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What rabbit and hutch to buy????

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So my daughter is gradually wearing me down asking me for a rabbit. She is only three so this will be her first pet, plus i realise i will have to most of the cleaning and looking after the rabbit:-).… Read More
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
So my daughter is gradually wearing me down asking me for a rabbit. She is only three so this will be her first pet, plus i realise i will have to most of the cleaning and looking after the rabbit:-). What sort of hutch should i go for? is a run worth the money? also most important what breed of rabbit should i look for and where from? any advice and opinions are welcome.
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1 Like #1
the little dwarf rabbits make good pets for kids

and a run is definatly worth the money if you dont want rabbit hopping round your house pooping on the floor and chewing thru wires :)

(altho a cheaper version would be to make your own with some wire fencing and canes :) )
1 Like #2
I have got a really friendly rabbit.
There are some web pages that tell you about keeping a rabbit.
Just remember, would you like to be stuck in a cage 3 times your size for your life? Course not.
So make sure you get it a run..and if possible, secure the garden for it to run around in.
My rabbits run adjoins her hutch, so she can get exercise when she likes. She is let out in the garden for the day also though..bless her
1 Like #3
think very carefully,the question really is''do you want a rabbit?''
i bought rabbits for my 3,and they lost interest after 2 weeks.
rabbits need a lot of cleaning
good luck !
1 Like #4
Hi, boy rabbits are friendlier then girl rabbits, we have 1 boy and 4 girl rabbits! We have lop eared, and dutch, and i think the lop ear is better, as its friendlier. Buy a hutch that is quite large so as the rabbit grows there is plenty of room for it to move around, a run is worth the money and will keep the rabbit healthy with the exercise. My daughter cleans the rabbits out once a week. Hope this helps :)
1 Like #5
Our rabbit hutch is 4ft,we paid about £30 for it but because it was slightly damaged stock,1 of the small legs on it was broken but we planned to take them off anyway.

As for a run I wouldn't bother,and instead just secure your garden and let it out as much as you can.Mine out daily unless really bad rain.He usually comes out by 10am,and out till about 9.30pm now if I'm going be in most of day( I usually just pop up for kids at school)

I wouldn't get anything too big as for your little girl,and ask what size it is likely to grow to,ours was quite small and then grew pretty big.

My partner's Mum bought ours for about £25 in some Pet Place but if you buy through an ad in paper or on a farm you pay much less,I know someone picked one up for about £7 when they saw the board on the rd outside a farm. Guess check the condition they kept in,if clean and well maintained,and the rabbit looks well,clean eyes and ears,the droppings should be small and round and quite firm,not clogged together.
#6
underthestairs
think very carefully,the question really is''do you want a rabbit?''
i bought rabbits for my 3,and they lost interest after 2 weeks.
rabbits need a lot of cleaning
good luck !


very true, i know i will end up looking after it but i love animals so wouldn't mind too much:). Took her to an animal petting zoo today and it is either a rabbit or a goat so a rabbit will be easier:)
#7
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Our rabbit hutch is 4ft,we paid about £30 for it but because it was slightly damaged stock,1 of the small legs on it was broken but we planned to take them off anyway.

As for a run I wouldn't bother,and instead just secure your garden and let it out as much as you can.Mine out daily unless really bad rain.He usually comes out by 10am,and out till about 9.30pm now if I'm going be in most of day( I usually just pop up for kids at school)

I wouldn't get anything too big as for your little girl,and ask what size it is likely to grow to,ours was quite small and then grew pretty big.

My partner's Mum bought ours for about £25 in some Pet Place but if you buy through an ad in paper or on a farm you pay much less,I know someone picked one up for about £7 when they saw the board on the rd outside a farm. Guess check the condition they kept in,if clean and well maintained,and the rabbit looks well,clean eyes and ears,the droppings should be small and round and quite firm,not clogged together.


