Rabbits can jump high
Fit and healthy through exercise
Against what must the freewheel offer protection during the day?
Dogs?There must be a dog-safe fence around the garden in which the outdoor area is located, because many outdoor areas are not dog-safe. If the fence is not an obstacle for dogs, it must be ensured that the free run itself is dog-safe and the dog cannot run around the enclosure (death in shock!).
Cats? Cats are usually not a threat to adult rabbits. Nevertheless, one should initially observe which cats live in the vicinity and how they react to the rabbits. Young rabbits need a net over the enclosure as a cat protection.
Birds of prey? The kite in particular and, under certain circumstances, the goshawk, can pose a threat to adult rabbits. If you have them in the immediate vicinity, a net should be attached. All other smaller birds of prey are harmless, and young animals must always be protected (net!).
Skip? Rabbits can jump quite well. Therefore there should be no free-wheeling under 75cm. With jumping rabbits even prefer 80-100cm height. In addition, no objects should be placed at the edge and adjacent shallow enclosures are often an escape route!
Digging through?Especially earthy places where the sward is not intact invite you to dig. In a dense meadow, on the other hand, digging is seldom and only with great effort. Then it is enough to regularly keep an eye on the ground and close digging approaches with a stone slab or move the enclosure. Secure the outlet downwards
Weather protection? Rabbits are extremely sensitive to heat! They basically need shade. But be careful: the sun is moving! In addition, a roof or a weatherproof shelter should be offered in bad weather.
Escape reflex: run against the grille
As an escape animal, rabbits can suddenly run headless against the bars. For example, if they are frightened or suspect danger. The grid is optically only a small barrier and is overlooked at this moment. This happens particularly often when a previously open gate is closed. As a result, depending on the bars, they can break their necks, suffer a concussion, or get their heads between the bars (which are actually too narrow). To prevent this from happening, bars should be selected based on head size. Smaller rabbits need very narrow bars, or a board or narrower bars are also attached in the lower area. In addition, many places of refuge should be offered to which they can escape in such situations.
Activity and variety in the free run
Rabbits are very curious, open-minded animals who need a lot of variety, activity and, above all, a lot of space in everyday life in order to stay mentally and physically fit. In the outdoor area, cheap plant stones (hardware store 3-4 €), roots, twigs, cork tubes, large houses, or even normal garden objects such as. Chairs and loungers provide variety. In addition, the food (especially if they cannot graze) should be scattered and also raised (e.g. on a string or attached to the device) so that the rabbits have to work for the food. Even in bad weather, ice, snow, frost and rain, exercise is very important. Even in large nocturnal enclosures, the rabbits are happy to have a change in meadow runs or secure outdoor exercise in the garden.
Hexagonal or octagonal enclosure
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