2019 Cages - add your photo!

Discussion in 'Housing and Environment' started by Blue eyes, Jan 5, 2019.

Help Support Rabbits Online by donating:

  1. Jun 12, 2019 #41

    Hermelin

    Hermelin

    Hermelin

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2017
    Messages:
    860
    Likes Received:
    435
    Location:
    Sweden
    I would like to make it safer but I live at home, so feel bad of changing. When I’m planning after being done with my studies and move to an apartment. I have foxes in my area and also hawks, eagles and my neighbors dogs. But, also a cat that will patrol the yard and spend a few hours with the bunnies.

    Most people that own dogs in my area, let their dog run lose without leash because I live next to a forest (2 min walk from my house).

    But my dad it’s always home and their cage it’s near our bedrooms. So we can hear them if they get scared. We also installed a lamp that will get turned on if something of the size of a cat move onto the yard during the night.

    Myself have seen rats and mouses but never near the rabbits cage. So there are a lot of things to think about.

    The net on cage will only keep birds away because they can see it from a distance. Creating a safe space for them, but if it was a permanent cage, I would build a real run instead.

    One of my bunnies can’t be indoors, she became really stressed and aggressive. She literally messed the whole house during nights. She only became calm outdoors.

    The other bunny was really scared of humans, being outdoors helped him to slowly get used with humans and learn to trust people. He will soon become an indoor bunny.

    I always fill their hole up when it become too deep or dig the wrong way. They can never disappear under the ground.

    I remember couple of years ago with my first bunny, my dad ran out with a broomstick in the middle of the night with only his underwear to chase away a fox from the yard. Because my bunny started to thumping in the cage, waking everyone up. That was the last time the fox came to the house, that bunny only lived to 8 years (passed away because of GI stasis).

    Myself also have to vaccinate all my bunnies and watch everyday after ticks. At least I don’t have to worry about snakes because they’re only exist one venomous snake and there only exist 3 species of snakes.

    So it’s not completely safe having my bunny outdoors, I can only make it as safe as I can. Most people often use dog run to build the pen for the bunnies. My neighbor have done that with mesh on top, it become a lot safer. They will often have soiled ground or mesh on bottom of the run.
     
  2. Jun 12, 2019 #42

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    I did not use wire fencing. I was lucky enough to have a relative give me dog kennel panels, so I had hutches inside a double size dog kennel. There were no problems with ticks until my neighbor let part of his yard that was close to my hutch grow wild. That attracted the birds and ticks. I did not have a top. For cover I used plastic lawn furniture for them to hide under, and I put up a screen tarp for shade. To chase away mice, I would sprinkle mint oil. I believe that if you can keep your rabbits safe outside and they are happy, you are doing the right thing. Even the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary keeps their feral rabbits outside.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2019 #43

    Playdoh52

    Playdoh52

    Playdoh52

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2018
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Virginia, Illinois
     
  4. Jul 6, 2019 #44

    Playdoh52

    Playdoh52

    Playdoh52

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2018
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Virginia, Illinois
    Blue eyes I totally feel you. I'm thinking of taking my father's old abonded dog pen run with chain link to make my bunnies another outdoor area I could switch them between. Maybe a tarp top could keep air born preditors away?? I do have coyeetes and red foxes that migrate into our rual town during winter, but I hate to saw I have them in there small hutches off the ground or inside during winter.
     
    Niomi likes this.
  5. Jul 6, 2019 #45

    Blue eyes

    Blue eyes

    Blue eyes

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,899
    Likes Received:
    2,070
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    The recent posts have some good info regarding outdoor housing. Perhaps the moderators could move this discussion (from May 20) to a separate thread ("Outdoor housing ideas"). It seems worthy of its own thread.

    In the spirit of keeping plenty of visual ideas, here are a few ways to incorporate a standard (small) outdoor hutch into a larger - and still secure - outdoor space.

    upload_2019-7-6_12-34-57.png

    upload_2019-7-6_12-35-43.png

    upload_2019-7-6_12-35-58.png

    upload_2019-7-6_12-38-15.png
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
    Tammy587, samoth, Leanne1990 and 4 others like this.
  6. Jul 7, 2019 #46

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    I had my rabbits outside during the winter. They had electric water bowls, and lots of hay in their hutches. I would let them out of their cages, and they would play in the snow. They would only stay out for about 20 min, and then go back in their hutches. They would be fine as long as they had plenty of hay to bed down in. When the snow was wet, I would not let them out because I was afraid they would get sick if they got too wet. I used tarps to try to create shade in the summer. The sun would heat up the tarps and hold the heat in, making them not a good choice for creating shade. I bought some mesh tarps for dog kennels, and they worked great! The down side is that they are more expensive.
     