I could secure the garden so the rabbit doesn't get out but cats could still get in as they do at the moment.
#8
underthestairs
think very carefully,the question really is''do you want a rabbit?''
i bought rabbits for my 3,and they lost interest after 2 weeks.
rabbits need a lot of cleaning
good luck !


underthestairs has a good point, if its for your 3 year old she might get bored after a while. Have you considered Hamsters? They are easier to look after, and cute, we have a hamster as well as rabbits, but my children are older, and can take care of them all
#9
thanks for all your comments by the way this is all very helpful:thumbsup:
#10
nadss
underthestairs has a good point, if its for your 3 year old she might get bored after a while. Have you considered Hamsters? They are easier to look after, and cute, we have a hamster as well as rabbits, but my children are older, and can take care of them all


to be honest i would prefer a hamster but my wife is not too keen on having one in the house hence were looking down the rabbit route.
#11
My partner lines the hutch with cardboard,some people prefer to use sawdust too but we just use straw and buy hay from time to time. He cleans the rabbit hutch out about every 4 days,sometimes more often depends,they do poo a lot. Our rabbit as a corner of garden which he poos in so it's quite easy to clean up outside. They get particular where they do their waste.

When it is hot and back door is open he usually hops in and jumps up onto sofa and we can stroke him down,he's fairly friendly.
#12
badgerrules
I could secure the garden so the rabbit doesn't get out but cats could still get in as they do at the moment.


You need to keep an eye on the rabbit but once he grows up a bit and know the garden is theirs,they get territorial,and I don't find it a probem as he usually sees them off if they come into garden,he chases them and over fence they go.
1 Like #13
i have a dutch rabbit i would find a breeder mine cost £12 (pets at home tend to have older rabbits) she is really friendly my 2year old plays with my rabbit and my rabbit doesnt mind, and my rabbit and dalmatian get along great, not at all a timid rabbit, i have an indoor and outdoor hutch and run, my outdoor hutch is a mess now as something tried to get into it while the rabbit was in there, luckly my rabbit escaped and ran to a lady who was outside, so she brought her back to us, and runs are great to get the rabbits nails down if you put it on a path and let the rabbit run around
#14
If you buy a rabbit run and stick it on grass,the rabbit will only want to dig out.
If you let the rabbit out plenty,he won't think of trying escape and the garden will be good enough.
I've got steps at side of my house going down to a gate,I keep an eye that it's shut,kids come in for balls etc,I also got the steps blocked up with some old bits of wood and a wooden headboard thing,however I guess he could still jump it but doesn't seem to be interested but am careful about gate.

He usually comes when called and he takes shade when it's hot.
1 Like #15
If you do have a run, please, please dont forget to put the rabbit away at night. I did, and Mr.Fox helped himself to little Cyril for his supper :( Still feel terribly guilty about that one.
1 Like #16
We have a dwarf lop eared rabbit and she is gorgeous!

Bought her as a boy but later found out shes a girl LOL! Boys are supposed to be friendlier so definitely try for a boy. Girls apparently have more of a tendancy to scratch, but and stamp their feet. Ours has been spayed and hasn't done any of these though.

She is lovely but the novelty quickly wore off for the kids.

I would recommend buying an upstairs/downstairs hutch (2 storey) for the space.

Ours usually has free-run of our garden but just 2 days ago a cut appeared on her back and a bit of fur has gone so something must have tried to have her. This happened at about 2pm, so middle of the day, probably a cat?

Also, you have to be prepared to shelter the rabbit during the very hot and very cold months - ours sleeps in the downstairs bathroom in the winter but other people put the hutch in the shed or garage in extreme weather.

Rabbits do poo a lot but it is true that they do tend to pick a spot and stick to it, and you can train them to use a litter tray.

They need one injection every 6 months and another one every year, so that could add up in cost, and keep their teeth checked.

