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briony_y
09-04-2010, 08:00 PM
I have a run but it is a little small for when the buns grow up..

Was wondering if this one is ok???

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/6ft-x4ft-x2ft-Folding-Rabbit-Poultry-Sheltered-Run-035_W0QQitemZ180422433625QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pet _Supplies_Poultry?hash=item2a0203db59

It needs to be folding as cannot keep it out when they are not in it as it will take up most of my patio or most of the grass :)

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 08:02 PM
Ahhhahh, I just bought one of these :D

briony_y
09-04-2010, 08:11 PM
would you recommend it then??? I have the 6ft double hutch made by same company which I got from the same seller!

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 08:42 PM
Well I literally just bought one, like an hour ago so I guess it will be middle of next week before it arrives. I'll happily give you an opinion then if you like? :D

Like you I needed it to be fold upable & easy to shift, this seemed like a well thought out design & the guy responded to my questions quickly :)

Santa
09-04-2010, 08:52 PM
I have 2 folding runs (without the sheltered bit) from the predecessor to that company. To be honest I found them pretty hopeless if they're being folded up and moved on a regular basis. They seemed brilliant when they arrived and overall they're not bad value for money but the wood is so soft that the hinges fell off within a few months. I suspect they're a bit better if they're not regularly being folded and moved but personally I would try and find one made of stronger, chunkier wood :)

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 08:55 PM
I have 2 folding runs (without the sheltered bit) from the predecessor to that company. To be honest I found them pretty hopeless if they're being folded up and moved on a regular basis. They seemed brilliant when they arrived and overall they're not bad value for money but the wood is so soft that the hinges fell off within a few months. I suspect they're a bit better if they're not regularly being folded and moved but personally I would try and find one made of stronger, chunkier wood :)

Yes I thought that may be the case. I've already decided that mine will be covered with a waterproof sheet whenever possible to prolong it's life!:) Worst case at least my hubby will have a template to copy from when it's time for a new one :lol:

briony_y
09-04-2010, 08:55 PM
do you know of any other companies that do folding ones? Mine will be folded away everytime I use it so don't want hinges to go! I got a really good one last year for my guinea pigs but the seller is no-longer on ebay :( it is too small really for rabbits as not tall enough and a bit short on the length too (sadly I thought it was bigger til I got it out recently) ! if only i new what make it was as it seemed good solid wood!

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:02 PM
think this one is any better? It is a lot more expensive so If I got it would be cross if it wasn't!

http://www.happyhutch.com/ViewProduct.asp?productID=11

Santa
09-04-2010, 09:09 PM
The HH stuff I've had in the past has been a different type of wood to those other ones so I would think it would be a lot better.

Honestly, if you're going to fold it up every time you use it I wouldn't bother with those first ones - you should see the state of mine now! The wood just isn't strong enough to cope with the stress put on the hinges whenever you move it, IMO.

I think folding ones are weaker in any case but I do think the Happy Hutch one would last you much better. Don't know if anyone on here has a folding HH one?

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the advice, there does seem to be a general shortage in 6ft runs as it is but wanting a folding one is making it more difficult to find as not many companies do folding ones that big (maybe for good reason lol )

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 09:13 PM
Do you think it's the hinges that are the problem or the wood or a combination of the two? Just thinking hinges are easily replaced.

Santa
09-04-2010, 09:18 PM
No it's the wood, it's just not strong enough to hold the screws under tension when you move it. The wood on mine has eventually either split or the holes have worn so much that the screws literally just fell out. One half of the lid has come off one, and the end of the other has completely come apart.

Briony - it might be worth asking around for a local carpenter, you could probably get a really sturdy one built for not far off the same money :)

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 09:19 PM
No it's the wood, it's just not strong enough to hold the screws under tension when you move it. The wood on mine has eventually either split or the holes have worn so much that the screws literally just fell out. One half of the lid has come off one, and the end of the other has completely come apart.

Oh dear! Best be extra gentle with mine then!

Santa
09-04-2010, 09:22 PM
They're still cheaper than most others so all is not lost - I just wouldn't expect it to stay in good condition for very long! If you can move it as a 2-person job with one at either end I think it will last better, as at least there would be less twisting of the joins that way :)

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 09:24 PM
They're still cheaper than most others so all is not lost - I just wouldn't expect it to stay in good condition for very long! If you can move it as a 2-person job with one at either end I think it will last better, as at least there would be less twisting of the joins that way :)

Sounds like a good idea. I shall have "my men" move it for me :lol::lol::lol:

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:36 PM
not sure i know a local carpenter lol! will have to look around some more but thanks everyone for the advice! I wondered if I could make my own but wouldn't know where to start or what wood to use etc...

Santa
09-04-2010, 09:45 PM
How about one of these if you're only planning for the buns to be out when you're home? They're a bit fiddly but are a good size and completely flatpack.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/rodents/cages/pens_fencing/pens_with_racks/35638

janice
09-04-2010, 09:48 PM
Gisela has two of the large ones she connects together to use as a run, I have some smaller ones for piggies and they have lasted really well.

Rhian33
09-04-2010, 09:49 PM
Is it essential that it's foldable? Buns should really have 24/7 access to a secure run unless they are indoor buns with a large pen or free range.

Fluffers
09-04-2010, 09:49 PM
How about one of these if you're only planning for the buns to be out when you're home? They're a bit fiddly but are a good size and completely flatpack.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/rodents/cages/pens_fencing/pens_with_racks/35638

I think they're great for going onto grass as they come with pegs but you'd have to put something heavy on top if you were using it on the patio, a fox could flip it up otherwise :(

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:52 PM
thanks that is a good idea only it mentions that the rods can be pushed into the ground suggesting they stick down at the bottom, therefore possibly not suitable to go on a patio as well as the grass and I want to be able to put them on the patio when the grass is damp,

We have the odd cat in the area and although they will not be out without me being around I will need to go inside at some point (ie for the toilet etc..) and wouldn't be happy with a gap at the bottom where the rods stick down just incase they could get their claws in and frighten the buns!

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:56 PM
Re the question about whether the run needs to be collaspable:

they have a large 6ft double hutch with a lot of head room but unfortunately I do not have the space next to the hutch to connect a run. they will be out for as long as possible when I am at home but not happy leaving them in a run when i'm out as they won't be able to get back to their hutch if required.

I start work late at 10 so they will get a couple of hours in the morning then in the evening they will be out for as long as possible before it starts to go dark / cold!

briony_y
09-04-2010, 09:58 PM
and of course at weekend I will keep them out for longer. I have plenty of hideys etc.. for them and will provide water, hay etc.. in the run!