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Ceretrea
24-10-2009, 06:42 PM
I love this hutches and to be honest I have been swinging back and forth between hutch vs shed for a while. Having been to see someone from here today with Dwarf Lops I have come to realise that Giant Rabbits are not feasible as there is no way I would be able to carry one in a pet carrier to the vet with my back. :( And this is one reason why we aren't ready for bunnies yet, as I really need to be very very certain what we can accomodate.

So we are back to the hutch idea, and I love the Ryedale hutches. Especially the 6ft double extra large in log lap :love:

This hutch would fit nicely onto our patio. But I wondered if any members on here had a Ryedale hutch and would mind posting a picture of it. Its all very well seeing a spanky new one but I would like to see a 'used' one and how well its held up to time and use and norty bunnies.

caerleon
24-10-2009, 07:03 PM
heres mine with an aviary attached
http://i544.photobucket.com/albums/hh347/caerleon76/2009_0121pets030002.jpg
they can make you any size you require too:)

Ceretrea
24-10-2009, 07:10 PM
Looks great :)

caerleon
24-10-2009, 07:11 PM
thank you! they delivered it free too:)

Ceretrea
24-10-2009, 07:12 PM
Gosh, even better...where did the aviary come from?

caerleon
24-10-2009, 07:12 PM
lester wanted me to point out thats him on the middle floor looking out!:lol:

caerleon
24-10-2009, 07:14 PM
i got it from one of my customers at work, they were getting rid so i bought it off them 40!

Ceretrea
24-10-2009, 07:21 PM
lester wanted me to point out thats him on the middle floor looking out!:lol:

*waves at Lester* :wave: Gorgeous :love:

40.00 was a steal, lucky lucky bunnies :)

caerleon
25-10-2009, 02:38 PM
thank you again!:lol: just keep your eyes open, i drive for a living so im always on the lookout for stuff!

Puddle and Elliot
25-10-2009, 03:21 PM
Here is Puddle and Elliot's Rydale hutch. It is a double 6 x 2 with run attached. Sorry about the fuzzy pic. They made it with a detachable roof so we could get it through the gate. We have had it over a year and it is like new in every respect. The ebay man made a cover for it.

Something has made an attempt to get in the run but made little impression on it, just scratches. We were glad we had gone for a quality hutch. I would recommend them.


http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq45/Mrtoxic1/2008_1008photos0008-1.jpg


:D

Ceretrea
25-10-2009, 03:38 PM
Thank you :)

leong
25-10-2009, 08:00 PM
Here's ours, currently not in use as our two are indoors. Will be looking at using it as a temp foster care home.

http://www.leongoodwin.com/Hutch1.jpg

http://www.leongoodwin.com/Hutch2.jpg

http://www.leongoodwin.com/Hutch3.jpg

This is the 5ft x 3ft version double storey with 9ft x 5ft run. Yes it pretty much takes up the whole garden lol.

Ceretrea
25-10-2009, 08:23 PM
Wow, thats one solidly built run. I like the shutters too :)

leong
25-10-2009, 10:15 PM
It's ok, a shed would be better though :)

Ceretrea
25-10-2009, 10:23 PM
Aye,now its gonna be small bunnies we think a nice massive hutch would fit nicer on our patio. Bunnies would still free range in the garden so still have plenty of space.

I do like the run although a hutch over run setup would just murder my back. A separate run, which I take it they make aswell would be ideal for the days when I have to go out.

leong
25-10-2009, 11:09 PM
Ryedale will do anything you want them to. 5ft x 3ft dbl storey aren't part of their standard web offerings but if you speak to them they will do something customised to your exact specs. The above spec was totally custom including the door opening on the pen to facilate easy access to a large pen.
They're not cheap but the quality is excellent.

Netutopia
26-10-2009, 07:34 AM
I have a Ryedale hutch that I ordered 18 months ago, I have been really pleased with it - it came really quickly and was built to order (5 x 3 double hutch with under run - each level 2 foot high)

However - I ordered a second hutch 5 weeks ago today over the phone and I was told that it would be here within 3 weeks - I am still waiting. I called Rob last week to chase it and he was very rude and aggressive and said that it should be here on November the 1st, that will be almost 6 weeks from ordering having been promised 3. :evil:

I would not recommend them based on this order - if I was you I would go for the shed option - we bought a great 6 x 4 pent shed from Tiger Sheds (http://www.tigersheds.com/) I would thoroughly recommend them, if we had the space to fit another and attach a run, I would have bought one of them instead.

Ceretrea
26-10-2009, 08:16 AM
I have looked extensively into the shed thing, but something is niggling me about it still. Nearer the time I will be more certain, but the Ryedale hutches feel more...right for me at the moment. Maybe he was having a bad day? Perhaps they have been let down by someone else in the business which is making them late? Not saying its okay to talk to customers that way tho, he should have apologised about the lateness not taken it out on you.

Netutopia
26-10-2009, 09:34 AM
I ordered the hutch on the Monday, the money was taken from my card on the Wednesday, and it was built by the Friday because when I called to see if I could change something he said that it was build and I was too late. That is what is so frustrating - knowing that it is just sat there. :roll:

He seems to do the deliveries himself on a Sunday when he has enough to deliver, but didn't give any indication that it could be longer than 3 weeks.

I don't think that there is ever an excuse to be rude to customers, we run our own business so we are used to customer interaction!

Anyway, it is up to you - just wanted to warn you as if I had know I would have ordered elsewhere.

