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So I bought a bunny rabbit.......

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. For my littlun's birthday. He had originally suggested a goldfish, but decided it would be good to give him a bit of responsibility with an animal he will not only care for, but will give him som… Read More
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banned8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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For my littlun's birthday. He had originally suggested a goldfish, but decided it would be good to give him a bit of responsibility with an animal he will not only care for, but will give him something to watch thats a little bit more interesting than a goldfish! A suggestion he was very pleased and keen about.

Anyway..... I got it on Saturday from a mate and he also provided a stop gap hutch for it. I did look online for a few hutch plans, but those I found were not really suitable. I went out today and bought the ingredience to build!

For the flooring, on top of the plywood, I've added a further 3mm later of white coated hardboard. (Which will make cleaning out easier - and ensure the flooring isn't stained with poo and pee!)

Its near enough finished, but the thing I am unsure about is the use of legs.

The hutch itself is 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm (with a sloping roof down to 550mm) I was going to put some legs on it ('cos everywhere says they need to have legs.)

Anyone know why? Is it purely to ensure dampness doesn't rise into the base of the cage?

The reason I ask, is we have an unused table which could easily hold it, but just want to be 100% sure that would be fine - and it is just a dampness thing that's the reason for the legs.

Not sure why I thought it would be cheaper to build than buy one ready made! it definately wasn't, though at least I've also got the materials for a seperate garden run as well.

Also, any bunny wabbit tips appreciated!
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#1
the legs stop foxes getting em m8-even if a fox cant get into hutch they can frighten the bunny to death-legs are a must!
#2
honey... its to make it harder for them to be eaten by foxes etc, plus the cold rising up through the floor x x
#3
barky
the legs stop foxes getting em m8-even if a fox cant get into hutch they can frighten the bunny to death-legs are a must!


ClarityofMind
honey... its to make it harder for them to be eaten by foxes etc, plus the cold rising up through the floor x x


snap lol
#4
i used to have ours on a table, think its just to keep it off the ground? an expert will advise im sure :)
#5
Not really into runs,I let mine out most days,aslong as not heavy rain,usually comes out for about 10hrs a day at moment and roams the garden as pleases,so I recommend letting it roam free whenever you are in and can keep an eye on it.
banned#6
bring the bunny in at night! a house rabbit is far more fun plus its cold out there!!!

(im a bit of a softy, ignore me)
banned#7
barky
the legs stop foxes getting em m8-even if a fox cant get into hutch they can frighten the bunny to death-legs are a must!


The table will be 3 foot off the ground!

Not sure why short legs would make any difference! Just make it easier for Mr Fox to peer into the cage!

Certainly the build is very secure. It would take a lot of effort for a human to break into it... so foxes getting in, shouldnt be a problem. I do however see your point about the rabbit being scared. But foxes are avid climbers! Not sure why anything but stilt legs 6 foot tall would make much difference!
#8
Also, any bunny wabbit tips appreciated!



Gas mark 6.... 40minutes. :oops:
#9
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Not really into runs,I let mine out most days,aslong as not heavy rain,usually comes out for about 10hrs a day at moment and roams the garden as pleases,so I recommend letting it roam free whenever you are in and can keep an eye on it.

Same :)
#10
Please bear in mind rats.

Our last neighbours didnt put away rabbit food and straw etc. Before long there were rats nesting under their decking!!!!!

Yuck!
#11
DO NOT bring the bunny in at night if it lives outside during the day - it will very likely catch a cold and die. Bunnies can live inside or outside, but do not take well to both at the same time.

Our bunny roamed the garden during the day but was locked away in a run at night - the run was partially covered to give cover if it rained, and the hutch was at one end of the run.
banned#12
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Not really into runs,I let mine out most days,aslong as not heavy rain,usually comes out for about 10hrs a day at moment and roams the garden as pleases,so I recommend letting it roam free whenever you are in and can keep an eye on it.


It was comical when it was first let out. It would venture out but run straight back to the safety of its cage! The following day, it had obviously got used to its surroundings and us - 'cos catching him to get him back in the hutch was a nightmare! (Hence the reason for the run - which will be 1.5m square - with a shelter inside also.

H_K
bring the bunny in at night! a house rabbit is far more fun plus its cold out there!!!

