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Housing Rabbits
There are many ways to house rabbits and many is a difference of opinion. Indoor cages, outdoor hutches, outdoor play areas and other options are all ways to keep your rabbit healthy and happy.

Those who raise rabbits often have rows of cages inside a protected barn or in outdoor hutches. It depends a great deal on your situation and the rabbit. If you have an apartment and a three pound rabbit your needs are much different than someone with a home, yard and looking at a few large breed rabbits.

Small breeds can fit in solid floors or a wire cage with a tray, or a larger cage with a raised sleeping area. An alternative is a three sided wooden hutch with a wire floor or part wire, part solid floor. This would have a wire front and a roof on it and is an option for larger breeds as well as large ones.

Wired cage with a bottleThe photo shows an area roughly two feet deep, eight feet long with two rows of cages stacked. The good thing about this is it keeps rabbits in a confined area. Each rabbit has her or his own area with water and feed that allows individual treatment. Those animals that are growing, for example or one who needs to gain or loose weight can be adjusted accordingly. The needs improved - lower row is difficult to get to and although there is a solid barrier between the cages it's difficult to clean. However, this is a temporary situation that was meant to be only for a week or two while hutches and shelters are built.

Small bunny in a cage

A three sided shelter on legs where these cages can be secured inside the shelter is planned, with more space between the two rows to allow for more angle on the divider, which allows manure and waste to go into a house hold type gutter than drain into a bucket for the compost pile.

One disadvantage to all wire cages is that although it makes for ease of cleaning from a manure standpoint it also allows hay and other forage to fall through. This can make feeding a challenge.

All wire cages can for some animals result in "sore hocks" which starts as hair missing on the long part of the rear leg then can progress to actual open sores. The easy remedy to this is a board - something solid that the rabbit can sit on and ideally easy to wash off when the rabbit poops or urinates on it! Photo shows a piece of skirting from a mobile home - lightweight and easy to clean.

Rabbit transportation cage with hay For most people in a pet situation you won't have multiple rabbits to deal with but just one or two. A solid floor cage is good if you are dedicated to bedding and cleaning it regularly.

Rabbit care and housing does not need to be fancy or expensive but must be safe from predators, allow for food and water and protection from the weather. With those few things they are often very hardy pets that can live a long time with proper care.
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