Rabbits that live permanently outside lead a much shorter life than indoor companion rabbits. A rabbit that lives outside has an average lifespan of 2 years, whereas an indoor bunny's average lifespan is between 8-10 years.
Most rabbits that are kept outside are permanently caged. The cages that most people choose are the traditional 'hutch" that are sold in pet stores which are far too small.
Bored & alone
Prone to predator attack
Extreme weather conditions & insect attack
Rabbits would never choose to live alone. Rabbits are not solitary animals and a bunny living outside in a cage by themselves would be terrified. In a group or pair situation, one bunny would look out for the other so each bunny can warn the other of danger. They also keep each other company, groom each other and are not prone to boredom.
This cage is too small. The cage is not insect proofed, allowing mosquitoes and flies into the cage. The bunny is living alone and the wire is too weak so predators could easily chew through & kill the bunny.
Metal cages should be banned!! These heat up horrendously in summer and are freezing cold in winter. Not only has this horrible cage have a wire floor which causes rabbits to suffer damage to their feet, the enclosure is not insect proofed and it is too small.
Please don't send your bunny to prison! Consider your rabbit a part of your family and not just a living burden to be kept alive - the rewards are immense and the suffering and sadness is avoided
So what about leaving a bunny to roam free outside?
A life of running & hiding is not an ideal life for a domestic rabbit. Predators can easily kill a rabbit that is roaming free. Myxo & calici cannot be controlled if your rabbit can easily be bitten at any time. Digging under fences and being chased by the neighbour's dog or cat is short life for a bunny.
So you have to house your bunny outside. What can you do?
* Buy or build the biggest and strongest house as possible and position in a sheltered spot
In extreme weather, please bring your bunnies indoors so they can be as safe & secure as you choose to be.