(im a bit of a softy, ignore me)


I will ignore. Rabbits smell!!! :w00t:
banned#13
cuzzy
Gas mark 6.... 40minutes. :oops:


LOL..... Probably not the tip I was after! :p

mrspatch
Please bear in mind rats.

Our last neighbours didnt put away rabbit food and straw etc. Before long there were rats nesting under their decking!!!!!

Yuck!


Funny you should say that.... we had friends over yesterday and they said the same thing. What I would say on this, is our decking (which is where I was gonna site the table and hutch) is completely sealed at all ends. I guess I can remedy this by having some sort of catch tray underneath the front of the cage.
#14
I thought the legs were to keep damp out and keep it directly off a cold surface. Maybe whack some legs on it and plonk it on the table anyway, just to be on the safe side :-D

The best tip I've got is make sure you keep an eye on it's bum during warmer weather. Our rabbit had a runny bum, I cleaned him up and cleaned the cage out, nothing else throughout the day, checked him the next morning and had to clean him and the cage again but despite doing that, he still died from fly strike, which isn't very nice at all :cry:
banned#15
Charlie&Lola
I thought the legs were to keep damp out and keep it directly off a cold surface. Maybe whack some legs on it and plonk it on the table anyway, just to be on the safe side :-D


To be fair, the construction should be fine to guide against damp rising. However, as you say, adding some little stumpy legs shouldn't be too much of a problem!

The best tip I've got is make sure you keep an eye on it's bum during warmer weather. Our rabbit had a runny bum, I cleaned him up and cleaned the cage out, nothing else throughout the day, checked him the next morning and had to clean him and the cage again but despite doing that, he still died from fly strike, which isn't very nice at all :cry:


Noted... Lift bunnies fluffy tail and check its bum!:p
#16
A hutch on a table makes it so much easier to clean out than a low one........also easier for the kiddies to look in. Nothing worse than being on your knees in the rain trying to clean it out.
#17
Also, your kids will always remember Dad MADE the hutch and you gain Daddy points big time with them. May as well put the legs on and complete the task x
banned#18
starsparkle2311
It's good to put legs on, what you could also do is add a run underneath, if you have space for that:thumbsup:


Yeh, easy enough to do. Wont use legs though, just 2 or 3 strips of timber to raise it across the base. Wont have room underneath for a run (as its on decking), however I could easily create some sort of tunnel to get it out onto the grass into the run!

bitseylango
A hutch on a table makes it so much easier to clean out than a low one........also easier for the kiddies to look in. Nothing worse than being on your knees in the rain trying to clean it out.


Well having found out on Saturday I'm allergic to rabbits, its definately his job to care for it!

ClarityofMind
Also, your kids will always remember Dad MADE the hutch and you gain Daddy points big time with them. May as well put the legs on and complete the task x


I think I probably got more brownie points from the laptop I bought for him on Saturday when I just nipped into Tesco in Ashford to pick up some bunny supplies before leaving from home with the rabbit! (He doesn't know the laptop is for him yet!)
#19
Like Bitsey says - table is the thing.
We've always had our hutch on a table (old melamine kitchen table from way back).
Also we had it in the garage ( integral) in the winter, easy to get at and clean but you have to be careful that the furry one doesn't jump out and crash to the floor, as they are a bit prone to that - hence the reason why the hutch legs are usually not all the long, I've always thought!!
It's still there although the last rabbit died about 15 years ago.

Allergic to rabbits??
banned#20
One other thing I forgot to ask!!!!!!

Obviously its out in all weathers. The roof will be covered in felt, however, the back and sides are plywood. Is there some sort of treatment that can be painted on the inside and out to keep it pristine? (ie something that will repel water but be animal safe.)
banned#21
chesso
Like Bitsey says - table is the thing.
We've always had our hutch on a table (old melamine kitchen table from way back).
Also we had it in the garage ( integral) in the winter, easy to get at and clean but you have to be careful that the furry one doesn't jump out and crash to the floor, as they are a bit prone to that - hence the reason why the hutch legs are usually not all the long, I've always thought!!
It's still there although the last rabbit died about 15 years ago.


LOL... I did think about the height it could fall! He's already kicked his legs out causing him to be dropped - though not from a big height.... Waist height for a 9 year old!

He'll be in the shed for winter. (Double glazed shed I'll have you know!) :w00t:

Allergic to rabbits??


