Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Rabbits can be kept as pets or bred professionally. In either case, these soft and furry creatures deserve a nice place to live. But don't forget about their reputation as prolific breeders! In other words, if you don't want a thriving rabbit farm on your hands, you will have to neuter all males kept in mixed hutches.
Depending on the size of your space and plans, hutches can range from little cabin-like structurescomplete with a run, ramp, a couple of tiers and any other extras aimed at keeping your rabbits happy down to more basic, functional hutches or even several smaller hutchesto make the most of your space.Used to home rabbits and other small animals (chinchillas, guinea pigs, etc.), hutches come in a range of different layouts, dimensions and materials. These three points will determine how much maintenance your hutch needs, how much space it takes up, the well-being of your animals and the overall look of the structure.
No matter if you have a dwarf rabbit or a couple of larger rabbits (of the same sex or a neutered male and female) a rabbit hutch with a run is the best option for the well-being of your pets.
Like a little cabin for rabbits, these hutches are usually made from treated wood, or a mixture of different materials such as PVC or stainless steel.They are equipped with a mesh enclosure, a felt roof, a enclosed area on the top floor and a range of accessories such as a water bottle and a litter tray.
The roof should be set high enough to allow your rabbits to stand on their hind legs. These hutches are attractive and won't look out of place next to your garden shed.
Ideal for chinchillas and other small animals, these hutches are easy to maintain andare the best option for the comfort of your pets.
If you plan on breeding rabbits, the number of hutches you purchase will depend on just how many rabbits you plan on keeping. Generally speaking, you will need a hutch for:
If you are placing your hutch outdoors, please note the following:
If setting up the hutch indoors, note the following:
There are a few guidelines to follow when deciding on a rabbit hutch size:
Your hutch must be fitted with a few essential accessories:
To sum up, your choice of hutch will depend on the number of rabbits you keep and their size. No matter which type of hutch you go for, it must be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid bacteria growth and to keep your animals healthy.
Guide written by:
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