Lorinne Anderson wrote:Good for you to think about predator protection BEFORE predation! Even rats will eat rabbits through that wire. Sounds like you have some old metal roofing, perfect! Build a fence AROUND the rabbit hutches, at least two sheets high, posts on the inside, and if possible, trench them down a foot or so. If you don't have enough, keep your eyes on the local free site, contact local roofers, put the word out to anyone taking down a metal barn or roof... 5-6 feet of height will deter almost all terrestrial predators.
The electric chicken mesh will also work - and may also be used in conjunction with the metal roofing, but, the key here is making sure there is no way over, under, or around whatever your defenses are.
John F Dean wrote:You seem to be making the assumption that an irregularity in the sealing compound will prevent a seal. You may be correct. My experience has been different. I have even reused lids with success. My guideline has been is that if the lid seals, then it is good. I am still alive after around 40 years of pressure canning. Your mileage may vary.