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Emergency Rabbit Shelter

 
Shawn Bell
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I have found a source for rabbits at six dollars a piece.  The only problem is that he wants to get rid of them now and I don't have a place for them yet.

I do have a chain link dog pen about 8sqft x 6ft tall, and some sheets of salvaged tin along with some more chain link fence.  I thought that if I put tin around the sides and across the top, and chain link fence lying across the bottom that this might work for the few weeks it takes to get a proper rabbitry built.

I don't have hay or straw to put in the bottom, but I do have plenty of leaves.

I there an problem with this idea?

Thanks for any help...
 
Jami McBride
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It should be fine, but I'll add a couple of things -

1. you'll want to secure, using bendable wire, the sides to the bottom chain link - rabbits are diggers and chewers.  Or maybe secure this seem in some other way that would work to hold your metal in place too.

2. add a lot of leaves as they like to burrow and create their own habitat for warmth.  They will pick one place, usually at the back, and make it a 'potty area'.  If you can put down newspaper or saw dust for absorbancy they will use it. 

3. you should supplement their food stuffs with timothy hay or other non-pellet materials such as maple leaves, sunflowers (whole plant).  It helps their overall health and yours if your eating them.

That's a great deal on rabbits, good luck!
 
Brice Moss
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are they big enough to go straight to the freezer

even if they were smallish if each dressed out to three pounds thats a good deal on some tasty
 
Shawn Bell
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Thanks Jami, I will have to find a source of alfalfa hay.  There are huge fields of kudzu less than half a mile
from here, I plan on feeding that along with the pellets.

Brice, they are big enough to go into the freezer, but I want them for breeding.  A continuous source of
protein.

I plan on building something proper next weekend, just have to keep them healthy until then.
 
Shawn Bell
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Here is the temporary shelter I 'built' for the bunnies.
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Shawn Bell
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Some bunnies.
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Casey Halone
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I like that it looks like your dog wears a jet pack kinda sorta.
 
Shawn Bell
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Casey,  we thought she needed something to boost her energy. 
 
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