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anon101
03-11-2006, 07:39 AM
Morning Folks!

I would like to put some of my rabbit’s outdoors in the spring. I’ve seen the hutch I would like to use: http://www.forshamcottagearks.com/MainSite/erol.html#1620x0&& and we have plans to make the back courtyard as fox proof as possible.

My biggest worry is theft/vandalism. Those with outdoor rabbits what have you done to safe guard your rabbits against this?

Louise

Willow_Warren
03-11-2006, 07:56 AM
Personally I just have strong bolts on the hutch and good strong hooks attaching the runs and lids etc.

I have seen a fox in our garden, however very infrequently.

As far as vandalism and theft goes I think that's much more difficult. A locked gate into the garden would help and perhaps some motion sensor security lighting for night time, I'm not too sure really? CCTV and a 24 hour security guard (ok that last bits not very helpful). It is difficult to make a garden 100% secure.

anon101
03-11-2006, 08:06 AM
24 hour security guard (ok that last bits not very helpful). I.

I can just imagine the look on my husbands face if I said he had to camp out in the yard at night to guard the rabbits! :lol:

Louise

kayjay
03-11-2006, 08:31 AM
That is an amazing hutch :D

RUSSIANBEAR
03-11-2006, 08:54 AM
We've put 2 padlocks on our Shed Door, Our Back gate has been padlocked as well. The run roof is removable, so this is chained down to the run frame in 3 places. We have 2 of them permanently there, and only attached the 3rd when we go out.

Jeremy
03-11-2006, 09:37 AM
Shed is padlocked at night. Back gate is padlocked. Security light and CCTV around the shed area.

Not a lot else can you do? :?

Morrigan1981
03-11-2006, 09:40 AM
I fitted a hasp and staple to each of the doors to Jacob's hutch, and close each of these with a padlock. There is a security light in the garden and the gate to the garden is padlocked too.

My OH thought it was OTT having padlocks on the hutch, but one of the first notices I read on RR was a 'lost' message from a woman in Hillsborough (not far from me) who had had both of her rabbits stolen from their hutch :cry:

PS. Just looked at the link - that hutch is fantastic! :love:

Sue&Sooty
03-11-2006, 10:07 AM
:shock: :shock: That hutch looks almost as big as my house!!

raine
03-11-2006, 11:16 AM
I noticed when I popped into Greenfields a while back, that besides her spacious sheds, she has had some enormous hutches made, with several layers (can't remember exactly). Might be worth looking on the Greenfields site and see which manufacturer she used. Sorry can't do links.

Steph
03-11-2006, 01:46 PM
My back gate is padlocked and a mortice lock. I also have two security lights and a rather large German Shepherd !

beckiboo186
03-11-2006, 02:27 PM
You can't get into our garden as there are just fields at the back and are fenced in with prison-type fencing :shock:, I am going to get some padlocks at some point, but tbh It takes me aages in the morning to get into the hutch anyway, and if someone else tried we/Venny would here before they got to the buns :) X

krista
03-11-2006, 03:17 PM
My shed is padlocked and my hutch which is two joined together has a padlock on each door, I just have to make sure I remember where i've put the keys, I had to unscrew them all one morning when I mislaid the keys and I wasn't very amused with myself !!!!!

we also have a very protective border collie who has seen off a few foxes in her time !!!