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A Hutch is Not Enough – Rabbits Under the Weather

2011-08-18

August 18, 2011, Press Dispensary. This year it seems the weather has gone crazy.  It’s impossible to know what to wear because one minute it’s bright and sunny, then suddenly the heavens open.  It’s inconvenient for us, but it can be a massive problem for pet rabbits living outside.

According to the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF), rabbit owners are facing a daily dilemma. When they go out, should they put their rabbits in a run and risk exposing them to a downpour, or leave them in the hutch – leaving them cramped and with no space for exercising.  Every responsible owner knows this isn’t good for rabbits for too long.  

“The real solution is to have the hutch and run permanently attached to each other and set them up properly in the first place so  you don’t have to try and guess what the weather’s going to do”, said Alan Wilson of the charity.  “Extreme weather conditions are a good opportunity to check you’ve got the placement right.  After rain, check whether the hutch (which should stay dry and warm) has got wet.  If it has you need to move it - you’ll see where the prevailing wind has pushed the rain in.  Equally, on a really sunny day, check the shadows and make sure the run and hutch get some protection – especially at mid-day.  It may become clear that the hutch needs to be moved through the year in order to be in the optimum position to be warm in winter and shady and cool in the summer.  The RWAF also encourages owners to keep the hutch and run as close to possible to the house or the part of the garden that is passed regularly as part of a daily routine.  This makes it easy to keep a good check on how your rabbits are doing.”

If you’re worried about how best to look after your rabbit, you can always check the RWAF’s website and quarterly magazine for up to the minute advice on looking after your pet rabbits.  They provide tips such as providing a water bowl as well as a bottle in the summer, and the dangers of Flystrike, a deadly condition for rabbits that peaks in the summer.  For advice on how to keep rabbits go to: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/making-it-right.htm  “We urge anyone with pet rabbits to join us,” said Alan.  “Our quarterly magazine is full of advice and features and is worth the subscription alone.  You’ll also be helping us to spread the word and give other rabbits the life they deserve.”

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Notes for editors
The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (registered charity # 1085689) is the largest charity in the UK dedicated to improving the lives of pet rabbits, helping owners avoid mistakes in that can lead to rabbits leading miserable, solitary lives in a hutch at the end of the garden.  The RWAF aims to improve the health and welfare of domestic rabbits by providing advice and education to owners, and working with the pet retail trade.

For further information, please contact:
Rae Todd, Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund
Tel: 07585 701012
Email:
Site: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.rwaf.org.uk/fbrwaf
YouTube: http://www.rwaf.org.uk/youtube

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Rae Todd
Tel: 07585 701012
Email:
Site: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.rwaf.org.uk/fbrwaf
YouTube: http://www.rwaf.org.uk/youtube

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A rabbit' view
Under the tarpaulin they can still play happily.
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Under the tarpaulin they can still play happily.

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Cover the run with a tarpaulin

Cover the run with a tarpaulin
Cover the run with a tarpaulin
These rabbits have free run of a hutch and exercise area, which is weather proof, meaning thery are not confined for long periods.
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Cover the run with a tarpaulin

These rabbits have free run of a hutch and exercise area, which is weather proof, meaning thery are not confined for long periods.

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Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather

Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather
Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather
This hutch and run are permanently attached so that the 2 rabbits have free access to both and can shelter or exercise as they please. The run is covered with a tarpaulin to offer protection from sun and rain, meaning they are not restricted by adverse weather.
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Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather

This hutch and run are permanently attached so that the 2 rabbits have free access to both and can shelter or exercise as they please. The run is covered with a tarpaulin to offer protection from sun and rain, meaning they are not restricted by adverse weather.

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Rabbits can still play even in bad weather

Rabbits can still play even in bad weather
Rabbits can still play even in bad weather
Because their run is covered with a tarpaulin offering protection from sun and rain.
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Rabbits can still play even in bad weather

Because their run is covered with a tarpaulin offering protection from sun and rain.

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