With a life expectancy of 10 years, an adorable little face and an eco-friendly way of eating, the rabbit is the most popular animal in the garden after the hen.
Sensitive to temperature changes and exclusively herbivorous, the rabbit can live in the garden by taking some precautions.
Here are our practical tips.
A rabbit in semi-freedom
You can let your rabbit roam in the garden if it is closed. However, we recommend that you make or buy a wire enclosure for him that you can move around at your convenience. Why ?
- It will be easier to get into his hutch.
- It will be protected from predators (dog, cat, snake, fox, etc.)
- Domesticated, it does not know how to recognize a poisonous plant. He eats out of taste and curiosity. Many very dangerous temptations are present in our plots: lily of the valley, fern, daffodil, fir, yew, poppy, acorn, holly and colchicum (non-exhaustive list).
Move your rabbit's enclosure to your clover and dandelion plots. Weeding will be provided. He loves it!
The ideal hutch
Whether purchased or manufactured, your rabbit's home must meet certain essential criteria:
- it must be spacious enough. Provide H 100 cm x W 90 cm X D 60 cm per tenant;
- resistant to humidity;
- be out of reach of predators;
- consisted of a screened outer part and a shaded inner part each accessible by a door connected by a staircase;
- have surfaces that are easy to clean;
- the interior floor should be covered with straw;
- the rabbit defecates in the same place. Install a bin in the exterior part;
- plan to be able to hang a bottle for water, a hay rack and a bowl for food. ;
- the addition of untreated wood accessories is recommended so that he can wear down his teeth.
Sensitive to variations in temperature, spring is the best season to acclimatize a rabbit outside, as the temperatures are mild.
- Place the hutch away from drafts in a shady, flat area.
When buying or manufacturing the hutch, think thermal insulation (polystyrene, plastic, etc.) so that it can be used all year round. There are covers to add extra protection.
The rabbit is herbivorous. It feeds exclusively on grasses, hay, flower buds, plants and leaves. Don't give him anything else to keep him healthy
- of special rabbit pelletspreferably organic. They have the advantage of being practical and offering balanced nutrition. 1 to 2 tablespoons per day are enough per kilogram of weight;
- of meadow hay rich in essential grasses and legumes;
- lvegetables Such as radish tops and carrots rich in vitamin A. Asparagus, watercress or celery rich in vitamin C. We will avoid giving lettuce, broccoli, artichokes and peas which cause digestive problems;
- of fruits of the season.
All these foods should be washed thoroughly and free from pesticides. When given raw, they help hydrate the rabbit's intestines.
The silica contained in plants allows the rabbit to wear down its teeth which grow continuously and a good transit.
In addition :
- to please your rabbit, organize a picking in the garden. He feasts on plantain, chamomile, nettle, chestnut leaves, dill, thyme, chervil, savory, coriander and mint;
- from time to time, give him alfalfa hay in small quantities (because it is too rich in calcium). It's a treat for him!
Did you know ? 💡
The rabbit makes two kinds of poop:
- the former are soft. Rich in proteins, vitamins and nutrients, he eats them.
- The seconds are tough. He ignores them.
From time to time, see your veterinarian:
- A regular review helps prevent disease;
- Ask him to cut the claws of your rabbit. They grow quickly and become awkward and painful for your companion's movements.
- Sterilization is strongly recommended. Your rabbit's smell will be less strong. He will not mark his territory by urinating everywhere. It prevents many diseases linked to reproduction and calms the animal. In addition, you can offer him a safe companion.