Is a Pen necessary?

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    PenelopeBun

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    Penelope’s free range all of the time and has been for the year and a half I’ve had her, so is there any need for me to actually have a pen for her? It takes up a lot of space and I’m just wondering whether it is actually necessary or can I just have a set area where her litter box and food/water is? She never uses it, I’ve just always had it set up because I thought that’s what was needed when owning a house rabbit!
     

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    Robin~

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    If you’re rabbit is a free-range rabbit, no, there’s no need for a pen. All you may want is a home base cage (perhaps a dog crate), but other than that provided the room is bunny-proofed you should be fine :)
     
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    My two, 10lbs house bunnys have no pen, cage or whatever, their base with hay rack, water and litterbox is in the vestibule, I cut a hole in the door, put some fabric strips as curtain over it so they can go in and out as they like.
     
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    As long as she has her toilet area and a nice place for her to hide/sleep like a closed box or bed, than it is fine if she doesn't have a pen.
     
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    I have free roam buns too and I put them up at night in a pen for safety. Even with bunny proofing, my two can find that one unsafe thing every time! Lol....
     
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    I like for my free ranging rabbits to have a 'home-base' type cage for their stuff. In my experience, it seems that they like to have a space of their own. This space, they know, is one in which they can retreat whenever they don't want to be bothered.

    I would suspect, however, that a rabbit in a consistently calm home may not need such a base.

    In our case, if visitors are coming and going, we're entertaining, or the dogs are being rambunctious, etc., I notice the rabbits will tend to seek refuge in their cage.

    I've had some small, home-base type cages over the years. The one in the photo, even though the sides are clear, seemed to be the spot they preferred when not exploring.

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