The RWAF recommends a minimum hutch size (for sleeping and toileting) of 1830 x 610 x 610 mm with an attached run of at least 2400 x 900 x 900mm for the keeping of one or two rabbits.
When contemplating acquiring pet rabbits most people initially think of housing them in a hutch. We advise exploring other options or at least suggest a hutch with at attached exercise area as an absolute minimum.
These days both in NZ and overseas people who keep rabbits as companion animals are looking well beyond the hutch. Do some research before making a hasty purchase, one that you later regret when you find it doesn’t suit you and your rabbits.
Think about these key points when you plan your bunny’s accommodation:
- Security – can the buns get out or predators get in?
- Accessibility for the human family to spend time with the buns and for cleaning.
- Situation – warm and sheltered for winter but not too much of a suntrap in summer.
- Suitability for an active prey species – hiding places, tunnels, look outs, running, jumping and digging space.
Showing that sizes matters, look at Tamsin Stones’ brilliant website & blog. We love her book ‘Understanding Your Rabbits Habits’ which can be ordered on line. She also has some great articles on her blog, from bunny enrichment to animal welfare discussion: www.therabbithouse.com/guide_size.asp
Accommodation ideas to explore:
Indoor housing ideas to explore:
We also love this tale of an evolving rabbit setup, which involves a love story!
Enjoy the whole article to see Dexter’s life transformed. (The ‘Runaround’ system is not available here but it’s the thought and evolution of finding a better life for a rabbit that’s important.) With the good old Kiwi ‘number 8 wire’ mentality you can probably build something better than the Runaround system anyway!
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