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Lulubooboo

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Glad it went well! If you are interested in seeing how I've gotten my dogs to get along with my rabbits (no guarantee this method will work as it depends on the individual dog) you can see that here:

If it is over 80-85F, it is better for them to be indoors in A/C. The setup you have for them now with the exercise pen is a decent setup. (Once you are able to expand it after blocking off the wood shelves, would love to see an updated photo!) Once expanded, you may be getting close to 30 sq ft which is a fine size. You don't have to free-roam. They will do just fine in the pen with supervised playtime in that room the pen is in. In other words, there is no need to put them back outside since your indoor setup looks like it will be perfectly acceptable.

What state are you in? There is a current outbreak of RHDV2 that is causing the recommendation that rabbits be kept indoors. You can read about that (and what areas are currently known to be affected) at this link:

If you are not in a known area of infection, then it may be even worse to house outdoors as the vaccine won't be available. Yet this disease spreads rapidly and it's only a matter of time before it may reach new areas. [When it hit Australia, it only took 18 months for it to traverse across the entire continent.]
I'm glad that it looks alright!!! The female usually gets let out into the dining room, because there's no carpet, but the male doesn't get to be out much right now, he and the female get to be outside in the fenced backyard when it's cool enough.
Anyways, I'd love to keep them inside, but my dad doesn't like it, and my mom isn't a fan, because they stink, and they're kind of in the way. So as soon as it's cool enough, they have to go out, unless I want to spend $100 on stuff to keep the female inside, but then the male would be alone.

I've heard about the disease, I'm in Washington State, which I think is one of the places that it is found in. We live in the city, so we don't see many wild rabbits or animals for that matter. I wish there was a vaccine 😞. Thank you for all your help and info!
 

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Hmmm.. why would you need to spend more money? The setup is fine the way it is. If they are litter trained, then there should be no odor whatsoever (if the litter box is setup to your advantage). Now is the time to get it set up so that it does not have odor. (That way your parents would be more likely to let them stay indoors. ;) )

Here is how to setup an odor free litter box:

Just be extra careful about the RHDV2. In one study, over 30% of those with infected pet rabbits have no wild rabbits anywhere in their vicinity.
 

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Hmmm.. why would you need to spend more money? The setup is fine the way it is. If they are litter trained, then there should be no odor whatsoever (if the litter box is setup to your advantage). Now is the time to get it set up so that it does not have odor. (That way your parents would be more likely to let them stay indoors. ;) )

Here is how to setup an odor free litter box:

Just be extra careful about the RHDV2. In one study, over 30% of those with infected pet rabbits have no wild rabbits anywhere in their vicinity.
The bunnies poop everywhere because they're trying to mark everything up right now. They're still not fully bonded but the female was in a tiny cage, so we felt awful and moved them together after both had been fixed.
I was meaning that I'd have to spend at least $60 to buy another cage like the one they're in right now. I don't really want to take full responsibility for both bunnies, the male is my brother's bunny, but the female is mine. I honestly feel really bad for the male, my brother hardly ever plays with him, he lets him out, but never plays with him. So I am willing ti take over all the care, but my brother would still claim the male as his, and blah blah blah lol.

I am honestly more nervous about the disease now after doing a little more research and after you saying that they could still get it. I might see if we can keep them inside even longer than just until it cools down a bit. Maybe they'll turn into indoor bunnies, who knows 😉.
 

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We use a puppy exercise pen in our dining room area (linoleum flooring). We bring them in once temperatures exceed 82°. Ours holland lops are litter box trained so they pee in a small box that we have cedar chips in. We bring their food, water bottle and their tunnel in as well. They are super chill during the day and do lots of napping. Then once it’s cooled down they go back outside in their outdoor hutch. This is a pic of our little setup for their inside time...
 

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We use a puppy exercise pen in our dining room area (linoleum flooring). We bring them in once temperatures exceed 82°. Ours holland lops are litter box trained so they pee in a small box that we have cedar chips in. We bring their food, water bottle, and their tunnel in as well. They are super chill during the day and do lots of napping. Then once it’s cooled down they go back outside in their outdoor hutch. This is a pic of our little setup for their inside time...
Do you have to litter train them when you bring them in? Or do they just know to do their business in the litterbox?
Mine will not quit pooping ( and peeing I guess ) outside of the litterbox!
 
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