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 ====== Rabbit Housing ====== ====== Rabbit Housing ======
  
-{{:​mhf-photos:​2010-10-11_13-06-00_wm.jpg?​nolink&​350 |}}My rabbits aren't house pets, but they are well looked after and have good housing.+{{ :​mhf-photos:​2010-10-11_13-06-00_wm.jpg?​nolink&​350|}}My rabbits aren't house pets, but they are well looked after and have good housing.
 They all have things to chew, toys to play with, and places to sit off the wire. Most also have litter pans that get changed regularly (some refuse to use them). Most have places to hide - I occasionally get a bunny that insists on using every house I try to give them as a bathroom. With these, I usually remove all hidey-holes for a while. I always try them again after a while to see if they'​ve changed their minds. They all have things to chew, toys to play with, and places to sit off the wire. Most also have litter pans that get changed regularly (some refuse to use them). Most have places to hide - I occasionally get a bunny that insists on using every house I try to give them as a bathroom. With these, I usually remove all hidey-holes for a while. I always try them again after a while to see if they'​ve changed their minds.
  
 They all have 2 food dishes - one for their regular pellets, and another for treats (usually mixed grains). In the summer they get fresh cut grass (our grass has lots of yummy dandelions, clovers, and other '​weeds'​),​ and in the winter they get alfalfa hay cubes as well as baled hay. They all have 2 food dishes - one for their regular pellets, and another for treats (usually mixed grains). In the summer they get fresh cut grass (our grass has lots of yummy dandelions, clovers, and other '​weeds'​),​ and in the winter they get alfalfa hay cubes as well as baled hay.
  
-In the winter, they live in cages in a largely unheated garage. Rabbits actually prefer cooler temperatures. ​12C 53F is about ideal for a rabbit. I have several small heaters and they provide enough heat to keep their water from freezing in all but the very coldest of days. On the very coldest of days, I have a double set of water bottles and I switch frozen ones for thawed ones twice a day.+In the winter, they live in cages in a largely unheated garage. Rabbits actually prefer cooler temperatures. ​12°C 53°F is about ideal for a rabbit. I have several small heaters and they provide enough heat to keep their water from freezing in all but the very coldest of days. On the very coldest of days, I have a double set of water bottles and I switch frozen ones for thawed ones twice a day.
  
-I have built barriers all around inside the rabbitry so that I can let a rabbit run around freely and safely when I am doing chores. I also have several "​playpens"​ and they get time in the playpens so they can run, dig, and jump.+{{:​care:​2017-09-03-18-00-55_wm.jpg?​300 |}}I have built barriers all around inside the rabbitry so that I can let a rabbit run around freely and safely when I am doing chores. I also have several "​playpens"​ and they get time in the playpens so they can run, dig, and jump.
  
-{{ :​mhf-photos:​2009-07-06_12-21-44_001-img_0090-200x180.jpg?​nolink&​350|}}In the summer, I have outdoor hutches complete with awnings to provide shade and a misting system I can run when it gets too hot. That said, the last few summers have been SO hot that I have kept the rabbits indoors year-round. They have a little less space, but they are MUCH cooler. On the hottest days, when it's above 30 outside, it is at LEAST 10°C cooler inside. When I check on them, they are all hanging out comfortably. It's more work for me, but they are happier, and that's important!+{{ :​mhf-photos:​2009-07-06_12-21-44_001-img_0090-200x180.jpg?​nolink&​300|}}In the summer, I have outdoor hutches complete with awnings to provide shade and a misting system I can run when it gets too hot. That said, the last few summers have been SO hot that I have kept the rabbits indoors year-round. They have a little less space, but they are MUCH cooler. On the hottest days, when it's above 30 outside, it is at LEAST 10°C cooler inside. When I check on them, they are all hanging out comfortably. It's more work for me, but they are happier, and that's important!
  
 The requirements for rabbit housing sizes as recommended by [[http://​www.arba.net|The American Rabbit Breeders Association]] can be found here: [[https://​www.arba.net/​PDFs/​CAW.pdf|ARBA Recommendations for the Care of Rabbits and Cavies]]. I raise Rex, who have mature weights of 7-10 lb. (although some of mine grow to over 11 lb.). According to ARBA, their housing should be as follows: The requirements for rabbit housing sizes as recommended by [[http://​www.arba.net|The American Rabbit Breeders Association]] can be found here: [[https://​www.arba.net/​PDFs/​CAW.pdf|ARBA Recommendations for the Care of Rabbits and Cavies]]. I raise Rex, who have mature weights of 7-10 lb. (although some of mine grow to over 11 lb.). According to ARBA, their housing should be as follows:
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