Who lives in this amazing space
The rabbits are named Cider (male) & Ruby (female), 2-year old Holland lops who reside in New Jersey, USA. They are both fixed, and are good-natured rabbits…fairly mellow, except when it’s mealtime! They go nuts over their greens/veggies (breakfast & dinner) and also any pellet snacks or treats. Cider is our nosy boy, who is interested in anything that is going on in the room, whether we are just sweeping up, or the vacuum is running, or the girls are playing (we have 3 human kids as well). He is also a pro flopper and takes some serious naps. Ruby is our messy girl, who has crazy fuzzy fur, and forgets her toilet training regularly, but she is as sweet as can be and tolerates her extra grooming quite well.
How the enclosure was build
They don’t destroy the baseboards, or walls, or furniture in the room. They do however, like chewing on the untreated pine that their hay rack, resting crate, and enclosure, are made from. The entire pen is created out of untreated pine slats, and assembled with a nail gun and screwed into the walls. It has a latched gate that allows us easy access for cleaning, and also allows us to enclose the rabbits at night or when the whole family is in their space for holiday gatherings (these are the only times they are “locked-in.” Because they are free-roam of that room all day, they don’t try to escape too much, although they have both done it. Cider can jump right over it. Ruby uses the top of the hay rack for help to scale it’s height.
The flooring is tile, which they love in the summer months to keep cool, even though the room has air conditioning. As the weather turns cooler, we add mats and rugs to put a barrier between them and the cold floor. The room does not have heat (it is an enclosed sunroom), so we are looking to add a heating element to keep the chill off in the dead of winter…which members of the Bunnyproofing group were very helpful with their suggestions! We already have a heating pad from our passed outdoor cat, so we’ll start with that.
Whats in the enclosure
The enclosure includes their hay rack, water bottles, and litter pan. It also has a crate for resting in and for perching on top. There is also another soft hidey house/bed. Cider’s favorite thing is the “clothesline” that contains clips where we dangle extra herbs or treats from time to time. There are also some chew toys and balls to toss around.
We really love the space, so we’re hoping not to relocate them during the winter months, as we did last year. We only built the enclosure this past spring after tiring of the look of the square grid wall-look.
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