How to make your yard safe and secure for your bunny
Before you let your bunny roam freely in your yard it's important to do some bunny proof it first. Bunnies are curious creatures and can find their way into trouble before you know it.
They are excellent diggers and can easily find their way out from under a fence, they will also try a bite of everything at least once so you will also have to find a way keep your plants out of reach. There are a few hidden dangers as well like checking plant watering trays cannot be drank from as they can be contaminated with plant food.
There can be a lot of things to keep in mind so to help you have put together a run through of most of the things you will need to do. Follow this practical guide to learn step by step how to do all the essential bunny proofing jobs.
Always do a quick safety sweep to make sure it's safe
Everytime you let your bunny out do a quick sweep to check things through. Look for anything that could be knocked over and fall on your bunny which could hurt it. Store away anything that is stacked up or leaning against a wall like a broom or shovel.
Also be careful not to leave bicycles lent up against a wall as bunnies can become entangled in the chain or even knock it over causing it to fall on them.
Make sure all chemical such as fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or cleaning agents are stored out of reach on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard. They are not only harmful if your bunny was to accidentally eat them they may also cause harm if they get them on their fur.
If you water your plants from the base, make sure the watering trays can't be reached. The water as it can be contaminated with plant food which could be harmful to your bunny if they try and drink it.
How to keep your bunny out of your flower bed or garden
Bunnies like to try just about anything at least once to see if it can be eaten. Sharp teeth can strip bark from tree or shrub. Flower beds can make a tasty treat and soil in can be dug up and young roots eaten. If you have a flower bed or garden area with vegetables in it you will need to protect these area to stop your bunny helping themselves.
Just about the only way you can keep your bunny out is to fence an area in or fence of a smaller area for your bunny to play in. Make sure it's at least waste height so you bunny does not jump over it. You may even consider bury the fencing into the ground a bid to stop it being undermined.
If you don't want to build a permanent fence use a pet pen. These come with covers if you are worried about your bunny escaping.
If you have any trees that overhang your garden its worth considering that some trees have berries or leaves that may be toxic that could fall into your yard. Make sure you clear these away.
If you want to try and identify if you have any particularly toxic plant in your garden or flowerbed, we have provided some links below to trusted organization that maintain these.
Plants that are poisonous to bunnies
Remeber to regualy check the perimeter fencing, hedges and gates for bunny escape routes
The perimeter of your yard will constantly be tested by your exploring bunny. They can crawl through surprisingly small gaps and with a bit of digging and chewing they can quickly open up a space big enough to squeeze through. Here are a few things to check to make sure you have bunny proofed all the escape routes.
Don’t take any chances, even if your fence goes down to the ground its best to dig along the edge and bury some bricks or lengths of wood along the edge. If you have a hedge then you can make it escape proof with some wire mesh, its best to bury this into the ground so it can’t be undermined.
If you bunny does enjoy digging and starts to excavate a spot you could try laying a paving stone over the area.
Gates often have a space underneath them which although seems small is big enough for a bunny to crawl under. Block off any spaces under or around the gate. If the gate does not close on its own, put it a self-closing mechanism to make sure it kept shut.
How to protect your bunny from preditors in your yard
If you let a house bunny roam in your yard there is always the danger of attack from wild and domestic predators. You can’t keep an eye on your bunny all the time.
If you are worried pet stores sell many types of runs and pens you can purchase. Make sure they offer protection from the top and are secured to the ground. Predators like foxes can easily lift up and get under a light, wooden framed bunny run or even chew through thin chicken wire.
Bunny proof check list
Make sure all chemical such as fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or cleaning agents are stored out of reach on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard
Put away anything that could be knocked over and fall on your bunny like a shovel or bicycle
Make sure watering trays cannot be drank from as they can be contaminated with plant food
You should avoid letting your bunny eat your plants.
Check the perimeter fencing, hedges and gates regularly for escape routes, its surprising how small a space a bunny can squeeze through
If you are worried about local cats or other predators pet stores sell many types of runs and pens ideal for keeping your bunny safe
Need more help? Why not ask the Bunny proofing group!
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