Yes, Very. Get the same thing with cats and horses. Partially also with dogs, but nowhere near as bad. I had 2 very bloodshot eys and red blotchy arms on Saturday from handleing it. It won't happen again! :p
#22
Double glazed shed - how posh are you??:p
You can get stuff to rub over pets to make them less allergenic, because although you won't be doing the handling the fur and dander will get about.. Also you can get non-toxic wood preservative, for the hardboard.

This thread needs pics I think - hutch, rabbit , red blotches, shed ( double-glazed).
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Some of the fence preservatives are ok to use on hutches I seem to remember, and I would guess that any paint suitable for nursery furniture would be ok too.

i agree with chesso we really need pictures!
#24
kidcat
Some of the fence preservatives are ok to use on hutches I seem to remember, and I would guess that any paint suitable for nursery furniture would be ok too.

i agree with chesso we really need pictures!


Good thinking:thumbsup:
banned#25
chesso
Double glazed shed - how posh are you??:p


You've seen pictures of it (behind the satellite dish! The front window is about 5' x 3'6" and has windows all the way round. I made the shed myself (its 12' x 8') - and the glass was cheaper (ie free) than buying some from a DIY shop!

Not posh, just practical.

You can get stuff to rub over pets to make them less allergenic, because although you won't be doing the handling the fur and dander will get about.. Also you can get non-toxic wood preservative, for the hardboard.


OK, I'll check out whats available.

This thread needs pics I think - hutch, rabbit , red blotches, shed ( double-glazed).


You've already seen the shed! Tom has just drawn the rabbit (sorry - I mean "bugsy" - not very original - I wanted him to name him "Frank") I'll post some pics of the bunny and hutch, once its finished. (His current accomodation is very low class atm - you'd be getting the wrong impression if I were to post that!)

Blotches have gone - though my eyes are still a bit saw - even though Ive been nowhere near it today.... But hang on - I remember now... this morning I had to help them get him back in the hutch and picked it up!... Hmmm that took a long time to show up then!)

kidcat
Some of the fence preservatives are ok to use on hutches I seem to remember, and I would guess that any paint suitable for nursery furniture would be ok too.

i agree with chesso we really need pictures!


I'll post when I get a mo (and its not dark outside!) :p
#26
You are doing really good at getting it all done so quick, I started building a run for our two last summer and still not finished it!!:oops:

Not that our bunnies like grass, but I thought it might be good for them to visit the great outdoors in warmer weather. Saves on cables ( they eaten more cables than I ever dreamed possible)
banned#27
kidcat
You are doing really good at getting it all done so quick, I started building a run for our two last summer and still not finished it!!:oops:


Quick? I expected to have them both finished today. Mind you, most of the time was spent getting the timber, so didnt get started until 2pm! The hutch is nigh on complete though (Had to stop midway to recharge tools) and only really have the front doors to sort. That'll probably take some time as I'm using hinges and bolts to secure. (Plus the bedroom part I need more timber! - Nothing like working blind with no plans to work to!)

Not that our bunnies like grass, but I thought it might be good for them to visit the great outdoors in warmer weather. Saves on cables ( they eaten more cables than I ever dreamed possible)


This one seems to.... and the though of it chewing through my satellite cables makes it even more certain it'll have its run inside a pen! 1.5m x 1.5m big enough?
#28
I can't remember the shed, my eyes were fixed only on the satellite dish, oh and that rather cute other thing!!
If your eyes are still sore from a brief contact this morning, it's likely that rabbit allergens are around so get ourself some anti-allegen stuff pronto. I don't know if Petal Cleanse do a rabbit one but their dog products are good.
Bugsy's fine for a rabbit and I'm looking forwards to the next drawing - if it's as good as the birds, it'll be great.
Poor Bugsy's in a cardboard box just now, is he?
Pics by the w/e then.:thumbsup:
Internet is on crawl speed - very irritating.
I've only just realised that the post title thing works - oh no, it doesn't!
#29
Ours is ten foot long six foot wide and four foot high, but that will be for both rabbits. And if they hate it then it may well double up for the kids too!

