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    Do most people have a hutch / enclosed area inside their bunny shed? I'm wondering if I should buy something they can use as a sleeping area and if so whether it's safe to buy second hand or if I should buy a new hutch. I already have a hide from small paws but it's just one of the smaller ones. What does everyone else have?

    There are no bunnies in the shed just now, I can see me tweaking the set up quite a lot once it's in use so I don't want to spend a lot on a hutch if I might end up not using it!

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    Hi, we are going to start converting our shed soon for our buns. We are planning on putting their current small hutch inside (they have a run for during the day) as a cosy sleeping area.

    If I didn't have one already I'd probably buy one of those small ones for about 40 x

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    I've seen one on gumtree which looks nice (most look disgusting!) so if I can get my brother to pick it up for me I'll take that one - it's already painted white so it will fit in nicely in the shed as I've painted the inside of it white (checking first what paint she used)

    Alternatively there's a guy who advertises on gumtree locally who makes rabbit hutches (horrid tiny ones as well as some which look a good size but not very pretty!) and also dog / cat kennels which might be better as it would be bigger than the sleeping area of a hutch I think.

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    I'd probably think carefully buying one second hand because of the RHDv2 virus. Basically we've just bought a second hand coop/run and when I mentioned it on here the general consensus was that it was risky.

    We did decide to go ahead, but only because it was too good to pass up and also the lady was a rabbit rescuer and my dh could see them running around. We also took extra precautions when it got here by spraying the whole thing with Virkon disinfectant, literally every inch of it.

    Yeah I've seen some really tiny ones and you almost don't want to give them your money because it's funding them making these horrible tiny prisons. On the other hand you know you only want it for this one purpose, not a full time home x

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    Yes rvhd2 is my concern, the shed is for foster rabbits and the rescue is still in the process of arranging vacs for all their rabbits so none are vaccinated as yet. There are no reported cases near me, and I would steam clean and disinfect well before use.

    I feel if I decide to go for the dog kennel I'll be giving the guy some advice on his rabbit 'hutches'

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    Back to the drawing board, the hutch has been sold and I've decided against the guy that makes them (didn't like his reply to my email!)

    No rush though so I'll keep my options opened.

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    You don't need a hutch inside the shed, the rabbits won't mind, so it's your preference really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casco View Post
    Back to the drawing board, the hutch has been sold and I've decided against the guy that makes them (didn't like his reply to my email!)

    No rush though so I'll keep my options opened.
    Like tonibun says, it is personal preference whether you have one at all. Sounds like the guy doesn't deserve your business x

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    I have a hutch but mine sleep on top of it and never in it.

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    They don't need one but they like a nice bolthole to help them feel secure. I'm personally a fan of the fleece 'kennels'. My bunnies love them and you can throw them in the machine when they need a wash. Another thing they like that is very cheap and easy is a giant plastic tub turned upside down with a door cut out (just be sure to sand down so there are no sharp edges).

    You know your own bunnies though and I'm sure you'll find the right solution

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