.

During your checks make sure that water is flowing through the spout and that you leave some air in the bottle because water expands when it is frozen.

Keep jug of water at room temperature

Don’t refill from an outside tap, but have a jug of water which is kept in your home at room-temperature which is used to top up their water bottle.

You can also use some drops of medicinal glycerine that can be added to the water bottle to stop it from freezing.

A good purchase is also a bottle snug which is a wrap for your water bottle which ensures that it doesn’t freeze up and also has the benefit of ensuring your bottle stays algae free during the summer as well.

 

Check your rabbit’s health regularly

Its important to take your rabbit’s for regular check ups with your vet throughout the year.

You may want to consider doing this before and during the winter to make sure you don’t have to make any further adjustments so as to help make your rabbit’s more comfortable.

Your vet will also be able to advise you on when your pets vaccinations are due and if they need any treatment for fleas or internal parasites.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your rabbits teeth and nails too to make sure that they are not becoming overgrown – your vet will be able to help you out with advice for this.

If you notice any change in your rabbits’ eating, drinking, toileting or behaviour at any time, seek veterinary advice.

 

Get ready for springtime

If you are preparing to take your rabbits back outside after winter, then do wait until temperatures have risen and bring them out gradually.

It is not a good idea to make the transition immediate as it will be too much of a shock to them.

 Take your time with moving them outside

So take your time and introduce them over shorter time spans which can then gradually increase until they are ready to be outside all of the time.

If temperatures are low at night then it is a good idea to keep them inside during the night and then bring them out during the day when temperatures warm up.

 

Looking after new rabbits during winter

If you have a new rabbit which has been living inside (which most purchased rabbits do) then extra care must be taken.

If you get your new rabbit in autumn or winter time then it becomes more important to place your rabbits housing in a sheltered location, as previously mentioned.

Places like sheds or outhouses are great for this.

Only use a garage if it is not used for storing a car because of the fumes.

Your new rabbit may have difficulty adjusting to the extreme cold temperatures.

Additionally, be careful about bringing rabbits’s that are used to being kept outside into your home for short amounts of time as they may have difficulty in adjusting to the change in temperature.

 

Be extra wary of predators

If you rabbits are outside, ask yourself a few simple questions to establish if your rabbits are in the most suitable place in your garden to make sure that they are warm and dry.

  • If your rabbits home is in an exposed area, then move it so that it’s sheltered from draughts and bad weather.
  • A suitable cover will protect them from the wind and the rain and keep their home warm and dry as well. However, do leave the front of their shelter uncovered during the day for ventilation.
  • As always, make sure your rabbits home is safe and secure. Providing a fence around your garden will discourage predators from entering as their food supply will be scarce and they will be on he look out for more food. So make sure your bunnies are well protected.

Just by knowing they have a predator checking them out, can cause a lot of stress for a rabbit.

Originally posted 2014-10-01 01:26:05.

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How to Tell if your Child is Ready to look after a Rabbit

It is often said that rabbits are good pets for children.

They are soft, friendly, are good fun and easy to maintain, so of course they are a really popular choice for children who are looking for a pet to look after.

There are much more trickier pets out there and so a rabbit seems a good choice.

This is quite true but what is also true is that children do need to supervised around rabbits.

Rabbits are not greatly needy pets, but do require a good deal of care in terms of how and when they are fed, maintained and how they are handled.

It is a lot to ask a young child to do even if they promise that they will look after them without a problem.

To buy a rabbit for a young child to look after unsupervised is really not a good idea to do.

We originally bought our rabbit for our children to enjoy but I am the main person who looks after the rabbit.

However, there have been occasions where children have the maturity and responsibility to look after a rabbit and do so with great care and attention.

So how do you know if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of a rabbit?

Here are 5 useful questions to ask to decipher whether your child is ready for responsibility.

1. Will they remember to feed the rabbit on a daily basis unprompted?

2. Will they feed the correct food and ensure their water and hay is topped up?

3. When they pick them up, will they handled in the correct way which considers the rabbits comfort?

4. Will they remember to clean out the hutch on a weekly basis without prompting?

5. Will they spend time with the rabbit and give it attention without being prompted?

It is hard to consider these things but if your child really wants a rabbit then it worth saying that you should definitely be ready to be the main person responsible for the upkeep and care of the rabbit if the child’s interest dies.

There are so many Rabbits which are bought for children and after a while are neglected and discarded once they have been lost interest in.

This is why it is really worth considering whether a rabbit is the right pet for your child and whether it will get the care and attention that it needs on an ongoing basis.

If they are ready to do so then it can be a great experience for them and teach them a lot with regards to taking responsibility.

