How to Set Up Rabbit Hutches & Cages

Learn how to set up rabbit hutches and cages from the animal experts at traveling petting zoo Squeals on Wheels in this Howcast video.

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Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us.

It is an important decision to get a rabbit, and it is also important to find the right size cage for your rabbit. So the ideal size, the minimum, is to get a cage that is four times as large as the rabbit is stretched out so that they have plenty of room to stand up, jump around, and run around. Also, you can have a flat-bottom or wire-bottom cage for rabbits, but it is important that you have hard surfaces for the rabbit to lay on because wire surfaces can be very difficult for rabbit's feet. It is preferable that rabbits are kept inside at an approximate temperature of seventy degrees. They also like to have their cage in the corner because they are an animal of prey, and if they have a wall behind them, then they always know what is behind them. The items that we place in the cage are always a water bottle with fresh water daily, a ceramic dish usually attached to the side of the cage because rabbits are very good at pushing their bowls over and spilling their little pellets all over the place, timothy or orchard hay, a litter box with a little bit of kiln-dried wood shavings in there which have been multi-screened so that there is no dust to get into their lungs. We have fresh vegetables and we always have one or two ceramic tiles we you can pick up at any kitchen place. We put a variety of toys in the cage. They have chewing toys. They have hiding toys. They also like little digging toys. They use their paws quite a bit. So you can purchase a variety of toys. They also like to push little plastic balls around the cage with their nose. They like to have fun.

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