Outdoor Rabbit Hutch

According to barneyandjemima.co.uk, rabbits are quickly becoming one of the ideal pets in most parts of the world. Even more importantly, the fact that rabbits are extremely sensitive and require proper care, which includes a good rabbit hutch.

Rabbits need to be kept warm and dry, so they make ideal pets as house rabbits. However they can also live in rabbit hutches outside as long as they are kept safe, warm and dry, and you give them lots of companies every day. If they are lonely, cold or wet, their life expectancy and general wellbeing will be much reduced.

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Interestingly, most families believe that the best option for rabbit housing is indoor housing. However, a rabbit needs exposure to the environment as long as it is well housed and protected. The outdoor rabbit hutch should adhere to some specifications as advised on barneyandjemima.co.uk.

If your rabbit is to live outside, you should keep it in a secure hutch. The hutch should be large enough for your rabbit to take several hops in any direction, and should have an outdoor run and a smaller enclosed sleeping area.

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. The entire hutch should have a solid roof to keep the rain off; the roof can hinge upwards to give you easy access for cleaning. Cover the whole floor of the hutch with suitable bedding, such as wood shavings, hay or newspaper. Make the layer of bedding thicker in the sleeping area.

Your rabbit will choose a section of the hutch to use as its toilet area; you should clean this area each day and clean the whole hutch around once a week. Use an animal safe disinfectant when cleaning. You should also provide a supply of hay and water; see our feeding section for more information about this.

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Another important factor is the size of the rabbit hutch. Most indoor hutches are so minute and limit the rabbit’s movements. Rabbit.org explains the requirements regarding size.

Bigger is better! A rabbit’s home should be at least 4-6 times the size of your bunny when he’s entirely stretched out–more if he is confined to a large amount of the day. Enclosure sizes also should be decided in conjunction with the amount of exercise time and space the rabbit has. One guideline to go by is at least 8 square feet of enclosure space combined with at least at least 24 square feet of exercise space, for 1-2 rabbits, in which the rabbit(s) can run and play at least 5 hours per day. You can build or buy your rabbit a two-story “condo” with the floors connected by a ramp–they love this!

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Therefore, rabbits do not need cages; one just needs to understand the nature of the animal so as to provide the best environment for your pet rabbit.

Your rabbit does not need a cage. However, an untrained rabbit probably should be kept in a home base of some kind, like an ex-pen, a large cage, or some other protected housing, while you’re not home to supervise and at night when you sleep.

Rabbits are crepuscular, which means that generally they sleep during the day and during the night but are ready to play at dawn and at twilight. Be sure to let them out during the evening when you are home, and if possible, in the morning while you get ready for work.

However, once your rabbit is familiar with your home, once you know what your rabbit does, and once your house has been fully bunny proofed, there’s no reason that he or she can’t have run off your home even when you’re not there.

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There are many commercially available designs of rabbit hutch that rabbit lover has access to for a price. However, it is best to use a design suitable for your pet, which in most cases involves buying rabbit hutch designs and constructing the hutch yourself.