Hi, after careful thinking and research (or so we thought), we have agreed with our children that we will adopt a rabbit (or two - see below). Looking more closely at what kind of set up to go for, I've realised that the kind of hutch and run for sale at pets at home etc. is not going to be adequate. We have the space for something bigger but we had budgeted for about £200 to set everything up (not including the ongoing costs) and I'm not sure that we can get anything suitable for that amount. I'm going to talk to dh and see whether we can increase the budget to £300 but I'm not sure that even that would allow us to get something suitable. Could anyone answer a few questions for me please?
- are there any easily available set ups in our budget, that would be suitable to get us started?
- which is better - a permanent run with access from the hutch, or a moveable run to allow fresh grass each day? Am I right in saying you either need a mesh floor or, for a permanent run, to put the fence c. 30 cm into the ground?
- can bunny stay outside all winter? We can't bring him inside as a family member (not a resident but a regular visitor) is very allergic. We have a garage but it's quite gloomy and would need some work (not impossible) to make it bunny safe - I'm not sure how well insulated it would be though.
- do two rabbits need significantly more space than one? We have said that we'll adopt a (specific) male (long and potentially outing story!); it seems that females do better in pairs but I can't find an answer about males. We can cope with the ongoing costs for two if that is better for them, it's finding him a suitable friend and having the space that I'm concerned about.
Thank you for reading! I have already told the children that if we can't make a good home for him then it won't be happening, which they do understand.