Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: London, Ontario
Indoor rabbits to outdoor rabbits?
First, I want to make sure everyone knows I'd rather keep my bunnies indoors. But alas, there are reasons which might mean I'll be forced to turn them into outdoor bunnies.
My parents hate animals. (I don't know why, don't ask me!) My mom dislikes the smell of small animals, and she has been pushing me to find another home for my beloved bunnies in 6 weeks when I move from London back to Toronto. (I just got them! I'm not giving them up!) So, my plan is to get a job in the city asap and find my own place to move out and take my buns with me. I just don't know how long that will take.
So after a lot of arguing, my solution right now is to convince my parents that I can successfully turn my buns into outdoor rabbits and have them live in the backyard. I'd like to build an outdoor hutch with a connected run for them to use. I'm not entirely sure what to do about it in the winter, since it can drop to -30C in Toronto on some days/nights, but since there are several months of summer coming, I'm not going to worry about it yet.
How difficult would it be to build a hutch/run from scratch myself instead of buying one? How expensive compared to buying one? It doesn't get very hot in Toronto, but is max 30C okay for bunnies? (only occasionally gets that hot) My backyard is large, fenced in, and in the middle of the suburbs, so there is very little chance of there being nighttime predators other than an occasional raccoon. And best place to put the hutch? I was thinking along the back edge so it's opposite the house and I can see it from any of the back windows, but we have a cedar hedge. Would that be harmful in any way because of the smell of the trees?
I'm still searching the net for more hutch info.