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Rabbits make for great companions, but it’s important that you give them a home that is safe and suitable for them. This guide will help you to find the best rabbit hutch for two rabbits, as well as giving you some pointers that will help influence your decision.
First of all, let’s talk about some of the important details of keeping two rabbits together. Rabbits are social animals and that means that they will be much happier living in the company of at least one other rabbit. If your rabbit feels lonely then they can become depressed and sometimes even aggressive. Having two rabbits stops them from becoming stressed and will ensure that they lead a much happier life. Rabbits tend to bond for life, they will groom each other, cuddle, and play together, this makes it all the more important to ensure that you stray from having only one rabbit.
In order to introduce another rabbit into your rabbit’s life, you need to be patient and make sure that they get along well. The best way is to do this slowly, by allowing them in each other’s company for a short period of time frequently, in order to get them used to each other and to allow them to start forming a bond. The best way to do this is to have them in two separate cages to begin with, keep the cages close to each other and make sure that they can see each other from their cages. The next step will be to have their cages side by side. After this, the next step is allowing them to meet face to face. It is advised to do this in a room that neither rabbit is as familiar with, introduce them and allow them to investigate each other for around 10 minutes everyday, increasing the time slightly everyday. If they fight, then skip a few days of letting them interact, and then try again. You will know when they are comfortable around each other by their body language, they’ll groom themselves and eat in front of each other when they are comfortable, and this will eventually lead to them grooming each other. It is also important to think about your rabbit’s personality if you’re thinking of getting them a friend. If your rabbit is dominant for example, you don’t then want to buy another alpha rabbit as there is a high chance that they will fight with one another.
Typically, it’s a good idea to have a male and a female rabbit, due to their naturally differing personalities, but this is also how they pair in the wild. If you don’t want hundreds of bunnies running around, then you’re also going to want to get the rabbits either spayed or neutered before letting them meet. We all know that rabbits reproduce very quickly, but reproduction can also be a health hazard as rabbits can develop reproductive cancers if they’re not neutered.
However, if you don’t want to go to the bother of getting your rabbit spayed, you can keep two female rabbits, they’re more likely to fight, but if you are careful and slow in introducing them, they should be happy. If possible, then make sure that they are from the same litter, there is a higher success rate in them getting along if they are sisters. If you plan on getting two female rabbits from different litters, then spaying them both will likely be in your best interests, otherwise they will be more likely to fight.
The least successful pairing of rabbits is having two male rabbits, due to them both wanting dominance, they are likely to fight frequently and see each other as a threat. If you’re set on keeping two male rabbits, one of them will need to be submissive, and they will both need to be neutered as neutering can lead to more calm behaviour and will prevent aggression. Again, if they are brothers from the same litter, they will have a higher chance of being compatible.
Age can also be an important factor in your decision. Two baby rabbits from the same litter are the best of any pairing due to their already existing bond. If you don’t have the option of getting two rabbits from the same litter, then your next best bet is getting two rabbits that are of a similar age.
So when looking at cages, what do you need to know? The minimum space required by two rabbits is 3 metres x 2 metres x 1 metre. There are many different types of hutches that can provide your rabbit with plenty of space. You get outdoor hutches, indoor hutches, and some of them even have built-in runs so that your rabbit can exercise and explore safely. Of course there are also a range of materials for hutches, some wooden, some plastic etc. The best bet is probably wood, this is because plastic is chewable and likely won’t last very long once your rabbits have had their teeth on it.
- Hutch size: 36" length x 18" depth x 31" height ext approx ( inc overhang )
- Ramp to under run with closeable blank
- Hinged opening roof four full opening doors.
This two tier hutch is made out of wood and has hinges on it that make sure that the hutch can be easily cleaned. It’s a tidy looking hutch with room for two rabbits, although you may wish to opt for something slightly bigger.
- ESSENTIAL FEATURES: Solid wooden framed hutch with tongue and groove panels and free outdoor cover, double height with enclosed shelter and lift up sloped roof. For ease of access we have 4 x front opening doors and the two floors can be closed off from one another, both floors slide out for easy cleaning.
- FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: The locking hinge on our roof allows for easy cleaning and access to the upper floor. The two slide out tray ensure it can easily and thoroughly be cleaned. Multiple locking doors allow you to access all sections easily easily when changing bedding, food and water. You are able to secure your Rabbit or Guinea Pig on either floor so you do not have to worry about them escaping whist you are cleaning them out.
- PET PRIORITY: Keeping your Rabbits happy is top of our list when it comes to the design of our hutches. The RHL model features a totally enclosed shelter for them sleep at night keeping them cosy and sheltered from wind and rain. The hutch has multiple opening doors on the two levels meaning that you can easily allow your rabbit access to their run as well as giving them the option to return to shelter.
Similar in design to the hutch above, this hutch is also a two tiered hutch, although it does have a little bit more room that is recommended when keeping more than one rabbit. It’s a good sized hutch and it has trays that slide out and hinges to ensure that the hutch can be easily cleaned.
