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sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 01:38 PM
Somevof you will know that i am being forced to house my buns outside :cry: I have never had outside bunnies and it feels wrong. I fought so very hard to keep the bunnies inside. Rowan is still in our room at 2 years old sleeping in a travel cot as we can't fit a bigger cot in our room. He cannot share with big brother river as river has autism and his behaviour is very unpredictable. I hate hate hate the " experts, " being right. I was so sure that the boys could share but I was wrong :cry:
when gypsy and Storm, my old arthritic bunnies were alive I fought tooth and nail to keep them in. They both reached 10 and had always been house buns. I believe that I did right by them, and they got to live out their days as house buns in the bunny room ( although it was a decision that caused so many problems with various people and organisations ) both old bunnies have since passed away. I now have aurora who is 2 and benny who is around 9 months. It was never my plan to get more bunnies but after gypsy passed away stormy nearly gave up so along came aurora. It I truly believe that she gave him an extra year of life, even if others thought my decision to take her on was a foolish one. Of course after stormy passed I could not leave aurora as a lone bun, so along came benny.
Meanwhile our 2 year old son is sharing our bedroom and my husband hates him being there now :cry: I have come to term with the fact that he can never share with river and needs his own room. We cannot afford to move or extend the house so the bunny room will be converted to a tiny children's bedroom. It is breaking my heart but no one seems to understand. I am hoping that being young healthy bunnies that they will be ok, but I am scared :cry: I will miss seeing them every time I go upstairs or get up in the middle of the night. I love having them inside with us. Benny loves the attention and doesn't mind the chaos. Aurora isn't really a people bun and may be glad of the peace outside but still :cry:

we have the bunny house in the garden ready to paint. Every time I look out of the window I can see it glaring at me. I should be happy but I am not.
I bought some pink and white paint to try and make it look more inviting, I know the buns don't care, it's more for me than them.

Anyway, here is the bunnies new house

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c139/sparklefairyrocks/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/20150828_135053_zpstfjrklri.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sparklefairyrocks/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/20150828_135053_zpstfjrklri.jpg.html)

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 01:41 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c139/sparklefairyrocks/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/20150828_134617_zpszu6048ac.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sparklefairyrocks/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/20150828_134617_zpszu6048ac.jpg.html)


can also be used as a child house lol

esupi
03-09-2015, 01:46 PM
Honestly - they will be fine. I have an indoor pair of bunnies and an outdoor pair and I would say they are both equally happy. It's lovely to watch the outside ones pottering about on the grass when we're home too.
It definitely sounds like the best thing for your family as a whole and really won't put the rabbits at any disadvantage. Just try to go with it, and I bet you will adapt and enjoy the different routine they have in a very short time.

bumblicious
03-09-2015, 01:50 PM
Awww that's such an amazing house! It will be hard at first I bet but you'll get used to it. X

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 01:52 PM
It is just so hard for me. It feels so strange and wrong. I have had house bunnies for around 20 years now

have I left it too late in the year to move them now?

bumblicious
03-09-2015, 01:54 PM
I think it'll still mild enough to move them now

Babsie
03-09-2015, 01:58 PM
I thought we'd decided to house your o/h outside. I'm disappointed in you!
Seriously, it looks lovely. Are you going to attach a run to give them more space?

Babsie
03-09-2015, 01:59 PM
Where did you get it from, by the way?

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 02:02 PM
I hope so. I just need to paint it and put a skirting board inside where there is a gap between the house and the base. The sleeping area is insulated and although the run part has mesh it is fairly sheltered. I may even get perspex pannels made to fit over the mesh for cold days. The bunny room is never heated and the window always open. We rarely have our heating on to be fair. Hopefully it won't be a shock to them

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 02:06 PM
I thought we'd decided to house your o/h outside. I'm disappointed in you!
Seriously, it looks lovely. Are you going to attach a run to give them more space?


Haha there Is still time!
They have more room in this house than their bedroom but they will have access to a fence type run when I am outside with them. I am trying to convince the oh to let me put an aviary up. The house is 12 x 4 foot their bedroom was only 8 x5

Pets mum
03-09-2015, 02:17 PM
It looks lovely, I'm sure the buns will love it. At least you can go and sit in there with them. I too would love my buns indoors, but that's not to be, maybe one day ! Still they seem to like their home, and love sitting out in all weathers given the chance !

