Rabbit lovers, who decide to accommodate bunnies in outdoor rabbit
hutches, effectively avoid the need for rabbit-proofing the interior of their home. It also gives them far more
owners happen to be completely effective in producing, healthy and balanced rabbits out of doors. However, to
accomplish this requires thoughtful planning.
Rabbit Hutch - Weather
One of the issues is certainly the climatic effects upon an outdoor hutch. Hutches that are poorly made
will not last very long. At the very least you will need to repair, or even replace, the hutch after a short
period of exposure. In the worst case scenario, the hutch could come apart or even fall down and damage your
rabbits. Make certain that any outdoor rabbit hutch is definitely durable enough to be able to withstand windy
as well as rainy conditions.
Any outdoor hutch should have a weatherproof
roof to not only provide shade, but also withstand the elements. Pressure treated
wood seems to
be the material of choice for this purpose in addition to resisting rabbit
waste products. A note of caution here is to be certain that any treated wood must be non-toxic, since rabbits
chew on everything.
The next couple of points
to consider are air flow and cooling. When there is inadequate ventilation within the hutch, it's going to
rapidly develop into an unhealthy condition. If the local climate is sufficiently warm, the heat could reach
dangerous levels. Conversely, rabbits must be able to avoid excessive wind. Therefore, the best designed outdoor
rabbit hutch will have a combination of open mesh
construction, as well as a separate area that is completely protected from the
Rabbits are happier
and more likely to do well in climates where their environment can be kept generally in the 40 to 80 degree range
(Fahrenheit). With sufficient insulating material to burrow into, they will do quite well with colder temperatures.
It is the heat that can cause them a problem and that is something to be careful to help them avoid. See to it that
the hutch is shaded in hot weather (85 degrees +).
Since rabbits are prey animals in the wild, keeping them secure from predators is an
absolute necessity. In their natural environment they rely on being able to flee or hide from predators and if
they believe they are threatened, rabbits can actually die of fright. Therefore, it cannot be over stated that
their outdoor hutch must be constructed
to keep out resourceful predators such as raccoons, plus the interior of the hutch must provide a place for
your rabbits to hide and feel secure. Night time is when rabbits are most vulnerable, so be sure they are
inside the hutch with all entrances secured during that time.
Once these types of prerequisites are satisfied, you'll be ready
to consider your needs. A lot of hutches are constructed with wire mesh flooring to easily permit waste
materials to be able to drop through. That actually works well to keep the hutch clean. It's OK providing that
the bunnies have got solid flooring in at least a third of the space. If they have to spend most of their time
on wire flooring; it will aggravate their feet, and could result in an infection. Please note that hutches
having several entry points are going to be simpler and easier to clean, plus you can reach your rabbits