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Lemonade
17-11-2013, 01:21 PM
Hi all,
As some of you may know, I've been having trouble getting my shy bun Socks out into the run as she wouldn't get into the carrier to be transported.
Although I thought I wouldn't be able to, I thought I'd see if I could attach run to hutch, even though not as ideal as grass IMO as it's now on slabs. This is what I've done so far.

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I'm happy because Socks has come out into the run within five minutes but the hutch and run are in no way attached so I was hoping for some advice to make it safer. They run covers the gap under the hutch so they can't get under there but I'm aware that the run could be pushed away from the hutch if they found a way to do it.
Happy to leave them like this for a few hours whilst myself and OH are in and buzzing around but wouldn't do this if I wasn't in or overnight.

Does anyone have any suggestions?




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Babsie
17-11-2013, 04:17 PM
I'm not a fan of metal runs so I would buy a large wooden run and attach it to the hutch with runaround system.

Lemonade
17-11-2013, 04:21 PM
Any particular reason you're not a fan?


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Babsie
17-11-2013, 04:22 PM
Any particular reason you're not a fan?


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I don't think they are sturdy enough for a rabbit to be left in there unattended.

Lemonade
17-11-2013, 04:24 PM
Fair enough. On the grass, I use tent pegs to hold it down and am confident that nothing can get through the top.

Perfectly understand the worry on concrete though.




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Babsie
17-11-2013, 04:28 PM
Fair enough. On the grass, I use tent pegs to hold it down and am confident that nothing can get through the top.

Perfectly understand the worry on concrete though.




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I think there was an accident with a dog running straight into a metal run. I know some people like them, I just prefer the weight/sturdiness of a wooden run, particularly as I like my rabbits to have constant access to it.

Lemonade
17-11-2013, 04:30 PM
Oh right. I definitely need to rethink my setup.


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Aly&Poppy<3
17-11-2013, 04:33 PM
My rabbit got spooked and ran straight through the bars, his head was stuck. If we weren't there I don't know what would have happened, he's a big bun too but his head went through effortlessly. He had some swelling and was on metacam for a bit, but I bought a bigger wooden run for them so it didn't happen again. There was a big thread on them not too long ago.

I still use them, but as puppy panels to block off the garden for them.

If you had a wooden one you could get a runaround tube to connect them both like Babsie said.

Edit- here's the thread :wave:

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?362050-Metal-rabbit-run-warning

mollyjoker
17-11-2013, 04:34 PM
I have an attached run ,similar to your set up.
But have a wooden run with mesh so no gaps like
the metal run.
Ours is on concrete which suits better as when on grass ,my 2 are diggers
so always digging holes.
I thing wooden runs are more sturdy and we have put
concrete slabs around the outside so it cannot be moved.
They have access 24 hours as I am convinced it is secure.
Just to add they get lots of free range time as well.:wave:

Zoobec
17-11-2013, 04:38 PM
There was a recent post highlighting the dangers of these runs, parts of it are upsetting though.

http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?403445-Safety-warning-about-an-enclosure-please-read&highlight=Metal+run+warning

I used to use these runs as you can see by my signature, but have now got an aviary style one.

You could get a wooden run with heavyweight weldmesh and either use runaround tube to connect hutch to run, or fasten on to hutch in some way if you could get it made to measure to fit on the front, being sure to block off the gap under the hutch with that method.

Lemonade
17-11-2013, 04:42 PM
Will have a look for a wooden run to replace this one at work tonight.


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mollyjoker
17-11-2013, 04:50 PM
Will have a look for a wooden run to replace this one at work tonight.


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The door of our hutch at the bottom opens into the run ,so you do not get that gap
where the door is against the run.So maybe get a run with a larger opening to do this.
Saying that I have to prop the door open with a brick
as once it swung shut in the wind and bunnies could not get back in the hutch .

sueny
18-11-2013, 01:05 PM
Can't recommend the Runaround system enough, my two love theirs. I know some of the guys on here have gone on and made their own runaround systems but I'm not that great with DIY. I think for what you get, ease of fitting and peace of mind, it's worth it.

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