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    This thread covers indoor housing.

    Please note that whatever type of housing you choose rabbits need space! And lots of it!

    The RWAF suggests that rabbits have an overall area of 10 ft x 6 ft with a run height of 3ft, or in metric, 3m x 2m and a run height of 1m. This gives an ideal minimum area of 60 square foot. Bigger is better!!

    Table of contents:

    Part 1 - Links
    Part 2a - Dog crates with attached pens
    Part 2b - Examples of dog crates with attached pens
    Part 3a - Pens
    Part 3b - Examples of pens
    Part 4a - NIC panel cages
    Part 4b - Examples of NIC panel cages
    Part 5a - Bunnyproofing
    Part 5b - Examples of bunnyproofing (1) (2) (3)
    Part 6a - Hutches
    Part 6b - Examples of hutches
    Part 7 - Indoor and Outdoor

    If anyone has links or pictures to add or would like their pictures removed please PM me directly and I'll get it sorted
    Last edited by Elena; 02-09-2017 at 01:33 PM.

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    Dog crates:

    What are they?

    Dog crates are large cages designed for dogs.


    (Image from www.totrainmydog.com)


    What are the advantages?

    Dog crates are very useful for rabbits. They are sturdy and roomier than a 'rabbit cage'. Pens can be attached to a dog crate quite easily with cable ties. Dog crates also make a good base for bedding, litter trays, food bowls, etc within a bunny proofed room. With a bit of DIY a shelf can be quite easily attached to a dog crate.

    What are the disadvantages?

    Most dog crates are not much bigger than four foot or so which alone is too small for a rabbit so they MUST be used along with a pen or as a base for a free-ranging rabbit. They are also quite heavy and not easily moved although they do fold down quite easily.

    OK, so I want to go for a dog crate, what do I do now?

    Firstly take a look at the pen and bunnyproofing parts of this as a dog crate is too small to be used alone.

    Dog crates can be purchased in most pet retailers. They also can be found on Ebay relatively cheaply.

    This is a walkthrough of a base and shelf being put into a dog crate:

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    Phase 1 - Plastic base removed. Base of wood, lino and wood edging.



    Phase 2 - Second shelf. Batons across as 'joists' - screws at the ends at the bottom to stop them slipping. Second shelf exactly the same as base just with a hole cut out for the ladder. No lino at this point, we didn't think it would be needed but it was so we added that later.



    Phase 3 - Ladder added. Connected with a hinge so it can be raised for cleaning. Batons across for grip. Large square baton at the bottom to raise it a bit to make the angle not so steep.



    Finished - We decided to move the ramp to the outside to give more space inside the crate.

    Last edited by Elena; 02-07-2017 at 04:50 PM.

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    Pens:

    What are they?

    These are barriers that can be put up to block off or create an area that a rabbit can't easily escape from.


    (Image from http://thespiritdog.wordpress.com)

    (Image from http://tacklepets.co.uk)

    What are the advantages?

    They can be easily taken down and moved. Some have separate panels which means they are very flexible in use. They also can be used for bunny proofing if necessary at a later date.

    What are the disadvantages?

    They need to be high enough that the rabbit can't jump out so 3ft+ depending on your rabbit. Sometimes a cover or sheet needs to be pegged on too as some rabbits can climb the bars. Some pens are already connected which may make it more difficult to fit them to the area you have. A few of the ones with separate panels don't make good straight lines as they are designed to have a bit of an angle at the joints although they can be connected with cable ties instead but this does mean they can easily fall over if a long line is made. Also with pens you can't create levels or shelves although boxes and stools can be used instead but be aware this will make it easier for bunny to hop over!

    OK, so I want to go for a pen, what do I do now?

    Make sure the pen you going to buy will fit with what you want. Search for puppy pens as well as rabbit runs as these may fit with what you need better. With pens it's a good idea to use something as a base in case of any accidents. An offcut of textured lino, the kind used in kitchens and bathrooms, work quite well. Some people use plastic floor mats but these can be more expensive.
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    NIC panel cages:

    What are they?

    These are cages made with NIC (Neat Idea Cubes) panels. These are also called C&C cubes or mesh storage cubes. These panels connect together with connectors and are made with either mesh or a grid. These are designed to make a divided up storage area but are very flexible and also easy to build with. They are often used for custom guinea pig cages but with can also be used as a nice base area for rabbits.


    (Image from http://www.jtote.com)

    What are the advantages?

    NIC cages are very flexible. They can be built up with levels and hideyholes and they can also be taken down and reused in a different manner. Tops can be added and with a bit of ingenuity so can doors. They also work very well for bunny proofing if needed at a later date.

    What are the disadvantages?

    There are not as sturdy as dog crates and pens.

    OK, so I want to go for a NIC cage, what do I do now?

    Find some panels!! This can be a lot easier said than done. They are out there but take a bit of searching. Sometimes B&Q have them. Sometimes they can also be found on Ebay or Amazon. Normally they come under the name 'mesh storage panels' or 'C&C cages'. As with pens it's a good idea to add something as a base. Non slip lino is a good option.

    Some places that may stock panels:

    Ebay seller
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    Bunny-Proofing:

    What is it?

    Free ranging is when you allow a rabbit the run of the house or part of the house. To allow this you need to bunny proof for two reasons. 1. To protect bunny - if a rabbit chews through a live wire it could kill them. 2. To protect your house and possessions. Many of use have long lists of the things our rabbits have chewed!!

    What are the advantages?

    When you create a caged area that space becomes the rabbits. When you bunny proof the space remains yours but also the rabbits too. You also get to spend a lot of time with your rabbits and the bond between rabbit and human grows. It can also be cheaper. Also it creates a lovely big space for a rabbit.

    What are the disadvantages?

    Destruction! Some rabbits are by nature destructive. Some things can help, providing a lot of space through free-ranging helps for a start. Ensure bunny is neutered or spayed and that they have natural things to chew on. There can also sometimes be some mess. Hay has a habit of ending up in unusual places! Even litter trained rabbits do tend to take poos with them when they jump out of litter trays.

    OK, I want to bunnyproof, what do I do now?

    Choose which room or rooms you want to allow bunny access to. Take a good, long hard look at the area you want to proof from a rabbit perspective. Are there wires? If so cover these or move them behind furniture. Is there wooden furniture at bunny level? You might want to protect that. Are there small gaps behind furniture? You might want to block those off, when out of view you can't see if they are being or have been destructive. They can get through surprisingly small gaps. I've seen Nutmeg squeeze through a two inch gap!

    Baby gates, mesh storage cubes (as known as NIC or C&C), pen panels, hardboard, cable ties and plastic tubing are all things that help. Also be aware that the proofing may need tweaking in the future.
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