Rabbit Run 30 day follow-up. In a past post I told you that we had decided to try a grand experiment in communal rabbit raising by putting our herd on the ground in a large enclosure (see past post). Well, so far so good but not with out hiccups. I hope our mistakes will help you prevent the same ones. Most important was that I put the houses up against the blocks around the fence. Once inside, the bunnies did what bunnies do- dig. We had an escape team of 5 rabbits get out under the wire behind the condo (first pic). So, I moved it two feet off the fence, buried 10 inches of flashing metal down the face of the blocks and back filled it. We were able to re capture 4 of the 5. Not sure when the 5th went. They normally say close when they get out.
I have also given them new places to play and hide. The second pic is the “Lincoln Cabin” made so they can get in and hide, but still see out through the gaps. The male really likes that one!
Third pic is the “rock star house”. It is much bigger, moved from the fence line and gives them another place to nest.
In all I gave them several new houses out in the center of the enclosure and also some things to hide under and in. It works well. We now have two nests built so there is a good chance we will have our first set of offspring soon. Since we don’t have control of when the breeding happened we don’t know when. Also we don’t know if the male rabbits were sterile due to the heat- leading to false pregnancies. Time will tell.
So far the community looks great, are eating well and generally seem very happy. We dropped a bale of alfalfa hay in the middle and there is now a big underground tunnel under it as well. They like getting on top of the bale and looking around too. Who said it was only to eat??
I will keep you updated on the grand experiment and document our failures and successes.