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Eve84

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What’s the weather like in the US? Just out of interest not to start a discussion or something.

It was a long time ago that we kept two rabbits for a short time indoor and I was just surprised how much dirt they produced.
If I didn’t clean their toilet within 24h like if I were an hour or two too late they did not use it as they found It too dirty and peed next to it.
They hay and stuff blocked constantly my hoover and they nibbled on anything like they damaged our carpet in no time, our Sofa and they jumped up 120cm high and ate my orchards.
We only had them temporary but I was happy to actually say good bye to them. Also when we locked them in at night (they still had a big place, about 3square meters) they went against the Metall with their teeth and made loud sounds.

About the outside enclosure you can’t use a shed or garden house they get too warm during the summers as the heat can go nowhere. We use wire on one side of our walk in enclosure and during the winter and also wind we use a similar thing to Plexiglass to get it closed.

I’m not against keeeping them indoors etc. I only wanted to talk about my experience to help and want to make people aware so the newly bought animals won’t end up in a rescue home.

Eve
 

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What’s the weather like in the US? Just out of interest not to start a discussion or something.

It was a long time ago that we kept two rabbits for a short time indoor and I was just surprised how much dirt they produced.
If I didn’t clean their toilet within 24h like if I were an hour or two too late they did not use it as they found It too dirty and peed next to it.
I'm in California, and where I live, the temperatures can bounce all over. Winters aren't the extreme cold (lowest has been 20F's) and the highest I've seen is about 115 F. Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes.

My rabbit is the same way about cleanliness. I can get to about 2 1/2 maybe 3 days of her litter box before she decides she doesn't want to use it anymore. I've learned what works for her and what doesn't so now I just keep an eye on her litter to see how often I need to change. Honestly, I rather know that she's pooping regularly rather than not at all and suddenly go into stasis. Never had any issues with dirt with her. Not sure how your home is/was, but my house is swept every day so there's very little dirt that comes into my home. The larger bits of hay are dumped by hand, and smaller bits get vacuumed. I've only had one minor clog and that's because I wasn't paying attention.

They hay and stuff blocked constantly my hoover and they nibbled on anything like they damaged our carpet in no time, our Sofa and they jumped up 120cm high and ate my orchards.
We only had them temporary but I was happy to actually say good bye to them. Also when we locked them in at night (they still had a big place, about 3square meters) they went against the Metall with their teeth and made loud sounds.
My rabbit has soooo many toys laying around. She's bound to find something to keep her occupied. She's got her hay cube (which is part of the messy stuff that gets vacuumed), balls, chew sticks, apple chews, dig box with shredded paper, and lord knows what elseetc. Funny thing is, I bought all this stuff thinking she was going to be a digger, a chewer, but she enjoys playing with the empty Amazon box in the corner by my bathroom.

I personally enjoy having my rabbit inside, but it's not a preference for everyone because we all have different circumstances. It can be more work if things get out of hand, but I don't mind my current situation. Hopefully you didn't find my response as if it was an attack on you because that wasn't the case. I was merely giving a second opinion because my rabbit has been great indoors with me. There are some who honestly prefer the outdoors rather than being inside and that's totally ok! For mine, I think she's gotten used to the fact of being spoiled and acts like she's royalty in my room lol.
 
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What’s the weather like in the US? Just out of interest not to start a discussion or something.

It was a long time ago that we kept two rabbits for a short time indoor and I was just surprised how much dirt they produced.
If I didn’t clean their toilet within 24h like if I were an hour or two too late they did not use it as they found It too dirty and peed next to it.
They hay and stuff blocked constantly my hoover and they nibbled on anything like they damaged our carpet in no time, our Sofa and they jumped up 120cm high and ate my orchards.
We only had them temporary but I was happy to actually say good bye to them. Also when we locked them in at night (they still had a big place, about 3square meters) they went against the Metall with their teeth and made loud sounds.

About the outside enclosure you can’t use a shed or garden house they get too warm during the summers as the heat can go nowhere. We use wire on one side of our walk in enclosure and during the winter and also wind we use a similar thing to Plexiglass to get it closed.

I’m not against keeeping them indoors etc. I only wanted to talk about my experience to help and want to make people aware so the newly bought animals won’t end up in a rescue home.

Eve
I'm sure that there are many that have had a similar experience with keeping a rabbit indoors. That's probably because there are plenty of ways to keep them indoors that are not to the best advantage. I myself have dealt with much of that but... after trying different methods over the years with quite a few rabbits -- trial & error and even some advice from this forum -- I've picked up some of the tricks and tips that make indoor rabbit housing a breeze.

One of my main motives for creating my website was to help people to see how to house rabbits indoors to their best advantage -- minimal upkeep, no odor, happy rabbit. :)

The weather where we live now is quite warm. Half the year (by mid/end of April and all the way through mid Oct.) our daytime highs range from 90F (32+C) to 115F (46C).:eek:

We're above 105 all of Jn, Jly, Aug, half of Sept. -- so yeah... pretty warm.;) Definitely too hot to have a rabbit outside.

Today is 79F (26C). :)

I've also lived where we got snow in the winter. The summers, though, would get unbearably humid and could get up in the 90s. But 80F with high humidity is more stifling (imo) than 115 and dry.
 
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Hi all,

It's not that I think they are dirty, I just don't have room in my house for a rabbit and some other family members think they are dirty. :rolleyes: I'd like to see some nice/easy outdoor set ups and tips please.
 

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It gets around 98° in the summer and 17° in the winter where I live in Tennessee. Theo gets cold tiles and frozen water bottles in the summer, and towels that have been in the microwave or dryer in the winter.
Just a tip @Cluckin'Bunny, most rabbit rescues do not adopt out to outdoor homes so it might be difficult to find a bonded pair. I got Theo from a breeder off of Craigslist and I think that getting rabbits from Craigslist is almost like rescuing. Most of the rabbits on there have been malnourished and our in bad condition and need help trust wise.
Theo is in out shed right now to protect him from wind, rain, etc. It is nice but also annoying to get him out because I only have one playpen and it is attached to his hutch so to take him outside I have to use a harness. I'm working on a nice big run right now that is super safe. It is similar to the one below. Also, check out this thread on outdoor housing options: https://www.rabbitsonline.net/threads/outdoor-cages-post-your-photo.96732/
The picture he is in is his set up right now, and the other one is something similar to what I'm building.
 

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There was this link posted at some point in time in this forum for outdoor rabbit housing that was really cool! It's on Pinterest.

https://www.pinterest.com/catcatxx/rabbit-housing-wall-of-fame/
Love this link for examples of good outdoor housing!

There is a sister link that shows examples of bad outdoor housing. This can be helpful in knowing what to avoid. Some may be surprised at what is not appropriate.
http://pinterest.com/catcatxx/rabbit-housing-wall-of-shame/
 

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