And its not the satellite cables they going for its telephone wires, modem cables, mobile phone chargers, baby monitor wires etc, they are complete monsters. but when we tried them in the garden last year they were really unhappy and kept climbing onto the chairs to sit cos they hated the grass!
#30
kidcat
Ours is ten foot long six foot wide and four foot high, but that will be for both rabbits. And if they hate it then it may well double up for the kids too!

Could do as a holiday home for me!!;-) Well as long as I don't stand up.:roll:
banned#31
chesso
I can't remember the shed, my eyes were fixed only on the satellite dish, oh and that rather cute other thing!!


Ah the cute thing! That must have been me then! :p

I assume you meant the playfort?

If your eyes are still sore from a brief contact this morning, it's likely that rabbit allergens are around so get ourself some anti-allegen stuff pronto. I don't know if Petal Cleanse do a rabbit one but their dog products are good.


That, plus contact with the littlun who upon his return from Eagle Heights with his grandparents to watch the bird of prey displays, has been playing with it a fair bit.

Bugsy's fine for a rabbit and I'm looking forwards to the next drawing - if it's as good as the birds, it'll be great.


For a freehand drawing from memory, its quite good! He's defiantely a budding artist!

Poor Bugsy's in a cardboard box just now, is he?


No, he's in a hutch. Just a bit small and seen better days!

Pics by the w/e then.:thumbsup:


Aye, aye Captain. :thumbsup:

Internet is on crawl speed - very irritating.
I've only just realised that the post title thing works - oh no, it doesn't!


OK here... though dunno what you mean by post title!
#32
When you reply to a thread - like I'm doing now, there's a title box above the reply box. So a couple of posts ago, I typed in a title and it came up when I submitted - except now it's gone and it doesn't work.:?

It's possible that I imagined seeing the title.:thinking:
banned#33
chesso
When you reply to a thread - like I'm doing now, there's a title box above the reply box. So a couple of posts ago, I typed in a title and it came up when I submitted - except now it's gone and it doesn't work.:?

It's possible that I imagined seeing the title.:thinking:


Not sure what you mean. Certainly if you hit "reply to post" or "quote", there is a title bar there. Dont think it does anything though. I'll check now!


Edit. No, nothing happened. Just a disused title box I guess!
#34
guv
Not sure what you mean. Certainly if you hit "reply to post" or "quote", there is a title bar there. Dont think it does anything though. I'll check now!


Edit. No, nothing happened. Just a disused title box I guess!


That's the one - a bit strange that. Never mind.
Off to watch 'Ashes to Ashes'. Good luck with the rest of the hutch, although a craftsman like you shouldn't have much bother.:thumbsup:
banned#35
chesso
That's the one - a bit strange that. Never mind.
Off to watch 'Ashes to Ashes'. Good luck with the rest of the hutch, although a craftsman like you shouldn't have much bother.:thumbsup:


LOL... A craftsman I'm not! But the stuff I do make is always over engineered and strong!
banned#36
Nearly finished the bunny house Chesso! Should be done by tomorrow night and will post pics. (But not naked with a spoon in my mouth!)
#37
guv
Nearly finished the bunny house Chesso! Should be done by tomorrow night and will post pics. (But not naked with a spoon in my mouth!)


I don't think I mentioned a spoon, did I?
Gosh, I think I'm going to be disappointed in your craftsmanship if you've been using a spoon!!
I'm expecting an array of Wolf precision tools!!;-)

.... and the wabbit and the hutch and the double glazing. :-D
banned#38
chesso
I don't think I mentioned a spoon, did I?


True..... it was the naked part I remember!

Gosh, I think I'm going to be disappointed in your craftsmanship if you've been using a spoon!!
I'm expecting an array of Wolf precision tools!!;-)

.... and the wabbit and the hutch and the double glazing. :-D


No double glazing..... its not a greenhouse!

Near enough finished now. Just got to get the felt roof on, outside yacht varnished and wire trip cut to fit the larger door. Have to say Its very plush for a bunny!!! Bit big too for one rabbit. 4' x 2' x 2'

Have just taken some pics (even though not completed) and will upload them when I find the adapter. Have a feeling I took it to work and left it there!
#39
And pic of the bunny too!
banned#40
Mum2Connor&Cerys
And pic of the bunny too!


hehe...... Yeh, I took a couple. Have managed to connect the camera to the PC so can upload. Photo's not very good... it was dark... Will take some better bunny ones tomorrow.


Just uploading to imageshack at the mo....

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