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Has anyone found rabbits reassuring during the pandemic? I find animals (especially wild ones) a great encouragement when things aren't the same. They continue with the usual zest for life. There is nothing like a hare racing across a field in front of you to make you see the day in a completely new way. I used to feel very happy when I could go up and listen to our free range chickens chortling to one another. This would made my personal worries seem like a lot less. I wonder if being at home more has made us closer to our pets generally, and...

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The interesting thing about rabbits is they are meant to dig and the first worry for a new owner is will they dig out and vanish.  Over the years our rabbits have been kept in extensive interconnected runs, but never with floors. Yes, we have had diggers - but we haven't had escapees through digging. There must be a reason for this. If a prey animal feels trapped and in danger their instinct might propel them to dig to escape. Equally, if there is tasty grass outside the run but not within it, there is an incentive to escape.  Alternatively, if their home...

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The most important issue in cold weather is to frequently check the water - and replace with a new bowl or bottle if frozen. Feeding some food that contains water like freshly picked grass, leafy herbs or a small amount of veg is useful too. You can also add some droplets of water to your leaves. It was very topical as today as it was the coldest day for working in a shed! We tend to feel it when its heading sub zero at night and our minds immediately jump to the rabbits and guinea pigs. They have their small...

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This new year we have a new 3ft tall tunnel coming out! It is actually big enough for chickens but we think rabbits will do very well in it and if you haven't got the space for a large 8 x 4ft run but you do have a narrow area you can add to it to make a 2ft wide run as long as you wish. It will also accommodate a deep tray like the watch tower plus so the bunnies can dart under it or jump in, or pop up through the burrow hole in the tray. It will be easy to cover, the...

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I am quite often  asked about what to give rabbits to eat and health issues regarding the diet. We have been lucky enough in 10 years not to have a 'sticky bottom' bunny. Or is it luck? All our rabbits are on grass 24/7 with plenty of hay and a very few typical treats. The treats they are given include carrot tops, cabbage leaf, a piece of celeriac, herbs and willow, apple or pear branches. We also gather wild tasty bits from under the hedge and include some rose petals or crispy autumn leaves when available. You can gather weeds them yourself...

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