- ESSENTIAL FEATURES: Solid wooden framed rabbit hutch with tongue and groove panels, secure outside run area, ridged access ramp, sliding access door between house and run for securing overnight, weatherproof felted roof panels and easy clean slide out tray.
- FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: The slide out galvanised cleaning tray in the house section helps to ensure the hutch is easily and thoroughly cleaned. Multiple locking doors allow you to access the hutch and run easily when changing bedding, food and water. The run area has a sold roof panel for additional weather protection.
- PET PRIORITY: Keeping your pet rabbits happy is priority when it comes to the design of our hutches. The Bunny Ark model features a cosy and dark hutch area to sleep at night and for them to shelter away when they require it in the day. An outside run to safely hop around, the run has a locking door that can be left open if you want to provide a free range option throughout the day.
This hutch looks in the style of a hen house, it has a raised house where your rabbit can sleep, and underneath, connected by a ramp and mesh walls, is a large run area where your rabbit will get plenty of exercise and fun.
- ESSENTIAL FEATURES: Solid wooden framed hutch with easy clean plastic panels, secure outside run area, ridged access ramp, sliding access door between house and run for securing overnight, weatherproof plastic roof panels and easy clean slide out tray.
- FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: The slide out galvanised cleaning tray in the house section helps to ensure the hutch can be easily and thoroughly cleaned. Each of the hutch panels can be wiped down ensuring maximum hygiene for your rabbit. Multiple locking doors allow you to access the hutch and run easily when changing bedding, food and water. The run area has a sold roof panel for additional weather protection.
- PET PRIORITY: Keeping your rabbits happy is priority when it comes to the design of our hutches. The Bunny Ark model features a cosy and dark hutch area to sleep at night and for them to shelter away when they require it in the day. An outside run to safely hop around, the run has a locking door that can be left open if you want to provide a free range option throughout the day.
This is the same design as the hutch above, but instead of being a plain pine coloured wood, this hutch has been painted beautifully to offer your rabbit a beautiful home. The only downfall is that this hutch is made out of both wood and plastic, so as aforementioned, rabbits like to nibble, and plastic is not durable enough to withstand nibbling.
- Deluxe Double Decker Hutch Size: 48" Length X 20" Depth X 39.5" Height Ext Approx ( Inc Overhang ) 122 x 50 x 100 cms
- With four full opening doors. Treated and stained in Pet Friendly preservative
- Hinged opening roof with stay
This is another two tiered, wooden hutch, for your two rabbits, although instead of being boring pine coloured, this hutch has been painted in a beautiful grey and white to give your furry friends a stylish home.
- Rabbit / Guinea Pig Hutch Size: 36" W X 17.5" D X 35.5" H / 91.5cms x 45cms x 90cms External Approx includes roof overhang and legs
- This 3ft Double Decker Hutch with legs is Suitable for Small Rabbits and Guinea pigs only ( The rabbits shown are for illustration purposes only and not a recommendation ) )
- Rabbit hutch features two sliding plastic trays, Hinged opening roof, Both levels connected by a ramp, Locking barrel bolts.
This hutch is a simple two tiered design with a natural finish. It’s simple, but reliable, and the raised legs help to keep your rabbits either cool or warm depending on the weather, by promoting air circulation.
If you’re looking for rabbit hutches, you may also wish to consider a hutch cover to keep the rain out:
- Roll up front (left)
- Roll up run (right)
- HUTCH COVER FITS OUR BUNNY HOUSE ASIN B00KBQYKSG
Of course your choice will depend on your hutch size and shape, but those above are great options to keep your furry friends dry and warm in bad weather.
With two rabbits, and if you decide on a hutch that doesn’t have a run area, you may also want to consider buying a run, where your rabbits can exercise and stay healthy. Here are some examples:
- 6ft Rabbit / Guinea Pig Run providing plenty of room to roam and play
- Fully treated and stained in pet friendly preservative
- Ideal for most small animals
This is a sturdy run with some space for your rabbit to run around and stretch their legs a bit.
- Large Galvanized Weatherproof 8 Panel Enclosure/Play Pen/Cage. For Puppy, Rabbit, Chicken, Duck, Guinea & other Small Animals, Waterproof Galvanized. With Safety Net
- The galvanized elements are weatherproof and resistant to the rodents. Robust pens coated with no toxic protective coating No sharp edges Easy to set up in less than 20 seconds Fold completely flat for easy storage when not in use Can be used in or outdoors
- Large Size: Metric 150cm x 150cm when Assembled Octagon of 55" x 55" (approx) The enclosure consists of 8 panels of 60 x 60 cm, including one panel with an opening door for easy access. The enclosure can be used indoor and outdoor. With long drop pins to peg into ground, it is perfectly suitable for garden use. It comes with a free safety net. The sealed part of the safety net helps to protect from sun. The safety net ensures a quick and easy fixing. It prevents your rodent from jumping over and offers ideal protection against birds of prey and cats. Each panel can be removed individually. They are secured together with long drop pins that peg into the ground. You can reduce the size of the pen, or get additional panels to extend the pen.
However, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t take up much space, this fold away run is perfect and easy to set up.
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