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Welcome to our page! We do our best to provide to-be and current bunny owners up-to-date info on the best care for their house rabbits. When we adopted our first bunny in 2005, there was almost nothing on the internet to tell us how to care for him. Just in the past few years, information has exploded online, and now it can be confusing! We try to simplify it by posting weekly articles on current issues, daily care, concerns, proper feeding, and other info so you can enjoy your house-bun! If you are just finding us, feel free to look through the older posts also. Please email us if you have any questions! Happy bunnies make happy hearts!
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Outdoor Hutch vs Housebuns - Why Indoor is Better For The Bunny

Most rabbit rescues or serious bun-lovers know how loving, intelligent and yet how fragile companion rabbits can be. A long time ago, when rabbits were only considered as food sources, they were kept in outdoor hutches until that fateful day came. Later, some people started making pets from the animals and it was just thought that they would live the same way as their not-so-fortunate relatives.

Thankfully, many companion rabbits have moved indoors where they live much longer and much healthier and happier lives. We now know the importance of spaying and neutering which also makes them much better suited to indoor living and removes many undesirable behaviors. For a creature as intelligent and social as the domesticated rabbit, living outdoors in a hutch is a lonely existence. Those rabbits rarely get to run around and use those powerful back-leg muscles or binky (happy dance) and will often just waste away their lives sitting in a boring hutch. They face extreme temperature fluctuations, urine scaldfly strike and other parasites, boredom and lack of attention. Winter climates can be very difficult for outdoor rabbits. Many rabbits die from renal failure or dehydration/hypothermia due to lack of fresh water. Water freezes within minutes and a rabbit can not get adequate water consumption from snow or ice.
Lack of attention often leads to a rabbits’ demise. Often there are subtle symptoms which indicate health trouble, but because the outdoor hutch rabbit may only be seen briefly every 24 hours, the symptoms go unnoticed and the rabbit declines. Being a prey species, it is natural behavior for a rabbit to hide his/her
 illness so they do not draw a predator’s attention. 

People who share their home with rabbits, know what is normal or abnormal behavior with their rabbit and will act promptly to seek proper treatment. Because companion house rabbits become actual members of the home, these caretakers will not think twice about seeking veterinary attention or any costs incurred to help their long eared family member. So unless you are a commercial rabbitry, we highly encourage you to house your rabbit indoors. Most cat and dog rescues/shelters want indoor homes for their adoptable pets as well. Being that cat and dogs are predator species, it only makes sense to keep prey species bunny, safe inside.

Predators are a huge risk to outdoor rabbits. Whether it is a raccoon, hawk, coyote or the neighbors dog, many outdoor rabbits are victims of awful attacks. Rabbits can die from the perceived threat of a predator, they can go into shock and they can die of fright. Some rabbits may go ballistic inside their hutch trying to get away and fatally harm themselves.
If you want a companion rabbit but are considering an outdoor hutch, please reconsider having a rabbit.

Here are some links to help you with building a proper indoor home for Bunny:

NIC and X-Pen Cages

How to Build a Rabbit Condo:

Shopping List For Bunny:

Fly Strike:

Heat Exhaustion:

Urine Scald:

Bunnies in the Winter Cold:

Domestic bunnies released into wild & yards: