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    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2015 5:09pm (Jul 25th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    So Iden has been living in the largest dog crate on the market, then a few hours a day he comes into the living room and another few hours he pootles around the garden. But this was annoying, firstly because the dog crate still wasn't big enough for Iden to be spending so much time in, and also because his freedom involved us ferrying him from room to room and the garden and back!

    For the last few weeks we have been wanting to move him outside, so he has more room AND because it would be so easy to just open the door to his run, let him free in the garden for a few hours, then put him away when the dogs were going to be out. The only time we'd have to carry him would be for inside-time. Much easier :smile:

    But this was tricky...firstly we know nothing about building things, we are terrible at DIY. Then we had the issues of the dogs; the run needed to be secure and we needed a solid barrier so the dogs didn't get highly excited and obsessive when they saw Iden move.

    We had two spare dog crates (3 foot ones) and the one Iden was in, too. The area where Iden's house could go is 8x4 foot, so it had to fit there.

    What we did was take one of the smaller crates (3x2 foot) and Kasper's larger one (4x2.5 foot) and combine them. We couldn't find our cable ties so had to use lots of string haha,but we are picking ties up tomorrow along with a proper roof for Iden's 'indoor' section.

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    We also need to buy some wire cutters in, so that we can get rid of the wire grids on the floor of his outdoor area...or buy some flagstones and put them over the top

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    Kasper "helped" :tooth:

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    We used the matting that was originally for the floor to tie on the sides, which will help block Kasper and Zoey's view of Iden, and will also provide shelter

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    Didn't get any photos of Iden in the run with all his bits and toys, but you get the idea...his hay rack is on the door just out of the pic, he has his litter tray now and the internal door (that his water bowl is attached to) is secured so it can't swing shut.

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    Long shot :smile:

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    Kasper chilling on the same size box, for comparison :smile:

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    All in all it took about four hours haha. There's just the roof, the side barriers, the cable ties and the floor of the outdoor run that needs sorting now!

    I'm also going to buy a small hutch to replace the cat carrier indoors, as it will provide insulation for the Autumn and can act as a small second level, too. And some extra hidey holes in the run wouldn't go amiss.
    The entire run might need replacing soon, but for now he's outside, he's happy and we did it all for free :)

    Iden was very grumpy at first. It took him half an hour to venture outside, but now he is lounging in the sun, chomping on Kale, carrots and an alfalfa toy :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2015 8:03pm (Jul 25th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Will feel much better when the wire is covered, but for now Iden is loving the outdoors!

    I caught him doing the full-on stretched out rabbit pose earlier, haha.

    I don't know whether to leave him in his new hutch a day or two before free-ranging, so he learns it is his 'home'?
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2015 7:50pm (Jul 26th 2015)
    I think I would...after all, it's still much bigger than he's used to, isn't it? Splendid palace...but don't forget rabbits eat string.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2015 8:25pm (Jul 26th 2015)
    Have you got a local 'Freegle' site? Rabbit hutches are the sort of things people often want to get rid of and everything is 'free'. You can also post a 'have you got ...' message.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2015 9:27pm (Jul 26th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenI think I would...after all, it's still much bigger than he's used to, isn't it? Splendid palace...but don't forget rabbits eat string.

    Thanks CC :) I left him away today (it's been tipping it down all day anyway) but if the weather's okay tomorrow he can come out. I hope I can get him away okay, as long as I have kale he'll probably oblige :rolling:

    Kate, I had a look a few weeks back, but the only ones I could find were in terrible condition or didn't fit the area. I'm looking into companies who will make them to the size you want, and will possibly order one for my Birthday in October...although that seems counter-productive as he'll probably be inside by then due to the cold!! :rolling: Oh well...

    The hutch held up against the constant rain today, we had no leaks at all :smile: Iden braved the rain when he heard us come out, but retreated pretty quick haha, he hasn't really experienced rain before! Went to the hardware shop today, but they didn't have cable ties, and the garden centre didn't have flags in the size we need...yay :sarcastic:

    The dogs haven't been curious about the hutch at all, which is good. No doubt there'll come a time when they notice Iden's in there and become obsessed, but we'll deal with that when it happens!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2015 5:37pm (Jul 27th 2015)
    Gardening wire would do just as well as cable ties and would be an awful lot cheaper than ties. Or copper wire from a plumbers/ironmongers.
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2015 12:45pm (Jul 31st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh hey we have some wire in, too. It came wrapped around the mesh we bought and would probably work really well :bigsmile:

    Iden enjoying the sun yesterday. There are a few gaps around his run that he could squeeze and get stuck, so he can't have full access to the garden yet. He enjoyed it though :smile:

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    Pootling happy bun :)