The Rabbit Hutch
In order to provide the best enclosure and to keep the Rabbits happy, healthy and to have a successful breeding, the Rabbit hutch can play a very important part. In the wild, Rabbits live and breed underground in their borrows, however this is not provided to them when they are living in orders since they may escape if allowed to live in burrows.
The hutches are made of different material however the most recommended is the plywood or oak wood.The items one might need to make a Rabbit hutch are ply wood or oak wood, some nails, mesh wire, locks, hinges, tin sheet and staples. The size of the hutch depends upon the number of rabbits which will be housed in them.
There are various designs available for the Rabbit hutch and they can be easily found on the internet. The YouTube is one of the best sources to learn about how to make hutches in different sizes and designs. For the hutch, one needs two two frames of the same size and two other frames of the same which will make the sides, top and bottom. The enclosure should then be covered with mesh wire, and on the top one can cover them with wooden slap. Many people have made large hutches which also have an enclosed box in them completely made of box, this is for those countries which experiences extreme weather conditions and the enclosed box can be used for warmth and protection from cold and dry weather.
The Rabbit hutch should also have plenty of area inside along with accessories to climb and hop around. A piece of plywood should also be placed in the enclosure, in case the rabbit wants to have some rest on the wooden material rather than the mesh wires.
Training a Rabbit to Go Into Its Hutch When Ordered
Interestingly, one can impart the rabbit to “go home” using psychology. This will save time and the owner will have a cheerier rabbit. It is essential that the rabbit should feel at ease and probably safe in its pen and it will be paramount if there food present in the hutch. This will act as an incentive for returning home.
One should border in a small area for example about 3m by 3m along, before letting the cottontail out, with an impermanent boundary that the rabbit will not be able to effortlessly jump over or halt through. The bunny should be able to come and go easily amid the pen and the enclosure. It should be noted that, this is only for teaching purposes; when the rabbit learns it, one can move to loftier areas.
Owner should look at the rabbit when it eases outside the pen. It will take a pew with its eyes half-closed and lax, its ears moving around delicately and will look happy.
One should approach the arena evidently and assertively without hastening. The owner should not gape at the rabbit but make his presence known to the cottontail. If the rabbit starts to look anxious or frightened, one should stop and then wait for the rabbit to ease again, and then back away an evident step before re-approaching.
When one becomes sure that the rabbit is calm and comfortable with the owner’s approach, then one can enter its enclosure in the mean time making sure that the rabbit is still comfortable and relaxed with the owner in there. If the rabbit shows signs of worry with owner’s presence in the enclosure, then the back should be turned towards it until it relaxes.
Once the rabbit is comfortable the owner should approach the bunny and order it to return home. The best way is to remain standing and order ‘”Go Home” in a cool and pleasant voice.
For the first time, it is likely that the rabbit will perhaps not go to its hutch. The owner should say it again and take a step in the direction of the bunny, meanwhile, projecting energy towards it. If the rabbit traffics in any path then that is a worthy thing, one should ease and stand still until the rabbit relaxes again. If it does not move, one should say “Go home” again and take one more decisive step. If at whatever time the rabbit en routes for the coop, one should take the stress off and move away from the rabbit one step. One should avoid chasing the rabbit or trying to catch it: each step should be cautious and slow.
If owners reach right up to the rabbit and it does not move but is still tranquil, one should say “Go home” and crook over as if to tad its back heels with the finger and not with an open hand because the rabbit should find difference between patting, gripping and directing. If it still does not move, one should tickle its heels with their finger just to annoy it a bit, but not frighten.
One should use these tactics in a small region and sooner or later the rabbit will feel enough badgering and will hop in. When this comes about, one should just shut the door and stroll away. The owner should avoid trying to stroke the rabbit, once it is understood that the rabbit apprehends the body language of the owner and the “Go home” order in the small capacity, one can move to gradually larger zones.
Originally posted 2012-11-06 16:26:33.