Hope this all helps, this is some basic information that I would have found useful before buying. :thumbsup:
#17
bitseylango
If you do have a run, please, please dont forget to put the rabbit away at night. I did, and Mr.Fox helped himself to little Cyril for his supper :( Still feel terribly guilty about that one.


Oh that is so sad.
Yeh we say that when its about 9pm,better get Hazel in cos Mr Fox be coming out.
1 Like #18
This is mine, he's dutch and he is the friendliest rabbit you'll ever meet!
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/030.jpg
#19
We didn't bother to litter train ours so ours is outdoors most of time,but yeh I heard they quite easy to train.
#20
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Oh that is so sad.
Yeh we say that when its about 9pm,better get Hazel in cos Mr Fox be coming out.


i remember waking early the next morning and thinking " OMG I forgot to put Cyril to bed!" It wasnt a pretty sight but managed to clear it all up before the boys woke. I had to tell them what had happened and we went out the next day and bought Chesney, we never made the same mistake again.
#21
frollickingfrill
This is mine, he's dutch and he is the friendliest rabbit you'll ever meet!
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/030.jpg


I like him a lot,I like the way he laid in the pet bed.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/pooheeyore/HazelMay2008002.jpg

thats Hazel.
#22
Mum2Connor&Cerys
I like him a lot,I like the way he laid in the pet bed.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/pooheeyore/HazelMay2008002.jpg

thats Hazel.


He'll just run into the room and plonk himself out like that in the middle of the room. He's hilarious
#23
bitseylango
i remember waking early the next morning and thinking " OMG I forgot to put Cyril to bed!" It wasnt a pretty sight but managed to clear it all up before the boys woke. I had to tell them what had happened and we went out the next day and bought Chesney, we never made the same mistake again.


Yeh my Mum was speaking to someone a bit back about our rabbit ( she got quite fond of him too he comes hangs around her feet when she goes for a smoke in garden lol ).
anythis person had a rabbit and they leave him out at night,and 1 night they checked on him,he was on patio looked up,they went to toilet I suppose,went bk to bed and next morning,they found the rabbit with no head. Was digging a hole to bury his body and then found the head.
God I would fainted liekly,I was so sadwhen my Mum told me about it,just like I am about you saying about yours.
Yeh def Fox I reckon.
#24
Ooh, one more rather important thing.

It is best to buy rabbits in pairs (also didn't know this until after I bought ours!) The best partnership is a boy and a girl that have both been neutered.

I do worry that ours gets lonely so she has lots of toys, so be prepared to buy lots of toys and treats if you can only keep one and be prepared to give it lots of attention.
#25
frollickingfrill
He'll just run into the room and plonk himself out like that in the middle of the room. He's hilarious


yeh thats cool,mine out at moment in garden,thats him till gone 9 tonight by looks of things.I'd open my back door but I better get on and clean the bird cage out,I don't want an escaping budgie.I've been waiting for him to wake up,he been sleeping a lot lately and rarely comes out cage now despite his door being open nearly all time.
#26
Mrs.Z
Ooh, one more rather important thing.

It is best to buy rabbits in pairs (also didn't know this until after I bought ours!) The best partnership is a boy and a girl that have both been neutered.

I do worry that ours gets lonely so she has lots of toys, so be prepared to buy lots of toys and treats if you can only keep one and be prepared to give it lots of attention.


What toys have you got? ( hey no1 take it wrong way all this talk of toys and rabbits.. )

He keeps a small plush in his hutch,don't have a problem with him chewing it and shredding the stuffing. We have had 1 them balls you fill with food and they gotta move it about to get food out,didn't think it was too nifty.
#27
mine goes out all day then will come in bout 8 and then he'll sleep in his cage and will get let back out at 9 in the morning

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/034-1.jpg
#28
frollickingfrill
mine goes out all day then will come in bout 8 and then he'll sleep in his cage and will get let back out at 9 in the morning

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/thebororno1/034-1.jpg


My partner won't allow ours to live in ,only in extreme weather and Winter he would consider having him in for any long length of time. He got asthma and excema,and says straw and stuff brings it on.
#29
Well when we had our neutered the vet said that he had to stay warm so we bought a cage the same night on fleabay and he's just stayed their from then on and that was about 4 months ago....... Sorry for hijacking the thread badgerrules :}
#30
Mum2Connor&Cerys
What toys have you got?


