We're going to do a deep litter system for our chickens when we build our new hen house and run, and it got me thinking. We want to raise meat rabbits, but I would rather raise them with room to run around and stretch their little bunny legs than to live in wire cages suspended over the chicken coop.
So it got me wondering if I can build a rabbit run with a similar deep litter system. In a chicken deep litter system you only have to clean it once a year, and that's really only if you want to take some of it out to put on your garden beds (or all of it and start over). But the chickens scratch around so much that I wonder if that's really the main thing that keeps things clean and tidy. Has anybody tried a true deep litter system with a rabbit colony, the kind that is actively composting all the time? It's not like I can't go in and rake it and help touch it up and keep it clean or anything, but I would love to build a nice sizely rabbit run with some forage trays and stuff so they can, you know, be rabbits.
What do you think? After a few months deep litter becomes kind of a little ecosystem, with worms and stuff that keep bacteria and smell well under control, it has to be at least 6 inches deep but we'll probably go for more like 12-18, with the fence buried 2 feet underground as well to discourage escape.
What do you think? Does this method work with rabbits? Or would it be preferable to put them in wire cages? A wooden hutch is out, it's simply too unsanitary, too porous, all the urine and fecal matter that gets caught up in the wood grain just makes me gag lol.