Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Rabbit Hutch

When you buy a bunny and are keeping it outside you may think: What do I need to put him in? The answer is a rabbit hutch!

If you are keeping your bunny outdoors like me, you will need to make sure they have the correct amount of space so when they are in their hutch at night, they can freely move around and play when they feel like it.

You have to make sure you make it at least at the minimal the standard size as then you know they will be fine. Also, you can't keep them in their hutch all day, you have to have a run which also has a recommended size which I will talk about below.

Hutch Size:

When owning a bunny, you have to make sure they have enough space to move. From what I have heard, your hutch needs to be a minimum of 6 feet long (180cm) which is quite large. Also you have to have it at least 2 feet (60cm) in depth. Concluding, to make sure your bunny is able to stand up on its back feet without hitting his head, it needs to be 2-3 feet (60-90cm) depending on your bunnies height. All you need to remember for this is the larger it is, the better.

Having a hutch this size will allow your bunny to have large toys in his hutch which he can play with, and it will mean he can run around madly. I found when I bought my bunny a larger hutch he was a lot neater for where he would discrete, making his hutch much easier to clean out daily.

Run Size:

Your rabbit should be spending lots of time in their run, seeing as the new recommended time to keep them in there daily, is 4 hours. I have heard they should be in a run of at the smallest size, 6 feet (180cm) by 4 feet (120cm). If you want, you could make it larger than this, which would benefit your bunny more, especially if they like going on mad run-arounds.

I find that its nicer for them to have you there when they are out in their run as you will bond with them and keep them company. As they feel more comfortable around you, they will come up to you and jump over you and onto your lap if your sitting on the grass.

Caution: Make sure not to have their hutch or run with mesh on the ground with them walking on it as this will wreck their feet giving them bumble foot which is very painful for them.

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