Originally posted 2014-09-20 19:08:50.

do rabbits make great pets for children

Do Rabbits Make great Pets for Children?

It is often said that rabbits are great pets for children.

They are soft, friendly, are good fun and easy to maintain, so of course they are a really popular choice for children who are looking for a pet to look after.

There are much more trickier pets out there and so a rabbit seems a good choice.

This is quite true, but what is also true is that children do need to supervised around rabbits.

Rabbits are not greatly needy pets, but do require a good deal of care in terms of how and when they are fed, maintained and how they are handled.

It is a lot to ask a young child to do even if they promise that they will look after them without a problem.

To buy a rabbit for a young child to look after unsupervised is really not a good idea to do.

We originally bought our rabbit for our children to enjoy but I am the main person who looks after the rabbit.

However, there have been occasions where children have the maturity and responsibility to look after a rabbit and do so with great care and attention.

So how do you know if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of a rabbit?

5 Things to consider before letting your child look after a rabbit alone

Here are some useful things that you should consider.

1. Will they remember to feed the rabbit on a daily basis unprompted?

2. Will they feed the correct food and ensure their water and hay is topped up?

3. When they pick them up, will they handled in the correct way which considers the rabbits comfort?

4. Will they remember to clean out the hutch on a weekly basis without prompting.

5. Will they spend time with the rabbit and give it attention without being prompted?

It is hard to consider these things but if your child really wants a rabbit then it worth saying that you should definitely be ready to be the main person responsible for the upkeep and care of the rabbit if the child’s interest dies.

There are so many Rabbits which are bought for children and after a while are neglected and discarded once they have been lost interest in.

This is why it is really worth considering whether a rabbit is the right pet for your child and whether it will get the care and attention that it needs on an ongoing basis.

So rabbits do make great pets for children, but only if you as an adult are prepared to supervise and care for the rabbit, unless your child is ready to do so on there own on an ongoing and consistent basis.

Originally posted 2014-09-19 21:30:21.

5 Characteristics of a Healthy Rabbit

When looking to get a rabbit it is tempting to get the first one you see. Unfortunately, all rabbits aren’t all bred in the same way.

Some are looked after with more care than others and are much stronger than others.

So if you’ve come across this article, then I’m figuring that you are interested in finding some good physical charaHealthy rabbitcteristics or traits of a healthy rabbit.

This is a list of five good characteristics of a healthy rabbit that you should look out for when getting a rabbit.

This will really help in the long run with your rabbit and hopefully save you money in unwanted visits to the vet.

So here you go…

1. A healthy rabbit has a good clean coat

The coat of the rabbit should be clean clean and it should have a glossy glean to it.

There should be no sign of mites.

The coat should be clean around the anus and there should be no evidence of diarrhoea.

When a rabbit has diarrhoea, it is a sign of an unbalanced diet.

2. A healthy rabbit has a good set of eyes

Rabbits should have have bright eyes, and there should be no discharge from them.

Any discharge means that a rabbit will need a visit to the vet and they could be for a number of reasons, which are helpfully explained in this article which goes into the different reasons for rabbit eye discharge.

3. A healthy rabbit has a nice damp nose

Their nose should be damp but have no discharge from it and it should not be runny.

If they have a runny nose, then they need to get to the vet as soon as possible as they are probably suffering from an infection of the upper respiratory tract, which is very common with rabbits.

4. A healthy rabbit has dry front paws

Following on from number 3, their front paws should be dry.

If they are wet or they are matted then this is a sign that the rabbit has a runny nose and is using its paws to wipe its nose using its paws.

If you can’t see any discharge from their nose, then do check their paws.

5. A healthy rabbit has a good set of even teeth

The teeth of the rabbit should not be crooked or pertrude from its mouth.

The teeth of a rabbit should meet evenly.

When you examine a young rabbit, you should see that they are pointed until your rabbit begins to gnaw things.

Once your rabbit’s teeth have been gnawed sufficiently, they will become even and should meet together evenly.

Teeth problems can occur from chewing hard objects such as the wire on cages, from an injury or it can simply be inherited.

Even so, this can be dealt with, and this is a good article here that explains more about how to deal with crooked rabbit teeth.

 

Originally posted 2014-09-15 21:52:26.

Do Rabbits Drink a lot of Water?

Rabbits are a type of animal that need a lot of water.

They drink it everyday and around the clock, but why is that?

Water is the most needed food for rabbits and they will always need it because of the nutritional benefit that it beings.

It is recommended that you give your rabbit a constant supply of water and ensure their water bottle is always topped up so that it never goes empty.

If a rabbit does not have water it can cause a lot of harm to the rabbit.

Originally posted 2014-09-11 20:05:34.

Can Rabbits Drink out of a Bowl?

