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Housing Rabbits in Hot Climates

 
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Here's some good info on a cage/hutch design that enables folks to have rabbits in hot climates. They averaged more than 40 kits/yr per doe with this system, which is an excellent rate, especially in desert climates.

http://ressources.ciheam.org/om/pdf/c08/95605275.pdf
 
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and some more info: http://www.fao.org/ag/aga/agap/frg/afris/espanol/document/lrrd/LRRD8/4/suc84.htm
 
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Very clever with the underground chambers!
 
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What about the Freezer.

Only kidding those underground chambers are a great idea!
 
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Here's a very permaculture-looking application of those rabbit houses:
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGAinfo/themes/documents/ibys/click/fig68.htm
 
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Ummm...what about snakes? Snakes like underground areas and they like rabbits. I have a feeling this may not be a really great solution in a climate that breeds lots of snakes.
 
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There is no way a snake could crawl up into that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnCJhq-JOck
 
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C.J. Murray wrote:There is no way a snake could crawl up into that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnCJhq-JOck



That is sarcasm right? And you should be getting my medical bill in about 8-10 weeks for NOT warning me about that You Tube video. Ewwww...
 
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Any ideas on how to protect rabbits from snakes?
I'm planning on setting up underground housing connected to an outdoor run. Protection from cats, foxes, wild boars, dogs and genets is complicated enough, mainly with fencing... but I am afraid snakes could get to the rabbits through the fence. When walking around here, snakes aren't a rare sight, or their footprints on footpaths.
Electrified fences aren't an option as someone who'd be around often wears a pacemaker.

 
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I've read that rat cones on the legs of the cages will protect against snakes. Also, if you use thinner wire, like 1/4", there is no way a snake can get through that. Even 1/2" would probably work.
 
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