How to pick a rabbit hutch for your pet?
The average life expectancy of a domestic rabbit is between 8 to 12 years; however can live up to around 15 years. They spend a lot of this time in rabbit hutches outdoors so it is important that you choose the perfect rabbit hutch to suit their living needs.
A rabbit is a welcome addition to any family, as this loveable pet will bring many memorable moments to the lives of those who will enjoy looking after their new pet. As they spend a lot of their time in their rabbit hutch it is important that you choose the perfect rabbit hutch for your pet. We understand how important pets are to their owners, which is why we like to provide our web visitors with helpful advice regarding their rabbit.
What size do you need and do you need a run?
The best way to care for a pet is by purchasing a high quality rabbit hutch, which is large enough to accommodate your pet’s size and give them room to move around. Outdoor rabbit hutches are available in single sizes or with an under-run to give your rabbit more room. Take a look at our extra-large hutches with runs attached.
What is a rabbit hutch made from?
Rabbit hutches can be made of either plastic or wood. An outdoor rabbit hutch can be kept in your garden and should incorporate a mesh window or door to allow fresh air to circulate in the hutch.
Many rabbit owners will opt for buying a large rabbit hutch to provide their furry pet with ample space to stretch and move around in. Some of our large rabbit hutches have a compartment which your rabbit can sleep in, as well as a living area that they can explore at their leisure. Many large rabbit hutches incorporate a ramp to allow access to upper levels and this can help to ensure the remai rabbit remains fit, healthy and happy and not get bored, fat and unhappy.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
A growing proportion of rabbits are kept indoors, approximately 30% of the circa 1m household rabbits in the UK. Rabbits can be taught to respond to commands using positive rewards based training and can therefore be house-trained. If you like your rabbit to live indoors during the colder months, our indoor rabbit cages are excellent value for money and are extremely competitive with our industry rivals prices.
Don't forget that rabbits love to have the freedom to hop around outdoors and often their hutch doesn't allow this type of activity. Treat your rabbit to an outdoor rabbit run so that you can feel secure in the knowledge that your rabbit can hop around, stretch his back legs and sit up to look around. Rabbits need lots of exercise to keep them in peak health and they also love to be handled and cuddled. Just make sure that you handle your rabbit from an early age and hold it in a safe and secure manner (not by the ears!!)
Are rabbit hutches fox proof?
Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk but you want to ensure that they are totally safe at all times of the day. Foxes commonly eat at night because they are nocturnal – and you might ask yourself ‘Is my rabbit safe in an outdoor hutch’? Yes, foxes eat rabbits – but they also eat small animals such as mice and birds – as well as rubbish left out on the street in built up areas. In other words, the safety features the decent rabbit hutches offer will indeed be fox proof in normal circumstances.
What to clean rabbit hutch with and how often
This is a simple discipline; if your rabbit is in the hutch daily, then you need to clean it daily. Do it at the same time in a daily routine encompassing clean bowls and fresh water. Keep food containers clean and clean any uneaten fresh food or wet bedding. Do a ‘deep clean’ weekly, disinfecting the entire cage area and remove old bedding (shavings or hay) and replenish accordingly. Like cats, rabbits are clean creatures – perhaps cleaning themselves 4-6 times a day. So keep their hutch clean to keep them really happy.
What bedding to use in a rabbit hutch
For an outdoor hutch, straw or wood shavings are popular but hay is probably the best bedding for your rabbit. Hay provides a vital source of fibre to keep their digestive systems healthy. Eating lots of grass and hay helps to wear rabbits’ teeth down. What type of hay is the best for rabbit hutches? Alfalfa, Timothy grass, Orchard grass and Mix hay are all examples of well-known crops – and have great protein levels. Buy decent amounts and keep them in a dry storage space at room temperature ideally.
What to cover rabbit hutch with in winter
When it comes to winter, rabbits need to be kept warm and checking that he or she is comfortable is an absolute must. It’s common to use a plastic sheet or tarpaulin over the top of a rabbit hutch to keep it dry – then you can place a blanket or newspaper in between the cage and the sheet for extra insulation.
Rabbit Hutch Assembly
All rabbit hutches come with full assembly instructions. Define and measure your hutches new space and get all of the necessary tools to get going on your new hutch build.