I am so, so, so excited to pick up my buck Fredrick this weekend along with some hens. I already raise chickens, quail, guinea fowl, and ducks- but am adding a bunny to that list. A beautiful little Hotot bunny, actually. However- I have some questions. My plan is to settle him in (he is free and comes with a wire hutch). Once he is settled, I want to introduce a girly-friend for him, a doe, and begin raising a selling crosses that are multipurpose- pets or meat. I believe he is a bantam(whoops- bird talk!), sorry, mini or small Hotot, as he is quite light and when stretched out is about the length of my torso. He is the size of a snowshoe hare, I'd say. I understand wire cages are so-called "better" and "cleaner" but how do i keep him warm in our cold Albertan winters? Can he run free in the same pen as my chickens when i'm there for supervision? Since I want rabbits for meat, I understand smaller ones will work, but I am curious- can i crossbreed a bigger breed with him? Is a Rex doe too big- I want the babies to gain weight but will sell them as Hotot crosses for both pets and meat.... Possibly, in the future, introducing a Rex buck too for purebreeds.