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Considering getting a pet for the kids, and was contemplating the idea of a rabbit kept outdoors. Which kind of rabbit can live outdoors in a hutch, would you recommend? There are foxes near us as we… Read More
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Considering getting a pet for the kids, and was contemplating the idea of a rabbit kept outdoors. Which kind of rabbit can live outdoors in a hutch, would you recommend? There are foxes near us as we live near railway but our garden is completely enclosed with 5 ft fence, can foxes jump?! Any advice would be appreciated
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#1
My brother used to keep a pet rabbit in a wooden playhouse in the garden. Was a bit like a hotel considering the size of it. They had lots of insulation so there would be enough warmth.

Your point about foxes. Yes, they can climb. If they want to get over a 5 foot fence they will.
My brothers rabbit was killed by a fox. The fox didnt actually get it but it died from fear after a fox tried to get it.
#2
Thanks for your comments, mmm I would be worried about the foxes, not fair to put a wee rabbit into harms way :( Sorry kids - think its just gonna be a goldfish!!


WoolyM
My brother used to keep a pet rabbit in a wooden playhouse in the garden. Was a bit like a hotel considering the size of it. They had lots of insulation so there would be enough warmth.

Your point about foxes. Yes, they can climb. If they want to get over a 5 foot fence they will.
My brothers rabbit was killed by a fox. The fox didnt actually get it but it died from fear after a fox tried to get it.
#3
I used to keep 4 rabbits in a hutch outside our house in the sticks, although it did not have a 5" fence surrounding it. Needless to say fantasitc mr fox came in and ate them all.
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Thought yours was going to be a happy ending oO

Rupz
I used to keep 4 rabbits in a hutch outside our house in the sticks, although it did not have a 5" fence surrounding it. Needless to say fantasitc mr fox came in and ate them all.
#5
sorry to dissapoint..... im going to buy some chickens next.......but this time build a double skinned wall with an electric fence so the foxes get it! Never had fox burgers before :D
#6
I have always kept rabbits outside. Ive had different breeds too.
with regards to the fox. as long as you have bolt holes for the rabbits to escape to that the fox cannot follow it should be okay. for example,. our rabbit has under the hutch, about a 3 to 4 inch gap. I rigged the rabbit door so that only the rabbit can get into it and nothing else, unless its smaller! My rabbit also at night has the advantage of being able to climb a ramp to my room and sit on the inside sill. The window is only open to accomodate the rabbit! So she watches everything from the window sill in comfort, warmth and safety. If you decide to get a rabbit, make sure you train it to toilet in a tray, so less cleaning up for you. I managed to do this for both rabbits and hamsters. Good luck! they are lovely to have, watch and to handle.
#7
we've got a house rabbit, we did have a garden rabbit, but a cat go into its run & killed it :(
#8
i have had a rabbit kept in the garden ( hutch ) for the last 6 years - we have a netherlands/dwarf cross so it's still only quite small at full size... garden is enclosed with a 6ft fence - don't get foxes but we do get cats ... she sees them off though !! fierce little thing she is !!!! LOVES to dig warrens too so be careful of any flower beds!!
#9
arcangel111
i have had a rabbit kept in the garden ( hutch ) for the last 6 years - we have a netherlands/dwarf cross so it's still only quite small at full size... garden is enclosed with a 6ft fence - don't get foxes but we do get cats ... she sees them off though !! fierce little thing she is !!!! LOVES to dig warrens too so be careful of any flower beds!!

Actually thats a good point. Rabbits burrowing anywhere close to the fence can be a start point for a fox to get into the garden easily. Or for the rabbit to escape.
#10
When we had rabbits we kept them outside during spring, summer, autumn, and they came inside for the winter
#11
:(

richp
we've got a house rabbit, we did have a garden rabbit, but a cat go into its run & killed it :(
#12
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1 :(
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shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1 :(


shops what you need is another one, I'm just sticking her on the train as we speak, no dont thank me :p
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shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1 :(

I do agree with you. Rabbits are sociable animals. I was told that my brothers rabbit died of fear but it may have also been other reasons as he was against letting it in the house and it was on its own most of the time.
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richp
shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1 :(


shops what you need is another one, I'm just sticking her on the train as we speak, no dont thank me :p




Nooooooooo..........oO...............couldnt stand it !!!!..........guess what the big eared git has done now !!........only gone and chewed through the brakes and gears on daughters bike :(.....hubby had bike upside down whilst fixing a puncture , went in to get a cloth and CHOMP !!!....Rooney strikes again !!!!...........so wish the cats and foxes werent wusses around here , lol

Edited By: shopstilldrops on May 14, 2011 16:28: typo
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WoolyM
shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1 :(


I do agree with you. Rabbits are sociable animals. I was told that my brothers rabbit died of fear but it may have also been other reasons as he was against letting it in the house and it was on its own most of the time.




Yeh, ours runs upto the french windows as soon as he hears the kids home from school ..........they bring him in play for a bit then forget about him and he then chews several wires !!...its great , lol........the best is taking him over to the field opposite and have 12 kids taking turns on walking him , haha..........wears him out X)
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shopstilldrops
richp
shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1


shops what you need is another one, I'm just sticking her on the train as we speak, no dont thank me :p




Nooooooooo..........oO...............couldnt stand it !!!!..........guess what the big eared git has done now !!........only gone and chewed threw the brakes and gears on daughters bike :(.....hubby had bike upside down whilst fixing a puncture , went in to get a cloth and CHOMP !!!....Rooney strikes again !!!!...........so wish the cats and foxes werent wusses around here , lol


X) I shouldn't laugh really, well ok a small snigger ! when Honey is on the mouch, I look at her & think ah bless her she's sniffing the tv power cable, go on bite it (_;) they are bloody quick when they find something to chew, one nip & its bitten through it !!!