Fellie
03-09-2015, 02:19 PM
It looks amazing!!! And once painted up it will be even more lovely. I am sure the buns will be very happy there - and you will get used to it. It does make sense - you can't continue living like you are and it's not like you can put your 2 year old outside now is it? :lol:

One way I would see it, is that when you go out to visit and feed the buns - it may well become a welcome escape and haven from the chaos inside. My buns are inside - upstairs - the puppies are downstairs - and I must admit I sometimes spend a bit longer than I need to with the buns to avoid the maelstrom that is downstairs :oops::lol:

A friend of mine moved her buns outside recently into a similar set up - and the buns are doing really well. I don't think it's too late - just provide them with loads of straw to snuggle into.

keletkezes
03-09-2015, 02:29 PM
I hated having Lopsy inside when he was ill for the following reasons:

1.) We had to put him in the attic so it was a trek up loads of stairs to do ANYTHING for him
2.) I didn't feel like I could just pop up and see him like I can pop out and see them (maybe it's because I'm short?)
3.) He was super-distracting: I couldn't read, watch TV, do work etc. because he was too interesting (for the two days he was in the lounge)

I much prefer having them outside! Of course, I've always had them outside because my house is a tip but that's the best way they fit in with my life. It's a PITA having them inside but they deserve it when they're ill etc. :)

Santa
03-09-2015, 02:32 PM
It looks wonderful, I'm sure they'll love it :) It is starting to get quite cold at night now so I think you will need to make the move fairly quickly - the longer you put it off, the more likely it is to be a problem to move them out, and I suspect that much as you'd probably like to, you won't get away with keeping them in until the frosts finish next June so the sooner the better now to get them acclimatised in good time for the colder weather. With lots of straw and hay bedding in the inside bit they'll be lovely and cosy. I use clear tarpaulins over the sides of my aviary and they not only stop the rain from getting in but they do keep it a couple of degrees warmer in there too, might be a cheaper alternative than buying perspex bits initially at least. Good luck, it must be a very hard thing for you to be doing but it looks a fabulous house and I'm sure the bunnies will think it's fantastic.

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 03:12 PM
The house looks solid and hopefully secure. I can stand up in there so may turn it into a little bunny haven for me to escape to.
i wanted to paint it rainbow coloured but could only afford pink and white ( Rowan wanted pink, I couldn't decided between beach blue and bright pink )
I will have to get a little sign made up when we have given it a name. Oh, and bunting and fairy lights :lol:
just trying to make it into something lovely to make myself feel better I guess. I know that bunnies do not need fairy lights and bunting.

Tamsin
03-09-2015, 03:24 PM
I think there are definately pros to house bunnies - particularly for us and they are convenient for cuddles. But for rabbits, there are a lot of pros to being outside. The scenery is a lot more changeable, it's like live TV and great enrichment. Even the weather - which we tend to view as a downside makes things more interesting for them day to day and they actually prefer the cooler temperatures as they are permanently wearing fluffy coats :lol: It looks like a very posh bunny house too!

I think the swap will bother you much more than them. You could do it gradually - letting them spend an hour or two having playtime out there a day so it becomes their territory before you swap completely. I expect it will be quite fun to watch them exploring the new space :)

It's good timing to put them out, the weather is warm but just changing so they've time to adjust ready for winter.

Mischief and Tinker's Mum
03-09-2015, 03:26 PM
That house is incredible! I'm sure the bunnies will love it, lucky things!

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 04:34 PM
Thank you everyone:D
yes I think it will bother me more with them being outside. I will definitely worry more, especially about keeping them safe. The doors will be padlocked but I will still worry. Then there's the summer. They had air con inside, although benny broke into the cage around the air con and chewed the wire in 3 different places :? So it doesn't work anymore! All those years it was safe in it's cage and benny trashes it within days of being adopted haha.
I will aim to get the paint on and the skirting board fixed on when river goes back to school next week. It is absolute madness here at the moment :shock:

oh I got the house from duchy farm kennels. :D I got it with a raft base, wipe clean floor and insulation.

youthnovels
03-09-2015, 05:00 PM
Their new home looks amazing!

sparklefairy
03-09-2015, 08:31 PM
Thank you :D
hubby is currently fixing skirting boards to fill the gaps at the bottom for me :D it would have maybe been ok with the gap between the base and the house but I didn't like it.
fingers crossed we get nice weather so we can paint it. Pink with white trim? Or pink and white stripes? Then of course we need a name

keletkezes
04-09-2015, 09:50 AM
Then of course we need a nameThe Pink Palace! My first student house was called that :D I'd go with diagonal stripes to be different XD

sparklefairy
04-09-2015, 11:54 AM
I like it :D

I thought of

rose warren
cotton tail house
candy cottage
Binky burrow

joey&boo
04-09-2015, 12:24 PM
I like it :D

I thought of

rose warren
cotton tail house
candy cottage
Binky burrow


I love your bunnies new home - just needs a comfy armchair so you can chill out there with them. I really like Binky Burrow.

aaammmyyy
04-09-2015, 12:41 PM
I love it! & so will your bunnies xx


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Captain Helen
04-09-2015, 09:44 PM
That's a great set up, the buns with love it :D Binky Burrow is a perfect name xx

sparklefairy
05-09-2015, 01:35 PM
Someone just suggested the hare ( who re) house :shock::shock:

Binky burrows and cotton tail cottage are favourite at the moment. I may change my mind though:lol:

how easy is it to paint stripes without them running into each other,? I have never painted anything ever, so it could be a disaster

tabithakat64
05-09-2015, 01:50 PM
Bunnies New home looks amazing, make sure you have a chair so you can go and sit with them. I love the name candy cottage as you're painting it pink :)

clutterydrawer
05-09-2015, 05:17 PM
This must be really hard :( But it's a beautiful big house and you can clearly fit a human in it so you'll be able to spend lots of time out there with them :) They won't mind a bit. x

clutterydrawer
05-09-2015, 05:19 PM
Someone just suggested the hare ( who re) house :shock::shock:

