Rabbit Information

Rabbit care

Pg.10  Hutches Consideration

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Rg7P8lBTs

 Rabbits have burrows in the wild, so it is acceptable that they spend the night in a hutch as equivalent to a tunnel house for night time safety

1: Rabbits need space to run around in, and stretch the full height of an adult rabbit.

A hutch should only be considered as a place for night time safety.

It should NOT be their life time prison.

Consider the size of the rabbit when deciding on a suitable hutch . The larger the better.

 2: Ventilation. Simply a box is not suitable.

Banks of hutches only have a front window, so there is limited ventilation. Not good !

 3: Sleeping enclosure and run area. Rabbits need a cozy warm place to feel safe, equivalent to a burrow, although very often a rabbit will sit in the run area on guard at night

 4: Easy access. I find a lift up lid is usually easier than a small door. There needs to be easy access to both the run and the nest box.

5: Mouse, rat, fox, mosquito, dog and cat proof.

 Fly wire stapled to all the hutch windows prevents mosquitoes.

A fence or playpen won't protect a rabbit from a fox, as foxes easily climb fences

6: Protection from heat and cold. A metal roof would need to be insulated, as it would be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.

It is best to place the hutch in a protected position.

 

Hutch handles make it easier to shift the hutch into a more suitable position

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbits are most comfortable between 13-23deg C

Place a thermometer in the hutch so that you know what temperature your bunny is experiencing

 

 7: Ease of cleaning. An elevated hutch on legs, or wheels, is easy to hose out.

Some hutches have slide or lift out floors, which make cleaning easy.

CLEANING the hutch

The hutch should be sprayed with 1% bleach/water solution after each cleaning day.

To make up this 1% Bleach cleaning solution use

2 teaspoons (10ml.) bleach to 1 litre water.

 Also clean Rabbit toilets and litter trays with this 1% solution

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Use a 2% bleach solution when you first purchase a second hand hutch.

(2 teaspoons) of bleach to 1litre water.)

This is too strong to use on a regular basis as it will gradually corrode the wire.

This will kill fungus, parasites, bacteria, and viruses.

It is advisable to wear mask when using this strong solution to protect your lungs from the fumes.

After cleaning with this stronger solution, rinse the hutch out with water before use.

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Do not allow build-up of droppings and urine which harbor fly maggots.

Unclean conditions can cause many rabbit diseases.

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8: If the floor is wire, make sure that the wire isn’t too wide for the rabbit to feel comfortable. A washable cotton mat timber board, and towels, help to prevent sore hocks.

9: Lawn hutches are usually too small. They need to have a timber nest box, not metal. Moisture rises from the ground causing damp unhygienic conditions.

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 Metal lawn hutches are definitely not suitable, as they are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

 

 10: Indoor hutches

Usually too small.

They are useful to use during summer heat, or cold nights, or just for night time indoor safety.

These hutches may be adequate in combination with a playpen for daytime exercise

An indoor playpen set up is just as good as an indoor hutch

 

 Banks of Hutches

 Some breeders keep their rabbits in hutch banks, which don't provide much ventilation, just like a box with a window .

 

This is sad and not a happy life for a rabbit, like being kept in a prison

Rabbits need exercise and stimulation for a happy life.

I repeat

A HUTCH should be for night time safety only, not a life time prison.

 It should be seen as equivalent to a rabbit going into its burrow after a happy day running around enjoying life.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Rg7P8lBTs