  7. Jul 7, 2019 #47

    RWAF

    RWAF

    RWAF

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    365
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    , , United Kingdom
    There are a lot also on our RWAF Pinterest boards. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rwaf/outdoor-rabbit-housing/ along with advice about safe outdoor housing on our website https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-housing/outdoor-rabbit-housing/
     
    Niomi and Blue eyes like this.
  8. Jul 7, 2019 #48

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2019
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    USA
    20190630_145528.jpg
    Mine is a work in progress. I took this pic after I had removed the x-pens and collected all of the blankets from the floor to wash them. Normally I have 4 connected x-pens that surround these cages and provide 2 separate play areas. When they are fixed and bonded (fingers crossed) I will sell one of these cages, put the extension kit that I bought on the other, and allow them to free roam in my living room with one of these cages as their home base.
     
    Lenka, samoth, Niomi and 2 others like this.
  9. Jul 7, 2019 #49

    NotaCocoaPuff

    NotaCocoaPuff

    NotaCocoaPuff

    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2019
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    florida
    I don't have an enclosure but here is my buns little area. He likes the tile floor because its cool (we live in FL). He recently started using his new house and loves to dig at fleece scraps/blankets. Nothing fancy for him yet but we're working on it
     

    Attached Files:

    samoth, Theo, Niomi and 2 others like this.
  10. Jul 7, 2019 #50

    Whiterabbitrage

    Whiterabbitrage

    Whiterabbitrage

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Messages:
    573
    Likes Received:
    310
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    We didn’t need a den, so we turned it into a bun room
     

    Attached Files:

    samoth, JenGibs, Butterscotch and 2 others like this.
  11. Jul 8, 2019 #51

    Bribunny77

    Bribunny77

    Bribunny77

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Vermont
    I ended up turning an outdoor hutch into a home base area for my bunny. He has free roam of my room and smaller play areas scattered around. IMG_20190706_233111_6.jpg
     
  12. Jul 8, 2019 #52

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  13. Jul 8, 2019 #53

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2019
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    USA
    Where can I get a litter box hay rack combo like that?? I love it! My buns need one.
     
  14. Jul 8, 2019 #54

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Niomi

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    I have seen many of those hay rack combos on Etsy.com
     
    Butterscotch likes this.
  15. Jul 10, 2019 #55

    NotaCocoaPuff

    NotaCocoaPuff

    NotaCocoaPuff

    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2019
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    florida
    I have one that’s new that I don’t use. It just didn’t work out for my bunny. I could see how much it would be to ship it from Fl
     
    Butterscotch likes this.
  16. Jul 10, 2019 #56

    Lauren Kiernan

    Lauren Kiernan

    Lauren Kiernan

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2019
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Etsy!
     
    Butterscotch likes this.
  17. Jul 13, 2019 #57

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2019
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    USA
    I don't know how to PM you...do I "start a conversation" with you? I didn't want to respond on this thread, it's supposed to be photos only. I would love to give your hay rack a new home!
     
  18. Jul 14, 2019 #58

    Kellyann

    Kellyann

    Kellyann

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2019
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Canada
    Alfie has become more or less a house rabbit(out while we are home and not during his sleep period) The post of outdoor runs are great!
    Here is his c&c cage. It's in our dining room, the sunroom/front room is too hot this time of y ear.

    20190714_101547.jpg 20190319_221507.jpg
     
    samoth, Niomi and Butterscotch like this.
  19. Jul 14, 2019 #59

    daisyminnie

    daisyminnie

    daisyminnie

    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2019
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Owings Mills, MD
    brand new bunny parent here! (3 weeks)
    this is my pen, it’s about 4 ft x 9 ft and 36 inches high. i keep it in my bedroom so i can keep an eye on my girls! :)
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Jul 26, 2019 #60

    Leanne1990

    Leanne1990

    Leanne1990

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2019
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    HULL
    Weve just built this for the rescue bunny we collect today, once the grass seed grows a big run is going on the front too ☺️ we did it all in less than 2 weeks including building the shed, I'm so glad my partner is a joiner IMG_20190726_090930.jpg IMG_20190726_091046.jpg
     

Share This Page