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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Is this cage big enough for TWO rabbits?
Last Post by lifeasweknowit at 11/19/2012 2:12 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline lifeasweknowit
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11/14/2012 5:48 AM

I have 2 rabbits, one is 8 weeks old and the other is a year and a half. The older one is a male and he IS neutered and litter box trained, and the younger one is female (will be spayed at 6-7months) and her litter training habits are okay. She does have accidents sometimes but for the most part is pretty good. 

The younger one lives in an XL dog crate, but since she is so small i divided the cage in half with a divider, which I will take out when she's older. The older male rabbit lives in an xpen but its bigger than usual so the measurements are:

6'10" by 28" with a 40" by 27 and 1/2" second shelf attached to it. Is that big enough for 2 holland lops? PS. If you saw my other post asking if my rabbit was a holland lop or mix, I think she is a purebred, clearly not show quality but I asked the breeder and she said she does not breed mixes, and showed me a picture of the mom and dad. Types can vary widely in purebreds - especially if they are not show quality. Anyway, I adopted my male rabbit so I don't know if he is a holland lop, but i highly doubt it. But he is around 4lbs, and hopefully my baby bunny will also be around 4lbs - average size of a holland lop.

Is that xpen big enough for TWO rabbits? I mean personally, eh I'm not sure. The xpen is 42" tall by the way, I don't really think I can make the cage any bigger? But I do plan on taking them out of their cage everyday for a few hours AT LEAST, I always take my rabbits out (at separate times obviously) it is a bit hard since they need to be separate at all times, but it is possible. 


User is Offline tanlover14
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11/14/2012 6:48 AM
First of all, I think you should take the divider out and just give the bun free-roam of the dog crate. No matter how small the bun is, the bigger the space the better! Sometimes it's actually the smallest buns that need the most space. My buns are all about 4 lbs. and I swear need more space and time out than a Flemmie because they are such active little creatures!

I think the cage is definitely big enough with for both buns when the bonding time comes. They definitely need time out to play though for sure, a few hours at least.
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User is Offline lifeasweknowit
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11/14/2012 8:09 AM
I agree with you on that, but her litter box habits are kind of rocky, actually she was pretty good with using the litterbox all sunday night, all day monday, and in the morning on tuesday but she peed like 3-4 times in the cage tuesday evening. I don't want to overwhelm her, as I am assuming she probably came from a cramped cage from before. When I first got her she would barely walk, she would be sit in her litterbox and play in there, but now she is like running super fast in and out of her litter box and all over her cage, and at first she wouldn't come out of her cage even though the door was open, but yesterday she managed to come out and she is a lot less shy now, and is pretty much like a miniature version of my bigger rabbit! So playful and curious, good thing is she is too small to get on my bed!

But really? I really hope it's good enough for 2 rabbits, I was thinking of buying a loft bed so I could leave my bunnies out of their cages more often since my older one likes to pee on it, and the younger one likes to go under it - which is not a problem but I'm just worried that she will pee and i wont notice until i clean under my bed and it will be all gross, and just not good at all. Once they are bonded, which won't be until like... maybe another 4-5 months. Because i have to spay her and then wait a month for the hormones to die down. Right now, i think my older bunny is aware of the new bunny but doesn't seem to be stressed out? Sometimes the baby bunny will linger over to the side of the my older bunny's cage, and my older rabbit will run to the side and stick his nose out but by this point my younger rabbit would have run away. Sometimes i think my baby bunny does this just to annoy/ tease my other rabbit! But i try to avoid this because i am aware that my older rabbit can hurt my baby bunny - even through the bars

User is Offline tanlover14
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11/15/2012 6:09 AM
Even if her litter box habits are rocky, you can still give her more space.  Just up the amount of litter boxes you have in with her!  That may help your problem anyways of her peeing everywhere!  Then as she realizes what it's for you can slowly take them out as she figures it out!

I think it's big enough for the two with ample play time.  Here's of picture of my bunny condo -- it's actually smaller than yours I do believe and all 3 of my Tans live here.  If I'm correct, Hollands get to be about 4-5 lbs?  All 3 of my buns are around 4.5 lbs.  They are perfectly content in their house but also get a lot of play time in their huge play area when we are home which at least 2 hours a day.  And my buns are hyper so I'm sure yours will be quite content.  

 

 


I have to laugh at what your younger bun does -- that's too cute.  You can begin the bonding process early if you want by doing things such as putting towels in both of their pens.  The thought is they'll lay on them and get their scent on the towel.  The next day you can switch them out and put the others towel in the other cage.  This will get them used to the other buns smell and help with any territorial issues you may have during the bonding process. 
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User is Offline lifeasweknowit
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11/15/2012 2:44 PM
Oh wow that is a fabulous condo, do you have any other pics? I absolutely love it! And oh yes that sounds smart, I will do that as soon as my younger bunny get cured of her mites, poor thing has mites and is going back to the vet for her second treatment of ivermectin and that is when i will also give the vet her fecal kit back - just to check for any internal parasites! I really hope she is fine but we'll see!

User is Offline tanlover14
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11/16/2012 7:07 PM
It's a small thing compared to some of the others on here but it works for our little bunny family quite nicely! I'll take some more pics of it tomorrow or Sunday for you! The buns have been put to bed and we have lights out since we're using lady bugs to try and get rid of an aphids on our plants problem so the lights have to be completely dark while the lady bugs are out! I should be able to get some more pics tomorrow.

Also, if you google some of the threads on BB with bunny condos and on other websites they have GREAT ideas for big and small bunny condos made out of xpens and NIC cubes which are way cheap compared to anything else! A ton of threads on here have been made on pics of different peoples bunny condos! You can easily make different levels with even x-pens using cardboard boxes or dowels and wooden shelves for the buns! This helps make more space and keeps them more occupied without actually expanding the space they're in!

Awww, good luck for your girl! I hope she's okay!
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User is Offline lifeasweknowit
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11/19/2012 2:12 PM
thanks! good luck on your aphid problem, those pesky critters can be a nuisance. and thanks i will check that out!
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