She's got a long tunnel from Pets at Home that folds up concertina-style, though you can probably get a plastic tube if you know where.

Then shes got a rattly carrot shape thingy that she chewed the string off, a plastic cocoon thing that she can go sit inside.

Then she likes these wooden nest-shape things made out of skinny wooden sticks that she loves to chew on and anything else she can chew - apparently it's chewing thins that alleviates boredom

Hope this helps


OH YES, And rabbits LOVE chewing LOL!
1 Like #31
If you're thinking about alternatives, I'd definitely get a guinea pig before rabbit. Smaller, easier to handle and always look as though they're smiling. My kids had both (lots of) as they grew up and the guinea pigs were always the bigger hit.
#32
frollickingfrill
Well when we had our neutered the vet said that he had to stay warm so we bought a cage the same night on fleabay and he's just stayed their from then on and that was about 4 months ago....... Sorry for hijacking the thread badgerrules :}


No worries it is all interesting:-D
#33
Susannah
If you're thinking about alternatives, I'd definitely get a guinea pig before rabbit. Smaller, easier to handle and always look as though they're smiling. My kids had both (lots of) as they grew up and the guinea pigs were always the bigger hit.


What about guinea pigs living with rabbits? i have heard they like living with one another, is this true?
#34
I actually wanted a guinea pig but oh and kids wanted a bunny.

The lady in the pet shop where we bought Kipper said the guinea pigs are more inclined to scratch and bite ?
#35
Mrs.Z
She's got a long tunnel from Pets at Home that folds up concertina-style, though you can probably get a plastic tube if you know where.

Then shes got a rattly carrot shape thingy that she chewed the string off, a plastic cocoon thing that she can go sit inside.

Then she likes these wooden nest-shape things made out of skinny wooden sticks that she loves to chew on and anything else she can chew - apparently it's chewing thins that alleviates boredom

Hope this helps


OH YES, And rabbits LOVE chewing LOL!


Yeh he's chewed the odd wire before indoors.
I'll have a look about when I next go to a larger pet place,local pet shop not much in.
We got a kids garden toy in garden with mini tunnels,sometimes he hops through those,don't know he playing or what,spends a lot time under there when hot.
#36
Our rabbit is very friendly and litter trained, she likes nothing better than lying on the sofa eating a piece of biscuit or anything else the kids have dropped, watching some TV. All our kids can handle her and she definitely considers herself to be head of the household! Chasing the cats and dog if they are in her way. :)
We have always kept rabbits and she is by far the tamest, she is a dwarf lop, and they are recommended for little kids. I have to say our friends kepp guinea pigs and I have never thought them to be particularly friendly pets.
#37
badgerrules
What about guinea pigs living with rabbits? i have heard they like living with one another, is this true?


i read somewhere that keeping a guinea pig with a rabbit could be fatal for the guinea as the rabbits hind legs may hurt it. i'll find a link if i can
#38
sharpgx15
i read somewhere that keeping a guinea pig with a rabbit could be fatal for the guinea as the rabbits hind legs may hurt it. i'll find a link if i can


thanks for that because they always put them together in large pet shops and it doesn't seem right as they have such different temprements
banned#39
I had two rabbits once and they chuffin ate every plant in the garden, they were beatiful rabbits but they had to go, to a very nice new home
#40
Why don't you phone animal rescue places up. They will have rabbits and you will know that they are friendly as they handle them a lot. Will be a lot cheaper and you are giving unwanted rabbits a home. Depends where you livve but there are dedicated rabbit rescue centres all over they may also help you out with a cheap hutch

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