Personal experiences on rabbit runs and colonies?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Skye'sDucks, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Right now I can't exactly change up my rabbit situation, but in the future I'm very interested in re-doing the type of place they live in, and possibly even trying out a colony. I know this is early to ask, but I'm in a learning mood. :p

    So I was going to ask, to those who have done it, what are your opinions about a run/rabbit house on the ground? What about colonies? Can you list pros and cons about both things?

    As a little side-note, I'm entering college this fall and live with my parents, and I hope to be able to support animals alongside myself in the future wherever I settle. I have 2 pet rabbits and have around 8 years of experience. My future goal is to raise a little flock of chickens and ducks with maybe rabbits and possibly goats. :bun

    Thank you for any help!
     
  2. Chicks 'n ducks

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    I had some large X-pens set up in our shed for my 3 rabbits, all unspayed females. Once I bonded them together using different methods, I introduced them into the new pens. It was great, for a while. They would groom each other, have room to run around, etc. Every now and then I would find tufts of fur on the ground. Then I realized that two had been ganging up on my 8 year old rabbit and injured him.
     
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  3. Thank you for your response! Was 'him' a typo or did you have another rabbit other than the females?

    Also, was it fairly easy to bond three? I've bonded my two current rabbits so I know the work that goes into it, although mine where pretty easy.
     
  4. Chicks 'n ducks

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    Him was a typo. I thought he was a male for 7 years, because the breeder said she was. Then one day I thought I'd check, "he was she". But now I still call her a boy because I can't change. Bonding was much easier than I thought, considering all the bunny forums saying it's impossible to bond unspayed females, let alone 3.
     
  5. cassie

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    Bunnylady said it best. Rabbits can get along just fine with each other until they don't. Then it can get very bloody.
     
  6. Chicks 'n ducks

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    Yes, exactly. It is something to be aware of.
     

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