Originally Posted by wheezy50 Non chicken related question, do any of you have pet rabbits? Wife and I have been kicking around the idea of a pet rabbit, juct curious if anyone has experience with them? I like the look of the Holland lops or mini lops. I keep reading that , mini rabbits tend to be more high strung so I'm leaning towards the fullsize. I would like to keep it in the house, but I think we might have to do a combination indoor/outdoor. I have some leftover wood for a hutch anyway. Anyone have pro's and cons? wheezy ~ We've had three pet rabbits over the years. They all were large, cuddly, and sweet, but I always wished they would purr or wag their tails or give some sign that they were happy! One of the "cons" of rabbits is that they pee and poop a lot. If I got another pet rabbit, I would litter train it. Apparently it is easy to do. One reason I didn't is because we always had cats that had litter boxes. I had a friend with a litter trained pet rabbit that would go in and out of the house like a cat would. It wouldn't stray far like cats do, though, but it knew where it lived and where the door was. Another reason that I didn't want a rabbit roaming the house like a cat is because they like to chew -- important wires, the tassels off of DH's loafers (happened twice), or whatever looks interesting. I'm sure Pet Rabbit sites would have good advice about training them not to chew. I've always hated to see rabbits living in a small wire cage or hutch. Your idea of building one is great. We made a chicken tractor kind of a cage/run for nice weather and also predator-proofed/weather-proofed an area under our deck for cold weather. Plus, we would get the rabbit out to pet/play with, etc. Once during the winter, a stray kitten adopted us and would sleep with our rabbit-- both would nestle together in the straw. Unfortunately, a month later the kitty was killed by a car. Our last rabbit was around five years old when he suddenly started falling over when he tried to hop. The vet said that mites can cause neurological problems. We tried treatments, but he ended up having to be put to sleep. We had kept his bedding clean and had done visual check-ups, but some problems just aren't obvious until it's too late. Compared to all of the health issues that chickens can get, rabbits seem way less complicated! Btw, we have relatives in Germany where having a rabbit for a pet is very common. They're litter trained house rabbits. We had one rabbit at a time, but they are social animals that would benefit from having a buddy-- two young ones that can grow up together. A neutered male and spayed female are the best combination. Hopefully there are people on this thread who know about specific breeds and can share their experiences.