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Snizard93 06-20-2012 07:06 PM

Galvonised/Welded or not?
 
Hi all :-)

Rabbit runs are so expensive now a days, I have decided that if I can get the wire and the wood, I will build my own.

At first I was just going to try and get some ordinary chicken wire, but after a little research and hearing what some other people have to say, I am not so sure. I have now been told/found out that this ordinary chicken wire won't keep my bunny safe? I think we have quite a few foxes in our area, and definately a lot of cats. I want bunny to be safe from both!

So my question is, is this ordinary chicken wire safe? Do I need stronger stuff?

Thanks all :-)

Snizard93 06-20-2012 07:20 PM

Oh, and also what do you think about the PVC coated stuff? Would that be fox proof?

RunSlideStop 06-20-2012 07:30 PM

Do not us chicken wire OR PVC coated wire. Neither are safe for your bunny. I suggest checking out KW Cages (KW Cages - Rabbit Cages, Rabbit Supplies, Rabbit Housing) - at least get the kind of wire they use.

I raised show rabbits as well as pet rabbits for many years. Rabbits need reliable WIRE (not wooden) floors with deep enough drop pans that they aren't stepping in poo or urine all the time. Wood is bound to get chewed up and worn out as well as hold urine. Use metal that is thoroughly cleaned.

It is important also for outdoor rabbits to have shelter. An enclosed area made of wood may be cheaper, but you will pay more in the long run replacing it.

Hope I helped..

Snizard93 06-20-2012 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunSlideStop (Post 1557856)
Do not us chicken wire OR PVC coated wire. Neither are safe for your bunny. I suggest checking out KW Cages (KW Cages - Rabbit Cages, Rabbit Supplies, Rabbit Housing) - at least get the kind of wire they use.

I raised show rabbits as well as pet rabbits for many years. Rabbits need reliable WIRE (not wooden) floors with deep enough drop pans that they aren't stepping in poo or urine all the time. Wood is bound to get chewed up and worn out as well as hold urine. Use metal that is thoroughly cleaned.

It is important also for outdoor rabbits to have shelter. An enclosed area made of wood may be cheaper, but you will pay more in the long run replacing it.

Hope I helped..

So, I should be going with the Galvonised/Welded wire then, thank you.

Yes I know all of that, I am not a bunny novice, just wanted a little advice about the materials because I am not a DIY person :wink:

RunSlideStop 06-20-2012 07:41 PM

Apologize for sounding snotty :)

Galvanized wire is your best bet, and I would give it a good clean before assembling; sometimes I have found them kind of greasy/grimey.

Looking forward to pics of finished product!

What kind of rabbit/s do you have?

RunSlideStop 06-20-2012 07:43 PM

Also, if your cage/run is going to be on the ground, I am sure you are aware that wire on the ground under the dirt (if it is permanent) is a good idea. No burrowing in or out.

Snizard93 06-20-2012 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by RunSlideStop (Post 1557873)
Apologize for sounding snotty :)

Galvanized wire is your best bet, and I would give it a good clean before assembling; sometimes I have found them kind of greasy/grimey.

Looking forward to pics of finished product!

What kind of rabbit/s do you have?

That's okay, no need to apologise! I am the same sometimes, only want what is best for the animals in question.

I think I might get my boyfriend to build it, I think the finished product would be much better! :shock:


I just have the one now, he is called Gizmo. He is coming up to 2 years old and he is a Lionhead cross.

Just for cuteness, here is was at 12 weeks old:

http://i50.tinypic.com/bv14l.jpg

And here are a couple I have of him now, almost 2 years old:

http://i45.tinypic.com/2dha7gh.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/xg0dps.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/333cy7d.jpg

RunSlideStop 06-20-2012 07:55 PM

What a CUTIE! He looks Lionhead/Rex or Hotot cross to me. I remember when Lionheads first started getting popular. :| Eek! They were like designer dogs! He is cute though! :)

Snizard93 06-20-2012 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RunSlideStop (Post 1557892)
What a CUTIE! He looks Lionhead/Rex or Hotot cross to me. I remember when Lionheads first started getting popular. :| Eek! They were like designer dogs! He is cute though! :)

I was thinking about Rex because his fur is so unbelievably soft! But then I have seen some Lionhead x Lop that look like him too. I'm not sure, whatever he is, he is my baby!

I got him from my college when he was 12 weeks old, he was the last left of the litter, and definitely the cutest!

RunSlideStop 06-20-2012 08:01 PM

I figured Rex because of his colouring, though he could really be just about anything. Lionheads are super soft; is his fur almost like.. velvety? Rex fur is so hard to explain.. it is plush and very fine..


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