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are groundhogs a threat to rabbits?

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Rosy

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hello,
my rabbit is currently living outside in a nice hutch and huge run. i have noticed that we have a pesky groundhog on our property. is the groundhog a threat to my rabbit? will the groundhog harm my rabbit? please let me know. thanks!
 

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The groundhog will not hurt your rabbit unless it figures out how to get into your rabbit's hutch or run. So make sure everything is very preditor-proofed.
 

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what is the best way to ensure that everything is predator proofed?
 

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Make sure nothing can dig in. You can do that by having a concrete paver floor or laying 1 ft of chicken wire around the outside perimeter of the run.

Can you send a picture of the hutch and run?
 

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Nothing can dig in. there is a solid wood floor at the bottom of the whole thing. what im afraid of is a groundhog climbing into the enclosure. there is the wire around the cage with smaller openings on the bottom and slightly larger ones higher up. (sorry thats a bad description but couldnt figure out how to say it). my bun is quite large and could never fit through any of those holes. im afraid that a groundhog can climb to the higher holes and squeeze through those since those are larger and the groundhog is not that large. i guess my best option would be to cover up those larger holes? or maybe replace the wire mesh sorta thing with smaller openings. . i can try to send a pic of the enclosure later. thanks for your help!
 

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I don't think a groundhog would climb into the run unless it really wants something in there, but that is very unlikely. I wouldn't worry too much, your rabbit should be fine.
 

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Also, have chicken wire or another covering on top of the run to protect from raptors, crows, or other avian predators.
 
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