I have a french lop in a shed with attached run and I also have smaller buns in a shed with a run, I would thoroughly recommend it - great for cleaning them out and sitting with them and they all love it. The 6 x 4 pent shed is only 215 delivered whereas my hutch is costing 250.

caerleon
26-10-2009, 03:09 PM
i dealt with a lady when i got both my hutches and she couldnt be more helpful especially as i needed one off spec, we organised a time and day to suit me too. they are really strong and well made can get shutters for them but i havent bothered they do runs too.:)

Netutopia
26-10-2009, 03:27 PM
i dealt with a lady when i got both my hutches and she couldnt be more helpful especially as i needed one off spec, we organised a time and day to suit me too. they are really strong and well made can get shutters for them but i havent bothered they do runs too.:)

I did too with my first order but I think that she must not be there anymore - just Rob - it says to speak to him on the website. Shame - she was really nice as you said

biscandmatt1
26-10-2009, 04:19 PM
i have had a ryedale hutch before and wasn't happy with then to be honest. the quality was good, but the design was done wrong from what i had asked for and was awkward to clean the way the run was attached. also, i assumed when i asked for the size that that would be the floor space...but it wasn't, they did the sides and then the loglap eating into the size of the floor, and it had liek beams on the roof inside which took the roof height too low. in the end after all that it was way too small for my two, and i had needed it asap as their other one wasn't safe so had to keep it in the end. thankfully they just used it as a run and moved into the shed. i sold it to a lady on my road for 50...i paid 460 for it.

also, when i told them i wasn't happy, that woman, called claire i think, was really annoyed and rob said she refused to speak to me again. unprofessional. rob spoke to me for ages though and was ok, but not exactly apologetic. said it was my fault basically for assuming the size stated was for the floor space!

anyway, i would choose a shed over a hutch. but if you do go with the hutch, make sure you say what the floor space has to be and the height before the edging and roof goes on!!!

Ceretrea
26-10-2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks for that, I had not realised the measurements were the external ones or that the internal ones would differ so much. In my opinion they should then post both on the information?

The shed isn't out completely but it requires a base being built from scratch and a lot of leveling to be done where it needs to go. So it is with that cost added on rather than the price of the shed on its own. There is a lot to figure out in terms of type of flooring I would need it to have to make cleaning easier as opposed to what the bunnies would like. Plus the safety factor of bunnies escaping etc etc. Plus I just love the look and quality of Ryedale..but then if their customer service is going downhill then I won't risk the hassle.

My landlords have specified that a run must be escape proof on a solid base rather than just wire underneath, so that will have to built as well, if I had the hutch then the run would also be on the patio we already have.

*taps chin* Unless I can find a way of fitting the shed near the patio and having the run sit on there...We were looking at this metal grid stuff as a base for the shed but I'm not sure if that will work out better or not.

To be honest we may well end up with some sort of wierd combo lol Sometimes I wish I was ignorant and then I would just be dashing down to P@H and buying any old thing instead of bashing my brain against the wall :lol::lol:

w1lll
26-10-2009, 04:39 PM
I can see where this thread is going. Here's a link back to an earlier thread with some pics of my shed and run set up:

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=200959

The shed is 6x4 foot, and the run is 5x4ft (We're having a bigger run built in the spring BTW).

Santa
26-10-2009, 05:01 PM
I absolutely adore my ryedale :love: I don't have any recent photos because my laptop is refusing to upload photos to the internet, but I've had it at least 18 months I reckon and it's still good as new :) Because they come pre-built, they are really very solid indeed.

I have this one: http://www.rehutches.com/imagepages/doublehutch04.htm

I had it made with extra doors at either side of the base level so that I could attach a run to the side - this means it's far easier to access the hutch without having to keep climbing in or bending over the run. I also think that having 2 'sleeping' spaces works really well as my nethies use the top one as a cosy bed and the middle one as a toilet.

I have also screwed a piece of perspex across the front of the top level - just took the door screws out and attached it underneath. This keeps the top level nice and cosy and draught free for maximum snuggling.

I would say though that most of their products are not 2ft high each level by default, you need to ask to have them made 2ft high otherwise they aren't high enough for most average sized bunnies to stretch fully up.

But having said that, I've got my eye on one of these for next time round: http://www.framebow.co.uk/giant_rabbit_hutch.html


Decisions decisions :)

Ceretrea
26-10-2009, 07:22 PM
It is difficult to choose, and its such an important choice too.

caerleon
26-10-2009, 07:42 PM
I can see where this thread is going. Here's a link back to an earlier thread with some pics of my shed and run set up:

whats thats suppose to mean?:?

w1lll
26-10-2009, 10:30 PM
I can see where this thread is going. Here's a link back to an earlier thread with some pics of my shed and run set up:

whats thats suppose to mean?:?

That the OP was probably going to ask for advice about a shed setup type thing, or something. I really don't know :oops:

susieb1
26-10-2009, 10:41 PM
If you have the space and money, I would go for a shed with run attached if poss. Think about all the wet mornings, days, nights when you are going out there to feed, cuddle etc. Also much more space for the buns.:wave:Good luck in whatever you decide. Bunnies are the best!!!:wave:

Ceretrea
27-10-2009, 12:01 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I already asked about shed setups in another thread :D I think it is something to be decided at a later date and nearer the time for sure. Sorry to be a pain :oops:

caerleon
27-10-2009, 04:19 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I already asked about shed setups in another thread :D I think it is something to be decided at a later date and nearer the time for sure. Sorry to be a pain :oops:

no need to be sorry its always best to ask if your not sure:)

Michelleox
27-10-2009, 10:06 PM
This is my 6x2x2 Rydale hutch. This was when it was delivered and plonked in the garage. They are beautifully made and very heavy. And no, you can't take bits off to make it fit through doorways!

http://i568.photobucket.com/albums/ss121/Michelleox09/DSC00005-1.jpg

Ceretrea
27-10-2009, 10:26 PM
Awesome thank you :D