Outdoor Rabbit Cages
Outdoor rabbit cages need to protect your rabbit from the weather. Make sure the cage offers enough space for your rabbit to stretch out and relax. As a general rule, adult rabbits should be housed by themselves unless you have a bonded pair.
Bonded pairs are usually neutered and have carefully been watched while they get to know each other. Not every pair will bond. Rabbits that are unaltered tend to fight and get territorial no matter if they are male or female. Occasionally litter-mates will remain cordial to each other, but even they may become aggressive.
If you live somewhere with very cold winters with a lot of snow and ice, you may want to set up your outdoor rabbit cages in a shed or barn for extra protection. If you don't have that available, you can put a small wooden box inside the cage that will help the rabbit to conserve body heat.
Another option for small breeds is to use very large PVC piping with an end cap on one side to create a warm place to sit. You can also choose to fill the hutch with straw or hay. The rabbit will burrow into it, creating a nice cozy nest.
If you live in an area where summers get hot, your rabbit will need adequate air flow. Some people do this by setting up fans that keep the air moving. Others cool off their outdoor rabbits by supplying frozen soda bottles (at least 2 liters in size) as needed to keep bunny cool.
If you have a misting system, this can help to cool the air around the rabbits. Another method if your rabbits are in a shed is to run a sprinkler on the roof of the building.
Heat is more dangerous to rabbits than cold, so you need to keep an eye on your rabbits during hot summer weather. Wire walls are helpful in summer weather because it allows even the smallest breeze to come through.
Outdoor rabbit cages need to be kept clean just as indoor cages do. Make it a routine to keep your cage as clean as possible. This will keep your rabbit healthy and happy. It is a lot less work to do this weekly than it is if you let droppings pile up.
Empty trays at least twice a week to keep down the ammonia smell for your rabbit. Another problem that may occur if you don't change them often enough is they get very heavy very fast. Droppings weigh a lot. Changing the tray frequently also lets you see your rabbit's droppings. You can tell a lot about the health of your rabbit by observing the appearance of their droppings.
Outdoor rabbit cages need to have a strong latch as well. Neighborhood dogs can come and harass your rabbit or even knock a cage down at times. Raccoons are clever at opening easy latches. Other people can also be a menace at times. Keeping your rabbit in a safe place with a strong latch is very important in keeping your rabbit secure.
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