Rated 3 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5
by DeltaLady1946 This is a beautiful hutch, however....
...anyone thinking about getting a rabbit, dwarf or larger, needs to know this!
I bought my daughter an albino, dwarf bunny when she was little for $5.00. By the time SIX YRS had passed, it cost me around $1,000 in expenses.
She was never injured from the time she was a little baby bunny until she died peacefully in our home one summer - age 6.
But...because we lived in a sub/div - no fenced-in yard, or anywhere to let her run around, she was trained to walk on our property using a small harness & leash. She loved it!
As an animal lover, I had her dad build a huge hutch which we put on our side deck (in shade) and she was able to go into the "inside" area and sleep or stay in the outside area to enjoy the space and feed. She had a really luxurious place to live!
After a year of that, we cleared out an area in the tiny grove of trees behind our house, installed a chicken wire fence around it, and purchased a long, strong, metal DOG KENNEL - turned it on it's side, put comfortable "hardware cloth" on the bottom so she would not hurt her paws and then we made her a 2-story house and a ramp to get in and out of it!
These things were not cheap but we felt she deserved to live that way and we adored her!
If it got too hot or cold outside, she was hand carried indoors to her "indoor" rabbit hutch. That wasn't as big but it was really nice and she was allowed freedom on the kitchen floor to play with our child every day.
We didn't mind spending money and building all these hutches for her but we were also buying her blocks of alphafa and rabbit food to eat, lots of small pieces of wood for her to chew so her teeth wouldn't grow thru the roof of her mouth #mandatory#, and we also had to buy her a lot of cedar shavings. Still can't get the smell out of my head...lol!
Despite all these additional expenses, the one thing people MUST KNOW before it's too late is that.. rabbits are HIGH MAINTENANCE!
If you do not have at least 2 to 3 FOOT clearing under their feet #as we did# you will not believe how high their waste will be...or how high!
Every 3 or 4 days you have to completely clear out all the cedar shavings from under their hutch which is saturated with rabbit urine and rabbit droppings and replace it, or you will have a terrible stench and the whole situation could become very bad not to mention unhealthy!
I only worked 4 days a week, so I stayed on top of it, but after doing this for six long years, I truly regretted that we ever bought this precious, adorable, cuddly, cute bunny!
I used to say "If Pinky is still alive when you go off to college, we will be having rabbit stew that night!" Of course I was kidding....but six yrs???
Anyway...they are adorable but you must also keep in mind that any rabbit...regardless of size or type, can bite you so hard - it will reach the bone.
So, if you think rabbits are good pets because they are low maintenance...think again!
If you chose to ignore my advice...now you can't say you weren't warned!
After 6 yrs, however, Pinky started to die from old age, and since she couldn't drink water at that point, I would syphon a little into a straw, gently slip it into the side of her mouth and release it.
She drank from the straw like this 30+ times each day but couldn't stand up or eat. It broke my heart and I cried like a baby...but she did pass away in her sleep one night and we had a very moving funeral and burial for her on our land.
Having pets is great, but there's always a sad life lesson for your kids in the end. Just be sure they can handle that...dying is a part of life.
So now you know what you are signing up for! Good luck but I'd suggest a pet that doesn't have such a short life span AND one that is not so high maintenance!
Note: This is NOT a photo of Pinky. My daughter has them. Pinky died in 1990. This is from the internet under Ruby eyed, white, dwarf rabbit.
August 19, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by September13 Too Small
This hutch is far too small to house a rabbit - contrary to popular belief, rabbits need at least 6' of room to live in, and access to even more space daily for exercise. Inability to exercise due to lack of space can lead to obesity, which can lead to further health problems. This hutch would be a terrible buy, as would anything else as small as this.
April 3, 2013