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How to design a Rabbit Enclosure

5.12.2019

Make rabbits feel at home

Whether you’re keeping them indoors or outdoors, rabbits must be provided with a species-appropriate enclosure. In it, all necessary objects such as bowls and huts should be present, because it protects the animals from weather conditions, other animals that may pose a threat and also offers each quantity alternation. According to the motto "a paradise for the fur nose", the rabbit owner is able to let off steam by letting their imagination run wild while building up an enclosure. Here are a few tips and suggestions for those who initially lack a the knowledge as well as beautiful ideas.

Important for indoor and outdoor keeping

  • The more space the better: at least 10m2 for two of the animals that enjoy movement
  • Bowls: Drinking and feeding bowls
  • Hay rack
  • Toilet places: Smaller bowls or a box with bedding
  • Hiding places: cottages, caves, cartons, tunnels
  • Enrichment possibilities (also in combination with food): food in kitchen rolls
  • Snack options: branches of untreated trees
  • Opportunities to dig: depending on the soil supply (especially for indoor storage), set up a digging crate with sand and soil
  • Second level/climbing possibilities
    • Rabbits like to jump
    • Suspension bridges
    • Benches
    • Second levels
    • Ramp from the exit area to the raised cottage

Outdoor enclosure

The most species-appropriate keeping of a rabbit is in an outdoor enclosure. Rabbit owners who have a garden should create a rabbit paradise there. What is to be paid attention to?

  • Insulate enclosures well: Sufficient protection against the weather (sun, rain, wind, snow, draughts)
  • Let the fence of the enclosure at least 50cm into the ground: Rabbits love to dig tunnels
  • Fence at least 150cm high: Rabbits are excellent jumpers
  • Lockable doors: So that the enclosure is easily accessible for the owner (e.g. for cleaning purposes)
  • Close-meshed grid: To prevent the rabbits from breaking out
  • Burglar-proof design: So that the animals are protected from predators, thieves, cruelty to animals
  • Fly screen: This protects rabbits from insects and disease vectors

Indoor enclosure

A large indoor enclosure can be alternative to outdoor keeping, especially if it is designed with lots of variations. What do I need to keep in mind when keeping the enclosure indoors?

Avoid dangers

  • Secure cables and electrical sockets
  • Poisonous houseplants out of rabbit range
  • Non-toxic toys
  • Secure accessible shelves