I believe rabbits can do best with fresh air, fresh greens, and room to move about and see the world. I designed the Runabout Rabbit Run as a “rabbit tractor” with a run area for rabbits to get fresh air, exercise, and fresh grass, and a hutch area to retreat to and feel safe and secure.
Unfortunately, due to the genetic weaknesses of many modern rabbits, the Runabout Rabbit Run is recommended only for meat rabbits where herd improvement and robustness is paramount as opposed to a pet rabbit where extending the life of a single individual is the desired outcome. Simply put, not all rabbits are able to thrive on pasture.
My rabbits usually get moved twice daily by just picking up the end of the run with the pull rope and sliding it about ten feet to new pasture. Even if the pasture is poor, as in winter or drought, I still move them at least once daily just to keep things cleaner and give them a new view.
For regions with heavy snow, the Runabout Rabbit Run can be easily modified to be mounted two or three feet high as a more traditional stationary hutch and then easily dismounted in the early spring.
So far, I haven’t tried collecting the manure, but believe it is possible. My adult rabbits always make their deposit in the corner of the run farthest from the door of the hutch. My feeling is that by sliding a litter box or tray under that part of the run, I would be able to collect nearly all of the manure from adult rabbits.
I have some new ideas for this project I haven’t yet included in the plans or even tried out, so please check back to get the latest.
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8956 E State Road 54
Dugger, IN 47848