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Last Post by Megan J at 11/03/2012 8:07 AM (11 Replies)
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User is Offline Megan J
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10/28/2012 10:14 AM

I am making this because i have two bunnies named jube jube and king, they are outdoor bunnies. I know lots of you are against it but read on...

I have had them for 2 years now and this is how i hous them!! do you think its okay??

First they are usually in their shed, it is a little shed that hhas windows and is full with straw it is very safe and they LOVE it, this is there main home.

We are in the prosec of making a gaint outdoor house, it will be 18ft by 18ft i think we will have a little hutch in there that is off the ground!! The wire is very tough!

And i live in cold canada and it gets -40 here and rabbits cant stay out at -5 soooo...i also have a playpen and cage that they live in my room for the winter. They dont mind living in my room, they always get treats but i can tell they miss there shed 

I would love them to be indoor house bunnies but they are 2 years old and grew up outside, they love there shed and my parents bought me all the sheds and hutches and such outside so i would hate to tell them im not going to use them.

I just dont know what to think, my bunnies do love me but they arent like house bunnies. I always feel jelous when i see blogs and such saying that there bunny woke them up in the moring or that there bunny snuggled up and watched t.v with them  i like them outside but i want them to be inside too 

please help me


User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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10/28/2012 10:31 AM
Rabbits can become indoor rabbits at any age. As you said, you do bring them inside for the winter (thankfully, b/c that's way too cold to be outside!) so come spring, all you'd need to do is just NOT take them back out. I do think tho, that since you have such a well-thought out set-up for them, you may consider doing a sort of "hybrid" living. Maybe let them go outside for spring, summer, and fall days, and bring them in at night. You could spend time with them in the evening inside the house! A lot of people also don't realize that extreme heat is just as dangerous (if not MORE dangerous) than cold temps. Rabbits shouldn't be in direct sunlight without a way to get shade, and they should not be outside if it's hotter than about 80 degrees F.
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User is Offline Megan J
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10/28/2012 10:42 AM
Oh thats a great idea thank you soo much ( gee i hope im doing this right im new)
and i always make sure they have cage and i forgot to mention that i bring them in when its 40 above, canada has horrible weather.
So i could maybe leave them outside in there shed and run through summer spring and fall and maybe bring them in the house on the weekend and other days, they can also be in all winter thank you for the answer

Does anyone know if these change sin location an hurt a rabbit?? of course i would get them used to the climet change but dont you think they would get used to it gradually??

User is Offline Megan J
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10/28/2012 3:28 PM
does anyone else know???

User is Offline lindsay715
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10/28/2012 3:38 PM
As long as they are in a healthy temperature range I think it will not be a problem taking them inside. A lot of bunnies don't snuggle and watch TV with their owners! Those who have rabbits like that are super lucky, but many rabbits are pretty flighty little creatures and prefer to do their own thing. It takes time for bunnies to want to spend time with people. Don't feel badly if they aren't very cuddly - this doesn't mean they don't enjoy living inside. It can be much less stressful for them to live in a house.

User is Offline Megan J
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10/28/2012 3:52 PM
lindsay715 thank you, i put them outide in there normal shed for a couple hours even though its cold and they are so much more happy so im going to leave them utside in the spring but bring them in to visit

User is Offline lindsay715
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10/28/2012 4:52 PM
Okay. There are many links on this website that may help you learn more about rabbits and where they like to live. Just make sure they are not outside when it is too cold for them or too hot for them. If you and your family decide that you would like them to stay inside, that is certainly an option, so don't forget that!

User is Offline pippakins
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10/29/2012 5:20 AM
My first bun Ben was born outside, though I got him when he was a few months old from a friend of my dad's whose bun had a litter that needed homes. I know youth isn't an excuse for ignorance for taking proper care of your pet, but internet wasn't rampant and the books weren't for house rabbits only so I wasn't as informed of bun care as I would have liked to be. So for a while he lived outside in a hutch and it wasn't until we moved (I can't remember how long that was) that he was moved inside because he really wasn't getting much attention But he never had a problem adapting to the move indoors. When we moved he had a room to his own, well my room but I was only there a few days of the week because of joint custody. And when we moved again he had a cage/Xpen set up that he lived in for the rest of his days. Personally I think he was much happier and better cared for being inside, but it sounds like you really care about your buns and their well being

User is Offline Megan J
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10/29/2012 1:27 PM
thank you guys, yes pippakins i do love thevery very much <3, my parents probely wuldnt mind if they were bunnies its just they bought me hutch for $300 and a shed that was also around $300 and they somehow found me this awsome run for free and they are building and paying somebody to weld this giant rabbits run and in all that will cost around $ 200 so i would hate to tel them that im not going to use any of that stuff and that im going to keep them in my room

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/29/2012 1:43 PM
You obviously care a lot about your bunnies -- and even being indoor rabbits, you can still use much of those things your parents got for you! A lot of BB'ers let their buns outside (I don't know much about it because I have no way to take them out even if I wanted too) during the day to run and play and bring them in at night. Your parents sound like understanding people so maybe you could explain to them that you want to get closer to the bunnies by having them spend more time with you inside but that you'll still be using everything they bought plenty!

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User is Offline Sam&amp;Rex
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10/29/2012 1:49 PM

Hello! Thought I would reply since this is something I have a lot of experience with!  My bun Rex was born an outdoor bunny and I moved him indoors at about 9 months old as an indoor bun.  When I'm home (I'm in college most of the time) Rex has sort of a hybrid lifestyle. He has a remodeled chicken coop (has indoor and outdoor sections and is totally secure) that I set up for him to safely stay outside. He stays inside when I'm home, at night, or during horrible weather. But when it's nice out he usually likes to be in his chicken coop.  It would probably be okay to try something slimier with your buns  The hybrid lifestyle can be like having the best of both worlds, a loving family and tons of room to run! 


User is Offline Megan J
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11/03/2012 8:07 AM
Thank you tanlover14 and sam&rex I am thinking of doing the best of both worlds thing.
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