Currently construction is underway on El Palacio del Conejo. The basis of this
cage is an old ferret cage we "inherited." The original plan was to have four floors. This idea was eventually scrapped as
too difficult to service.
The revised plans calls for two extra floors of 1/2" hardware cloth. Over the
hardware cloth, we have placed plastic carpet protector, cut to fit. As Querida is a fastidious lady we plan, at least at
first, to provide her with a "throne" on all three floors.
The bottom floor will be enclosed on all four sides, with windows for ventilation,
so that she can have a "hidey hole" for privacy. Her dining area will be on the second floor.
There will be "rooms" on each floor, as well, for hiding in and chewing on - which add
enrichment to her environment. Of course, she has lots of toys with which to play - and now she will have plenty of room in
which to play with them.
|Original idea had four floors, now reduced to three.
Phase One is complete as you can see in this picture. In the background you can
(just barely) see Querida in her "bunny tractor." Re-purposed from an old chicken tractor (a change in city codes forced us
to find a new home for our beloved birds), this 4 feet wide by 8 feet long by 2 feet tall moveable cage gives Querida a chance
to run and play for at least a few hours each day so long as the weather permits.
The House Rabbit Society suggests that a rabbit needs 35 hours a week of running
time. That means 5 hours a day for the bunny outside. Unfortunately, the weather in Oklahoma rarely permits Querida to stay
out so long. This is one reason why the larger cage is so important.