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Need rabbit info, please
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jr    Posted 05-09-2003 at 09:23:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm planning on getting my kids 2 pet rabbits (female littermates, hopefully). I've built a 60x30x30 hutch for outdoors, screen on front, sides and bottom, solid wood back. I'm planning on building a box to put in the cage for them to go in for more protection from the elements when necessary. (I plan to cover the front and sides w/ plexiglass in the winter.
Questions: a) how big s/ the box be for two rabbits? b) I keep reading that rabbits will get sick in temperatures below 50 degrees?! I live in Minnesota and I know many people with outdoor rabbits. As a child our rabbits were always outdoors with nothing but a pile of hay. So, how cold is too cold. I have a shed that I could possibly move them into but I've also read that that can be worse; that they need to be in a well ventilated area.
Any info/tips welcome! Thx!!


jibowu adisa oluwafemi    Posted 12-11-2003 at 10:17:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
pls i am an undergraduate in one of nigeria higher institution . pls. i need information about rabbit- basically everything about rabbit.,


Ludwig    Posted 05-09-2003 at 13:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You see rabbits outside don't you?
We had rabbits when I was little, they had a hutch similar to what you described, maybe shorter. One end was boxed in with a little hole they could go through. In the winter we'd fill the boxed in part with hay and they'd burrow into that and be fine all winter. The best part about winter was when it snowed you didn't have to worry so much about watering, they'd eat the snow.
To keep the hutch clean of poop we'd move it around on the lawn. In the winter it'd freeze down and the poop pile would get quite large by spring, but they never seemed to mind. In the spring I'd spread the poop on the garden. Always had good grass where we had the hutch.


Terry Nelson    Posted 05-09-2003 at 10:23:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
jr, we have a bunny but it lives in the house with us and our two labradors. Actually, we have two labs and a bunny that allow us to share a house with them. We don't have any experience keeping them outdoors but that is obviously done, successfully. One caution, please. I caught a bunny under a neighbor's porch that had apparently been a pet, but released. We gave it to my wife's boss, a Naturopathic Physician, for their kids. Her husband is a Veterinarian. They put the bunny in it's cage at night and left it in their barn and were both amazed and slightly horrified to find it the next morning with one of it's rear quarters sawed off by a ferret, weasel, or some such predator. They were most surprised that predators could crawl through the screen of the cage to get to the bunny! Yep. Depending on the creatures you have in your neighborhood, and Minnesota has a host of predators, the surrounding cage and/or fence will have to be predator proof. Or else, have some other creature(s) there to chase predators away. I get most of my information about rabbits from kids and their parents at the Washington fair when they're showing. Like the folks on this site, they're very helpful.


Kevin    Posted 05-09-2003 at 10:02:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
jr. I live in central MN. and my kids have two rabbits. The hutch I made is very near identical to yours, I also had to make a hide away for them I used 1x8's and made a rectangular box 30"long thinking that they would fit in it or I'd have to make it bigger, well they both pack themselves in there and I'm sure it's cozy warm and they made it just fine all last winter in my barn, the barn has two goats in it not full of cattle or horses so it has been known to dip into the -10's in there and they seem happys as anything. keep them out of the wind and a little shelter they will be just fine. just feed them lots of food for energy keep it clean and put a potty pan in the corner and they use it like a cat (little saw dust inside) empty it everyday or it'll freeze overfull and forget the waterbottle it will definatly freeze solid in minutes in the tube,use a bowl and refresh at least twice aday no long weekends away from home and most of all don't make my mistake MAKE the kids do the chores or you will. Minnesota winters are long enough! well in some respects, GO WILD!!!!


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