When you see some rabbits in their households, they are often placed within their hutch’s on their own and without company.
Its a pretty sad sight when you see a rabbit on their own in such a confined space.
Because the thing with rabbits is that they are not designed to live in a small space.
Why can’t rabbits live in small spaces.
When they are out in the wild they are very much used to living in vast great areas where they have the freedom of the area they are in.
They love to live in large groups and do not enjoy it when they live alone. They are very sociable animals who love to hang out with each other. They use each other to defend each other against predators who look to attack them.
So if rabbits need a good amount of space to live in, how much space does a rabbit need?
How large should a rabbit hutch measure?
A typical hutch should measure 6 ft x 2ft x 2 ft high accoring to the RWAF. This is Britain’s largest organisation for rabbit lovers!
The RWAF has existed since 1996 and is the combined effort of the Rabbit Welfare Association and its charity partner, the Rabbit Welfare Fund, working to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication by making people realise that rabbits are intelligent creatures that need space, exercise, companionship and stimulation and are not to be bought on a whim. (source RWAF).
This is the minimum size and the smallest it a hutch should be.
Why do rabbits need large amount of spaces?
Having a large amount of space allows the rabbit to move around, to eat, sleep, stand on their hind legs and have space for each rabbit to call their own.
It gives them the freedom to live and to not be cramped in the living space they are in.
However the more space they have the better for them.
There are some great hutches out there which allow you to give your rabbits the space they need, some are expensive however you can get some real bargains out there.
Why rabbits need a run to exercise in
Its not just a hutch they need, they need a run as well.
This is because they need a space to move around which is separate from their living space.
This gives them space to exercise so that they aren’t just stuck in one place all of the time.
A run is vital for them to shed the weight that they will put on if they don’t exercise.
Rabbits can quickly become obese if they don’t get the exercise that they need.
A good rabbit run run should measure 8 ft by 4 ft at a minimum in order to give them a good amount of space to run around.
This will enable them to stretch out to full height and they should be able to run around in it and not just walk around.
When rabbits have a good amount of space to live in, it really increases their quality of life and enables them to thrive in the environment that they live in.