It is well known that rabbits are often given a bottle to drink out of by owners.

It is the best and safest way of giving your rabbit water and ensures that they won’t spill it and will get access to water whenever they need it.

This is ultimately beneficial for the rabbit.

But what about rabbits drinking from a bowl?

They can drink from a bowl and can do so with ease.

But the problem with this is that the water is more likely to be spilled, pee’d in, poo’d in, and contaminated with hay.

Originally posted 2014-09-11 20:03:42.

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15 Ways To Keep Your Rabbit Warm in the Winter

Now that summer is saying goodbye and fall is arriving, thoughts turn to how we can keep our beloved bunnies warm through the colder months.

It is important to keep rabbits warm as they do feel the cold.

So here are some ways you can keep your rabbit warm in the colder months.

1. Rabbits are quite hardy creatures and can survive the cold well. Its when the temperature falls below zero degrees centigrade, extra precautions need to be made such as the ones below.

2. If you have one rabbit, consider getting another one so that they can keep each other warm. By snuggling up against each other they can get warm from each other.

3. Straw makes a warmer bed than hay does as its thicker.

4. Be generous with the amount of hay and straw you give you bunnies. Don’t hold back and stock up regularly.

5. Clean out their hutches regularly and get rid of any damp straw immediately so they are not sitting on it for long. Put a layer of wood shavings underneath so it can absorb any wetness as well.

6. Don’t keep your bunnies locked up in a hutch. They still need exercise in their run and can live outside as long as they have somewhere warm and dry to retreat to when they need to get away from the cold.

7. If you have the space and the money, using a garden shed to keep your bunnies in is a great way of keeping them over winter. They give them the space to run around but keep them dry and warm at the same time.

8. If you are intending to bring your bunnies inside do it over the course of a few weeks so that they can get used to the change of environment and make sure that they have items that they are used to like and toys, boxes, water bottles, feeding trays etc.

9. Keep them away from draughts and damp. This means regularly checking the hutch or shed is free from leaks and that they have a dry bed of hay.

10. Its important that they always have a good supply of hay to sleep in and also to eat.

11. Keep rabbit runs and hutches warm by putting a tarpaulin over them and ensure that they have openings so that the rabbit can see through them and that the hutch and run have some air in it.

12. Put some insulation under the tarpaulin. This can be old duvets or blankets and provide some good padding, keeping the warmth in.

13. Snugglesafe heat pads are great for keeping rabbits warm especially at nights when the cold is more bitter.

14. Try and keep the wind off the run and hutch. You can use covers for this such as a good beach wind break.

15. Create a shelter within a shelter for them by taking a cardboard box or shoebox and filling it with fresh hay.

Originally posted 2014-09-10 22:15:17.

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8 Different Ideas for a Rabbit Run

If you are looking to get a rabbit run then there all kinds of different ideas that you could look at.

The great thing about rabbit runs is that there are plenty of different ideas that you could try out to ensure that your rabbit gets the exercise that you need.

Here are 8 ideas for a rabbit run to give you food for thought.

1. An aviary

If you have the space for one, an aviary is a great home for a rabbit. The extra height space allows you to walk in and spend time with your rabbit.

They do vary in price depending on their size but can be purchased cheaply second-hand from the right place.

Here’s one guy who actually combines a rabbit home with looking after birds. However, they can be kept separately.

2. Wire pen

ideas for a rabbit runThese are wire panels that link together to form a hexagon or octagon and provide a space for your rabbit to run.

They are great for providing extended space for your rabbit to run in to attach to your existing run, but because they don’t have a roof they are not great for a permanent run for your rabbit.

This is simply because they don’t have a roof for it unless that is a separate roof is purchased to attach to it. They can be purchased relatively cheaply as well.

3. Self made run

Of course you need not buy a run if you don’t want to.

If you are that way inclined, you could build one yourself.

There are plenty of good places which can help with rabbit run ideas just like this one.

Just make sure it is a minimum of 1.8m x 1.2m and a rabbit can stand on its hind feet in it.

It also needs to have a roof and some kind of shelter for the rabbit as well. But this way can be a good cheap way of building a run and you can really use your imagination to make your rabbit’s experience that much more interesting.

It doesn’t’ have to be your standard wood frame and wire mesh rabbit run as well!

4. An interior room

Having a room in your home is a real luxury for a rabbit especially if they can have the run of it.

Just make sure that anything you don’t want chewed is out of there and it is sealed so they cant get out and property ventilated.

Some even just choose to set up a metal pen in their home, that’s up to you but could be useful if you live in an apartment.

 

5. The Apex Run

rabbit run ideas

This a run that is triangular and constructed from wire and mesh with usually a wooden frame.

