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    Hi all,

    As you all may know my little rabbit Rolo suffered from Myxi, we kept him inside throughout his illness and as the weather has got better, we thought it would be better putting him back in his hutch, with the run attached via tunnel so he can run around a lot more, instead of waiting for us to come home from work to be let out.

    We have obviously sanitised the whole hutch, his run and his tunnel. But he seems to sit outside in the run, and we think he has sat outside all night, which is sad

    I put him back in his hutch this morning with his food, thinking he would be hungry and he just raced out down the tunnel and back into his run. We have put hay outside and a small bowl of food and water - hoping slugs and other bugs don't eat his food!

    Anyone got any advice on getting him to stay in his hutch for at least a few hours? Can't bear him sleeping outside every night! We do think he is a bit blind and deaf on surviving Myxi but I tried luring him into his hutch last night with a phone light (shining it on the tunnel) and tapping the tunnel so he could find his way over, but no he stayed plonked outside.

    Is he scared as when he was last in it he was ill? I don't know why he won't go in!

    Hope someone can help!

    Thanks ZoŽ and Rolo xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird234 View Post
    Hi all,

    As you all may know my little rabbit Rolo suffered from Myxi, we kept him inside throughout his illness and as the weather has got better, we thought it would be better putting him back in his hutch, with the run attached via tunnel so he can run around a lot more, instead of waiting for us to come home from work to be let out.

    We have obviously sanitised the whole hutch, his run and his tunnel. But he seems to sit outside in the run, and we think he has sat outside all night, which is sad

    I put him back in his hutch this morning with his food, thinking he would be hungry and he just raced out down the tunnel and back into his run. We have put hay outside and a small bowl of food and water - hoping slugs and other bugs don't eat his food!

    Anyone got any advice on getting him to stay in his hutch for at least a few hours? Can't bear him sleeping outside every night! We do think he is a bit blind and deaf on surviving Myxi but I tried luring him into his hutch last night with a phone light (shining it on the tunnel) and tapping the tunnel so he could find his way over, but no he stayed plonked outside.

    Is he scared as when he was last in it he was ill? I don't know why he won't go in!

    Hope someone can help!

    Thanks ZoŽ and Rolo xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird234 View Post
    Hi all,

    As you all may know my little rabbit Rolo suffered from Myxi, we kept him inside throughout his illness and as the weather has got better, we thought it would be better putting him back in his hutch, with the run attached via tunnel so he can run around a lot more, instead of waiting for us to come home from work to be let out.

    We have obviously sanitised the whole hutch, his run and his tunnel. But he seems to sit outside in the run, and we think he has sat outside all night, which is sad

    I put him back in his hutch this morning with his food, thinking he would be hungry and he just raced out down the tunnel and back into his run. We have put hay outside and a small bowl of food and water - hoping slugs and other bugs don't eat his food!

    Anyone got any advice on getting him to stay in his hutch for at least a few hours? Can't bear him sleeping outside every night! We do think he is a bit blind and deaf on surviving Myxi but I tried luring him into his hutch last night with a phone light (shining it on the tunnel) and tapping the tunnel so he could find his way over, but no he stayed plonked outside.

    Is he scared as when he was last in it he was ill? I don't know why he won't go in!

    Hope someone can help!

    Thanks ZoŽ and Rolo xx

    Hi Zoe


    It could be that he just prefers to be outside

    However, I don't know when you say he was waiting for you to come to let him out whether he was caged up during the day? It could be he is wary of being in the hutch in case he gets closed in? Or perhaps you meant letting him out into the garden?

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    My guess is he just likes being outside. As he has recovered from Myxi and the night temperature is quite reasonable at the moment, I don't think I'd be concerned. I have a rabbit who has survived Myxi and I don't treat him any differently to my other rabbits. When Rolo was previously outside, did he go in and out via the tunnel frequently, or did he prefer the run?

    You haven't said how long he has been outside again and it may well be that he will start to go in and out of the hutch again in time. Is the run covered? I wouldn't leave hay, food and water outside unless it is.

    Just re-read your post, could it be that the hutch still smells where you have cleaned it? Maybe put some of his droppings into a litter tray in the hutch.
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    Hi

    Thanks for all your responses. We only put him outside in the hutch yesterday. I cleaned and sanitised it last week, so it could fully dry out. We've only put food and water outside this morning incase he hadn't eaten or drank.

    He used to run happily up and down the tunnel to the hutch previously. Maybe he does just like the outside, we try and let him out for exercise for him to have a roam about and a run around. The hutch has his litter tray in the one he used in the house.
    The run is double mesh covered with a fixed sheet over the top of one end, for shade and dryness.

    As for friends and more rabbits, I don't think I would introduce more rabbits as I'm happy just with Rolo, but thanks for the suggestion
    As for a house rabbit I don't think my dad is very happy with him taking over the whole room as a house rabbit and we don't have a cage for the indoors (he's shedding at the moment and his fur is EVERYWHERE !!)

    Thanks again to all your responses

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    It sounds like he knows where the hutch is if he wants it and he just doesn't. I would make sure his run space has a shelter e.g. some sort of small wooden box that provides cover you could pick up a little second hand hutch or similar. That way you could also put the hay in to give it some protection.

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