Binky burrows and cotton tail cottage are favourite at the moment. I may change my mind though:lol:

how easy is it to paint stripes without them running into each other,? I have never painted anything ever, so it could be a disaster

Just saw this - personally I would paint all the stripes of one colour, leave them to dry, then run masking tape along the edges and paint the second colour so you can then peel the tape off and get a nice clean edge. But that might be too much faff, it depends how fancy you want it!

sparklefairy
05-09-2015, 06:06 PM
Just saw this - personally I would paint all the stripes of one colour, leave them to dry, then run masking tape along the edges and paint the second colour so you can then peel the tape off and get a nice clean edge. But that might be too much faff, it depends how fancy you want it!


Brilliant idea :) :)

clutterydrawer
05-09-2015, 06:53 PM
Have fun :) remember we need pics afterwards! (Apologies if people have already said this!)

sparklefairy
06-09-2015, 03:21 PM
Painting has begun! !!

Hubby up the ladder moaning about my choice of colours :lol:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c139/sparklefairyrocks/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_112437_zpsjh8b3872.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sparklefairyrocks/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_112437_zpsjh8b3872.jpg.html)


While little Rowan paints his own house


http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c139/sparklefairyrocks/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_112607_zpss2bzslja.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sparklefairyrocks/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_112607_zpss2bzslja.jpg.html)


to be continued ......

sparklefairy
06-09-2015, 05:48 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c139/sparklefairyrocks/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_171425_zpsokdqefgm.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sparklefairyrocks/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09/20150906_171425_zpsokdqefgm.jpg.html)n

Needs more coats but here it is looking ok so far:D

joey&boo
06-09-2015, 06:26 PM
Brilliant! He's done a grand job

elmoandfern
06-09-2015, 07:03 PM
it looks amazing!! thats a great colour choice :D

Ruthyjones89
06-09-2015, 07:40 PM
Looks great! :) xx

sparklefairy
07-09-2015, 01:23 PM
Thank you :D

it's getting real now:shock:

sparklefairy
08-09-2015, 10:54 AM
The paint smelt slightly fruity (??) So my hubby came up with raspberry cottage.

I am still undecided

keletkezes
08-09-2015, 11:22 AM
The paint smelt slightly fruity (??) So my hubby came up with raspberry cottage.

I am still undecidedIt's a lovely pink, not too washed out :) I like the name: it looks like it has cream or white chocolate too, so maybe you could incorporate that?

sparklefairy
08-09-2015, 11:47 AM
I love the colour. It looks better than I imagined it :love: even hubby is warming to it :lol: he was horrified to see the pink paint tins :lol:

people on my Facebook think that I an absolutely bonkers. Someone even thought that it was a playhouse for my boys ( human ) and asked why it was pink ( Rowan actually loves pink ) :lol:

kaths101
08-09-2015, 01:16 PM
Haha people think I'm bonkers when they see mine too!
And hey boys can like pink too!

sparklefairy
08-09-2015, 01:29 PM
Most boys love pink until some idiot tells them it's a "Girl," colour :(

Lea-Anne
08-09-2015, 09:12 PM
I have house rabbits and outdoor rabbits. Both have good lives. Honestly that set up is fab - they will love it. :thumb:

hoppetylop
08-09-2015, 09:56 PM
Its a fab house and I love the colour.Your bunnies will be very happy.Im going through exactly the same thing,having bunnies moving outside having never had outdoor bunnies before.It feels very strange but I know they will be happy.

bunny mad lisa
09-09-2015, 02:07 PM
the new house is fabulous! can i ask where you got it please? The bunnies will love it i'm sure!

sparklefairy
09-09-2015, 02:12 PM
Thank you everyone

it was from duchy farm kennels :)

newbabybuns
09-09-2015, 02:15 PM
That is a fabulous house!! Raspberry cottage is quite a good name :thumb:

sparklefairy
09-09-2015, 02:16 PM
http://www.duchyfarmkennels.co.uk/product_desc.php?id=26

here's the link. I got it with a wipe clean raft base and insulation in the sleeping bit :)

biscandmatt1
09-09-2015, 04:52 PM
wow it's lovely :love: love the pink colour aswell :love:

yaretzi
10-09-2015, 12:03 AM
Nena and Tapla used to live indoors and it broke my heart to have them outside, and it still makes me sad. However, they love it! I too had no choice as I moved back in with my parents. My shed was from Duchy Farm Kennels too and it's still in pristine condition 4 and a bit years on. Their products are fantastic quality aren't they!

sparklefairy
10-09-2015, 12:55 PM
They do seem very solid and we'll. Made. Well worth the extra. Did you get a kennel? Or a shed?
I really hope that my buns like it

biscandmatt1
10-09-2015, 02:42 PM
i want one for our garden just to look at :oops:

Jack's-Jane
10-09-2015, 02:48 PM
It's brilliant Rainbow !! I love the colour xx