It also tends to have a covered area for the rabbit plus it can be folded away for storage. They are usually limited in size by length, width and height.

The height can inhibit the rabbit as they have sloping sides.

They are good for additional exercise space but are not usually large enough for a permanent home for a rabbit.

6. Metal Runs

rabbit run ideasThese are rabbit runs which also double as puppy pens and have a sealed top which makes them good for rabbit runs.

They do need to be pegged to the ground to ensure that they don’t get lifted up easily and consideration needs to be given as to whether the rabbit could burrow out of it or even a predator burrow into it.

7. Wooden frame run

rabbit run ideasThese are usually the most common sort of rabbit run and can come in different shapes and sizes.

They give the rabbit good ample space to run around plus allow for good shelter as well.

 

 

8. C&C cages

These are indoor cages that can be built yourself to provide the type of cage that you would like for your bunnies.

The great thing about them is that they can be extended and also built up providing all kinds of interesting spaces for your bunnies to enjoy in the warmth of your home.

They can be purchased from the good people of c&c cages dot com.

I hope you found these ideas useful. Do you have any other ideas that haven’t been mentioned here?

If so, do let us know in the comments

Originally posted 2014-09-07 17:45:24.

how to keep a rabbit run safe

How To Keep a Rabbit Run Safe

Keeping a rabbit safe in a rabbit run is paramount to keeping a rabbit.

There are many things that can go wrong when keeping a rabbit in a run so here are 4 considerations to think about when securing your rabbit run;

1. Cover the Rabbit run with strong wire

If you are covering the run with wire then it must be strong enough to withstand being chewed by a rabbit or a predator.

Any wire which is soft is not good to use as it can easily be chewed and used as a way of escape.

2. Make sure that the rabbit run has a roof.

This is because rabbits can jump very high and could possibly get out a of particularly shallow run.

Also with open runs, there is always the risk of predators such as cats or foxes getting in.

3. Make sure the rabbit run is not easily moved.

They need to be kept firm and not be able to be moved easily.
Rabbits have a considerable amount of strength and so do predators such as foxes.

So a rabbit run needs to be kept secure and not able to be moved at all by your rabbit or by their predators.
It also needs to be unmovable by any inclement weather such as strong winds.

4. Make sure your rabbit can’t burrow out of the run.

Rabbits are very good at digging and so efforts need to be made to ensure that your rabbit is not able to burrow out of the run.

This can be solved by putting the run on concrete or by putting paving slabs around the edge of the run.

It is a good idea to keep checking the run to ensure that the rabbit is not digging a burrow furiously in order to get out.

The best thing to do if you have the time is to dig a trench about 20cm under where the edge of the run is and bury wire mesh or fill it with stones or concrete.

This is so there is a definite blockade for the rabbit and any predators that may seek to burrow in or out of the run.

 

The rabbits safety is the top priority

With all these suggestions, the safety of the rabbit is paramount.

Some of these methods may be considered a bit extreme but there is nothing here that rabbit owners haven’t experienced before and it can be heartbreaking to lose a rabbit because due considerations haven’t been taken into account.

So if you do have a rabbit run, do think about these things to ensure that your rabbit is kept happy and well looked after.

Originally posted 2014-09-06 14:55:07.

how much water should rabbits drink

How Much Water Should Rabbits Drink?

Water is vital for a rabbit to be sustained in their health. It is a really important part of their diet along with a hay, veggies, fruit and specialist rabbit food. If they don’t get water to drink they will get thirsty and their health will begin to deteriorate. They will start to attract diseases and get urinary problems that will be detrimental to their overall state of being. So it is important that water is available for them to drink all of the time without fail. By putting out a water bottle refreshed with fresh water for them, they can drink from it anytime they feel they need to. Just like us humans need access to fresh water from the tap to quench our thirst.

How Much Water Should Rabbits Drink?

Rabbits need to drink about 50-100 ml of water each and every day. It is important to monitor your rabbit to make sure that they are drinking enough water so when you are filling up your rabbit’s water bottle, take a regular measure before you attach the water bottle to the cage at the start of the day and then at the end of the day when you check it. This way, you can monitor your rabbit’s water intake closely. It is quite easy for the rabbit to neglect drinking enough and as mentioned before, this is when health problems occur.

If they won’t drink from a water bottle they may prefer to drink from an open dish. If they do so, have a low bowl which is heavy enough so that your bunny cannot push it around like having a plastic bowl would. A dish is particularly beneficial for a rabbit that has sore mouth or tooth problems as it is painful for them to suck on a water bottle nozzle.

For further reading check out this article, ‘my rabbit is not drinking water’

 

 

 

Originally posted 2018-03-19 22:03:23.