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Ivorboub02
12-04-2008, 11:22 AM
first post yay ^.^

well i wanted to ask about this hutch i might be getting for my rabbit
(we have 9 bunnies but only 1 is mine :D)

well we go to Pets at Home for our hutchs and when i got Ivory she was quite small so a Heather Hideaway was plenty for her.
but she has got so big that she really badly needs a new one,

but for some reason i cannot think of Pets at Home have now stopped making the camomile cottage hutch(currently have 3) we even went to 3 different shops and none had it.

and so the next biggest one "Thistle Hall" is 50 more and its massive for just her, i was wondering should i just spoil her and let her have it all to herself or should i put another rabbit in with her?

oh its a 2 tier hutch we were thinking of blocking off the step so its like 2 hutches, its that big it could house 2 rabbits :D

maisydaisystar
12-04-2008, 11:42 AM
The bigger the better I'd say, she'd love lots of room to run around

honeybunny
12-04-2008, 11:45 AM
Sadly the hutches you mention are now considered too small to keep rabbits in.
The thistle hall is fine and would be ok for 2 small rabbits such as nethies..but I wouldn't section it on purpose...
ideally a bun should have a space of 5 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet as a minimum for a permanent home..
so how about a Lavender lodge for her..I think that is 5 ft??:?

Jack-Bun
12-04-2008, 11:53 AM
Try www.happyhutch.co.uk their hutches are great and really affordable! x

holidayhutch
12-04-2008, 12:05 PM
I beleive under the new Animal Welfare bill the RWA recommend a hutch size no less than 6ft x 2ft x 2ft.
Try Happy Hutch you can get one that size with a run attached for a reasonable price

XMissySJx
12-04-2008, 12:20 PM
Sadly the hutches you mention are now considered too small to keep rabbits in.
The thistle hall is fine and would be ok for 2 small rabbits such as nethies..but I wouldn't section it on purpose...
ideally a bun should have a space of 5 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet as a minimum for a permanent home..
so how about a Lavender lodge for her..I think that is 5 ft??:?

yeh i have that hutch and its lovely and big :D only one i would class as suitable from PAH tho

Ivorboub02
12-04-2008, 12:25 PM
so if i got the thistle hall just for her would it be ok? (keeping it just as the 1 big hutch)
and is that why the camomile cottage is not being sold anymore because its too small now

XMissySJx
12-04-2008, 12:27 PM
so if i got the thistle hall just for her would it be ok?
and is that why the camomile cottage is not being sold anymore because its too small now

the Lavendar Lodge is cheaper than the thistle hall but bigger. because of the ramp in the thistle hall and the fact it isnt very deep, there isnt much room for bunnies to stretch out. So the LL is bigger and cheaper :D

Jack-Bun
12-04-2008, 12:30 PM
This one is Huge and is also double story like Thistle Hall!
http://www.happyhutch.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=44&categoryID=6

Ivorboub02
12-04-2008, 12:30 PM
yeah i suppose i'll have to talk it over with the others before we go and buy anything
we might end up ordering from that site :D hutch+run combo would be best

XMissySJx
12-04-2008, 12:31 PM
This one is Huge and is also double story like Thistle Hall!
http://www.happyhutch.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=44&categoryID=6

and cheaper! and they deliver next day!

altho as its sat it would be monday!

Jack-Bun
12-04-2008, 12:32 PM
and cheaper! and they deliver next day!

altho as its sat it would be monday!

Mmm! TBH I like that hutch!!:rolleyes::D

Ivorboub02
12-04-2008, 12:43 PM
yeah i'd like to get a hutch+run combo but its raining all the time so she'd never get to go in the run
thats why its never been an option

Jack-Bun
12-04-2008, 12:46 PM
yeah i'd like to get a hutch+run combo but its raining all the time so she'd never get to go in the run
thats why its never been an option

You can get seperate runs with covers over like this:
http://www.happyhutch.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=202&categoryID=9
Jack x

*lily*
12-04-2008, 01:01 PM
I think that access to a run should be available all the time whether it's raining or not. Mine go out whatever the weather as long as there is a covered area for them.

Jack-Bun
12-04-2008, 01:02 PM
I think that access to a run should be available all the time whether it's raining or not. Mine go out whatever the weather as long as there is a covered area for them.

Mine too- but they have got wise to go into the playhouse if its raining, because if they don't the dreaded towel comes out:lol:

mit
12-04-2008, 01:11 PM
Rabbits dont care if its raining or not, ive had buns that have just sat for hours in the rain, playing about. It dosent bother them.

m
xx

*lily*
12-04-2008, 01:11 PM
Awwww bless them!

hunnybun
12-04-2008, 08:46 PM
Rabbits dont care if its raining or not, ive had buns that have just sat for hours in the rain, playing about. It dosent bother them.

m
xx


but getting wet and then cold lowers their immune system :?

Minimallow
12-04-2008, 09:03 PM
A cheaper way to make the run waterproof is to fix thick polythene onto the roof and sides. We buy ours from a rope and sail shop and is only a pound or two per metre of it. Its very thick, waterproof and ours has lasted a long time! It would work out cheaper than buying an actual cover :D This means they can sit out in the run all day and night if they wish and are protected from the wind and rain. They are always bone dry no matter what the weather - and as its transparent you can still see them all the time through it :D

Scrufox86
13-04-2008, 01:58 AM
If the rabbit gets exercise outside of the hutch does it matter too much about the size? After all the hutch is not where rabbits should be 24/7

sillyrabbit
13-04-2008, 02:07 AM
Mine have access to runs in the rain, if they dont want to get wet they wont sit in the run when its raining :lol: I let mine free range in the garden when its raining too with the option of coming into the house if they want :) They play in the rain and just come in the back door when they have had enough :lol:

I would go for a hutch and run :) I have the 6ft happyhutch with the run for Trip and Scarlett and its good :) x

sillyrabbit
13-04-2008, 02:16 AM
If the rabbit gets exercise outside of the hutch does it matter too much about the size? After all the hutch is not where rabbits should be 24/7

It depends how much exercise they are getting :)

For example I work all day and sleep at night :lol: Even if I gave my buns two hours out before work and five hours out after work that would still be 17 hours a day shut in a hutch. You need to work out how much time the bunny will be spending inside the hutch and not just think about the hours they are out of it.

This is why Trip and Scarlett have access to their run all the time :)

At the moment Buu and Beau are each in a 6ft hutch with no runs attached, but each day they take turns of playing in a large run with shelter or free range in my bedroom while im at work and are only in their hutches while im asleep which is about 7 hours. I still think this is too long for them to be shut in their hutches but to be honest until I move out their isnt much I can do about it as I was planning on them living together not seperately :(