Edited By: richp on May 14, 2011 16:30
#18
mine pretty much spends 24 hours a day in the garden... poops in her hutch ( most times ) has free reign of the garden until the point where my daughter wants to play outside then she has to be put away as she's scared that bella will bite her toes ..
#19
I used to have another friend with a rabbit. They had it as a house rabbit. They had a couple of spare telephone extension cables as the rabbit was known to chomp them regularly.
I am sure it was probably not recommended but they called it cookie as it was always sharing biscuits with them.

Edited By: WoolyM on May 14, 2011 16:34
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richp
shopstilldrops
richp
shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1


shops what you need is another one, I'm just sticking her on the train as we speak, no dont thank me :p




Nooooooooo..........oO...............couldnt stand it !!!!..........guess what the big eared git has done now !!........only gone and chewed threw the brakes and gears on daughters bike :(.....hubby had bike upside down whilst fixing a puncture , went in to get a cloth and CHOMP !!!....Rooney strikes again !!!!...........so wish the cats and foxes werent wusses around here , lol


X) I shouldn't laugh really, well ok a small snigger ! when Honey is on the mouch, I look at her & think ah bless her she's sniffing the tv power cable, go on bite it (_;) they are bloody quick when they find something to chew, one nip & its bitten through it !!!



Nothing ......and i mean nothing is safe in this house , son took his crocs off for 5 mins earlier and yep CHOMP , ,,,hubby put washing out before ( yeh you know about my feelings on this rich :p) he drops a pair of my thongs and CHOMP there knackered , .........dont know whether to laugh or cry half the time X)
#21
WoolyM
I used to have another friend with a rabbit. They had it as a house rabbit. They had a couple of spare telephone extension cables as the rabbit was known to chomp them regularly.
I am sure it was probably not recommended but they called it cookie as it was always sharing biscuits with them.



Lol, Rooney ( kids picked the name !! ) mastered opening the tin of celebrations and would rob several chocs at a time , that was after humping the tin first oO..........had his balls cut off since so no more humping now , lol
#22
shopstilldrops
richp
shopstilldrops
richp
shopstilldrops
We have a lop eared rabbit who has the run of the garden ( and two storey wendy house ) during the day and then is brought in evening time , we live close to farms and have lots of local cats passing by on the fence but never been an issue tbh...........one thing i dont agree with is getting a rabbit and leaving it in a hutch 24/7,,,,thats what a neighbour of ours did and it sadly died at the age of 1


shops what you need is another one, I'm just sticking her on the train as we speak, no dont thank me




Nooooooooo.........................couldnt stand it !!!!..........guess what the big eared git has done now !!........only gone and chewed threw the brakes and gears on daughters bike .....hubby had bike upside down whilst fixing a puncture , went in to get a cloth and CHOMP !!!....Rooney strikes again !!!!...........so wish the cats and foxes werent wusses around here , lol


X) I shouldn't laugh really, well ok a small snigger ! when Honey is on the mouch, I look at her & think ah bless her she's sniffing the tv power cable, go on bite it (_;) they are bloody quick when they find something to chew, one nip & its bitten through it !!!



Nothing ......and i mean nothing is safe in this house , son took his crocs off for 5 mins earlier and yep CHOMP , ,,,hubby put washing out before ( yeh you know about my feelings on this rich :p) he drops a pair of my thongs and CHOMP there knackered , .........dont know whether to laugh or cry half the time X)


lol, a thong chomping rabbit X)

& men can hang washing out !
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shopstilldrops
WoolyM
I used to have another friend with a rabbit. They had it as a house rabbit. They had a couple of spare telephone extension cables as the rabbit was known to chomp them regularly.
I am sure it was probably not recommended but they called it cookie as it was always sharing biscuits with them.



Lol, Rooney ( kids picked the name !! ) mastered opening the tin of celebrations and would rob several chocs at a time , that was after humping the tin first oO..........had his balls cut off since so no more humping now , lol


oO thats just plain mean, us blokes dont get much pleasure in life ! but humping a tin of celebrations must be at the top of the list somewhere, isnt it ?
#24
richp
shopstilldrops
WoolyM
I used to have another friend with a rabbit. They had it as a house rabbit. They had a couple of spare telephone extension cables as the rabbit was known to chomp them regularly.
I am sure it was probably not recommended but they called it cookie as it was always sharing biscuits with them.



Lol, Rooney ( kids picked the name !! ) mastered opening the tin of celebrations and would rob several chocs at a time , that was after humping the tin first oO..........had his balls cut off since so no more humping now , lol


oO thats just plain mean, us blokes dont get much pleasure in life ! but humping a tin of celebrations must be at the top of the list somewhere, isnt it ?



lol, the celebrations i could cope with ....but poor daughter couldnt sit down and he would be climbing up and trying to hump her head oO
#25
After reading through this thread i think i have a naughty bunny .........' Wire /shoe/decking chewing, sexpest, chocaholic bunny ' ..oO
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shopstilldrops
After reading through this thread i think i have a naughty bunny .........' Wire /shoe/decking chewing, sexpest, chocaholic bunny ' ..oO

I blame the parents!!! :D
#27
WoolyM
shopstilldrops
After reading through this thread i think i have a naughty bunny .........' Wire /shoe/decking chewing, sexpest, chocaholic bunny ' ..oO


I blame the parents!!! :D



I blame 'the MALE HORMONES !!!!!!! '........X)..........pffft typical !!
#28
Thanks everyone, and I thought a rabbit would be relatively uncomplicated!X)
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Ashley675
Thanks everyone, and I thought a rabbit would be relatively uncomplicated!X)


compared to a women they are :p
#31
if you do wana keep something out side of house then why don't buy an elephant?

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