We are getting two American Chinchillas, and are trying to figure out the best scenario for housing them. I've been reading books, reading a lot on the internet, and surfing pinterest . As many people say one thing is good, others say the opposite, so I'd like to get opinions here too from those who actually have rabbits. Which may just be opening a can of worms! What I am trying to determine is where and how to house them. Ideally, they would be able to be out on pasture in a rabbit tractor or run some part of the time. So, questions: We plan to build them a 2 level hutch with a ramp, a couple boxes, and some areas of wire and some with not to rest their feet. Does this hutch need to be elevated? If so, how much and why? Predators or parasites? We have a bunch of ducks, and thought of putting the hutch over near them and the garden, but I'm worried about potential parasites on the ground over there (duck poop, etc). Valid or no? Is a rabbit tractor or run something that is feasible while avoiding parasites? As you can see, parasites are my main stressor....ugh! Thanks for any ideas or pics of your setups!