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New Set Up!

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Obsidian » Thu May 18, 2017 4:25 pm


After having to reluctantly give up on my rabbitry a few years ago due to lifestyle changes, I'm finally getting back into the field! I couldn't be happier and I'm excited to get a new mini rex herd started.

I recently scored a 16 hole cage bank on CL and have been busy getting it tidied up. Each hole is 16" X 30", all in good condition. The catch tray needed some serious TLC. I decided to paint the entire unit black (because well, I like for everything I own to be black, lol. However, primarily I feel black gives it a good, clean look). I'll be getting the feeders and hay racks installed tomorrow.

Here are some pics of before and after I painted the unit:
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MaggieJ » Thu May 18, 2017 4:41 pm


Welcome back, Obsidian! :welcome:

Hope your new "dive down the rabbit hole" goes splendidly!

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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Obsidian » Fri May 19, 2017 7:37 am


Thank you, MaggieJ!
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#4  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Fri May 19, 2017 8:38 am


Welcome Back!

Love the black! Very envious of the sweet cage setup! Beautiful and functional.... what more can you ask for.... :D :D
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#5  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Fri May 19, 2017 9:31 am


Nice!! I also like the clean look of the black, I almost painted my indoor hutch black but seeing as it will be spending the majority of time in the dark closet, something so dark just wouldn't be the greatest idea. "Where are the rabbits?" .. "Dunno, can't see them." :lol:

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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nymphadora » Fri May 19, 2017 1:02 pm


SarniaTricia wrote:Rabbits, you can ask for Rabbits.... :lol:

:rotfl:

Wonderful set-up you've got there, Obsidian! :D

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby Marinea » Sat May 20, 2017 8:37 am


Nice score!
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Obsidian » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:00 pm


And the new cage tags -

-- Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:00 pm --

We finally have the bunnies in their new set up!
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#9  Unread postby AmberRae » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:36 pm


your harlequin rex is gorgeous!!

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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Silver Willow » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:25 pm


I absolutely love your new set up, and the rabbits are gorgeous! I can't wait to see more photos as you progress :)
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Obsidian » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:30 am


Update: Nest boxes

We decided to go with the outside hanging nest boxes by Pointer Hill. We couldn't be happier with them.

We painted them black (of course) and the rabbits seem noticeably happier as opposed to having the standard boxes in the cage.

The kits love them! And momma rabbits seem glad for the extra cage space.

I highly recommend these boxes. Pointer Hill was super fast with their processing and shipping. These boxes were only $22 each and came with an extra wire door and hinges if you so chose to have the option to close the box off from the doe. The boxes also have a convenient peaking lid and removable bottom.
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#12  Unread postby WVForestGirl » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:16 am


How cute are those little guys?! :-D
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#13  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:50 am


I LOVE YOUR SET-UP!!

I have 4 wooden "hang on the outside of the cage" nest boxes that I use in the winter and I think they are great!! Mama rabbits look much more relaxed with the kits "hidden" and not in the cage.

My space isn't climate controlled, so in the summer I use the open topped boxes in the cage. the "bird house" boxes trap too much heat and the mamas don't want to go in and feed the babies.... (in my experience)

I also just ordered tags for my cages!!! I'm excited to get everyone tagged!!
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#14  Unread postby PTJeff » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:22 pm


nice set-up!
"I decided to paint the entire unit black (because well, I like for everything I own to be black, lol."
even your handle is black...
how frequently are you having to replace the bedding under the cages?
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Re: New Set Up!

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Obsidian » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:23 am


We completely clean and sanitize every 4-7 days. I just take a broom and brush all of the bedding into a trash can, then spray a disinfectant on the liner, dry, and lastly sprinkle with diatomaceous earth/wood shavings.
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