This is Vivian. The bunny that Addy just HAD to have last year (and which as you might recall, made me the Best. Mom. Ever.)
I don’t know the breed but I do know that she is a dwarf and at this point is full grown. She’s a sweet and loving little thing who gets first shot at the left over salad greens each night.
Our plan for this summer was to incorporate her into the hen house with the rest of the flock. Keeping a bunny in a cage has never really sat well with me. Sure we take her out to play and we have her hutch up against the house so that she can join us in watching “Cold Case” each night (we only have basic-basic cable and it’s either that or Law and Order) but a bunny needs room to hop and grow.
A few weeks back though, we put her in a small fenced in area (we used a puppy playpen fence) and within a few hours Vivian had dug a deep hole that went completely under the fence and was threatening to pop up on the other side.
If she had done this in the hen house, not only would she have escaped but she would have literally left the front door open for night time predators to visit the flock.
I know that many people have rabbits in their hen houses and around chickens (the woman we bought Vivian from keeps rabbits with her chickens) and I’d like to do this but how does it work?
Those who mix rabbits and chickens together, do you use special fencing? Do you take any precautions or are you just vigilant in searching for daily burrows and filling them in. Or, is this just not a problem with your bunnies?
As much as I don’t like having a rabbit in a cage, I’d rather our bunny be in a cage than lost in the backyard woods.