Haiku Heritage

Housing

Most of our rabbits are housed in all wire cages for easy cleaning and sanitation. This is pretty standard practice throughout rabbit-dom, however, more people seem to be interested in our modified colony set-up that currently houses our Silver Fox doe and lone Flemish Giant doe.
These girls live together loose in our secured rabbit barn. We prefer a clean straw bedding which allows the droppings and urine to fall through, and keeps the rabbits clean and dry. We find poultry feeders and waterers are the most effective for keeping the food and water clean, and like to elevate it above the bedding on a feeding platform to keep the straw from being rearranged into it. In the winter, we switch out the poultry waterer for a large heated dog bowl which reduces my work load a lot. The bedding is changed as needed, usually only their "favorite" corner needs to be switched out. 

With the group housing, personality is everything. Matching up personalities is important, very submissive rabbits don't usually thrive in this environment, and very dominant ones become bullies and should not be allowed either. The "middle of the road" girls are the ideal ones for these set-ups, and seem to really enjoy each other's company, as well as their freedom to move about and exercise.  Raising the does together is ideal, but if the right rabbits are put together, adult does can be introduced, too. There will be "tussles" at first, make sure the girls have lots of room and places to hide and get away from each other, but you can tell immediately if there are irreconcilable differences or only pecking order establishment. If the does are drawing blood, or squealing loudly or if one latches on and won't let go, intervene, remove the dominant doe and reconsider this rabbit for group housing. Typically, the pecking order is established with some relatively mild tussles and a few tufts of hair flying, but should not be more serious than that.

More will be added soon!