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Looking to set up a pen for Henry

Post by woodwench on Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:07 pm

Anyone got any ideas about setting up a pen for Henners?
It cannot cost an arm and a leg cos I only have a little finger to spend. So with a budget of around £200 what's the best, most spacious system I can look to getting? Bear in mind the lawn/area I will be erecting the pen on is very uneven.
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Post by The Snowman on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:35 pm

The uneven ground can be a nightmare - as personally experienced today  Mad !!  We have had to use concrete gravel boards in some places and not in others to compensate for uneven ground.  Whatever you buy, you may have to adapt it to your space to make sure you haven't got gaps. This can be challenging!  HBWS   You may need wood, concrete slabs etc.. ??

As for ideas within budget...I'm not sure and I don't have vast experience....    We like our Liberta Sedgemoor Rabbit run which is 6ft x 8ft (ish)  but this would take up a huge chunk of your budget £169.99 (Pet Planet free p+p) and then perhaps you could connect it to something else with a tunnel system. Maybe a little rabbit hidey house?  This could eat up the budget....  maybe nearer the £250 mark.  albino

Currently, we have our run connected to Seb's hutch with a 12ft tunnel and tunnel connectors.  Our tunnels are from Welfare Hutch Company. He loves going back and forth as he pleases. They are perfect for Seb as he is a small dwarf breed, but I'm not sure how suitable they could be for medium/larger rabbits? I think the tunnel diameter info is on the website.  We are currently in the process of changing Seb's run for a much larger walk-in run, but the Liberta run has served us well to-date and will be used for Seb's future wifey during bonding, before she can join him in the larger run.    

Hope this may help...   hopefully other members may have some other ideas for you x Very Happy
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Re: Looking to set up a pen for Henry

Post by woodwench on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:47 pm

Thanks for you in put.
I have been discussing this with a friend, who has offered to help build the run and it's been decided that I shall buy 3 of these pens

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Puppy-Rabbit-Guinea-Panel-SELECT-COLOUR/dp/B005YYLASI/ref=sr_1_84?ie=UTF8&qid=1425252886&sr=8-84&keywords=rabbit+runs

to attach to the back of the house, stabilising them with posts and securing the bottom with kerb stones. We shall include two gates at either end and Henry will access it via the back door. He will have a variety of surfaces to run on, grass, concrete and brick pathway, and there will be room for a hidey-house. He will have the run of the house and his pen.
I have the kerb stones already and they cost me nothing, I can scrounge  the posts and the 3 pens and hidey-house will cost me well within budget. At 48" high I may have to consider an overhang but that is something we will look at later.
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Post by The Snowman on Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:38 am

sounds great woodwench.... looks like you've already got it covered! Henry is a very lucky boy... I'm sure he'll be up to allsorts! Very Happy
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Re: Looking to set up a pen for Henry

Post by c.bolduan on Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:51 am

I don't want to spoil your idea but......
I have one of these and thought I could use it for bonding Vernon with the existing two.
Result
He jumps the height out of sitting position. You will need to cover it to protect of birds of pray as well
I started to develop fort Knox with a purpose made cover of solid wooden stakes linkes with double strength wire.
What did he do?
He started to gently push on the links of the panel. Yes you can change the shape this way. He did it long enough to push the hexagram out and climb up on it to join Bertie and Bubbles only to be bitten badly.
Sorry maybe all this is obvious. Was this an idea to have Arun whilst you are supervising?
On the other hand I got parts of the runaround system, very solid pipes and runs for £ 40 on eBay. Second hand but deep cleaned now and fine.
Deffo would check eBay well worth it. As you still got some lime left.
Hope this makes sense I have been on night duty and I'm shattered my brain going in mash potatoe mood.

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Re: Looking to set up a pen for Henry

Post by woodwench on Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:53 am

Thanks ... We have got posts to secure the panels and there will be a type of strong mist net attached from the pen to the house. The panels will be serving as an easier alternative to rolls of wire. The chap who is helping me is a specialist in constructing old fashioned building frames and he's already helped with Henners crate. I didn't like asking him to help with this as he and his partner have just had their first baby but he offered.
Henners isn't a jumper. He spent four months at the rescue where the front of his pen was only about three foot six high but he will be safe from my local buzzards, sparrowhawks, peregrines etc.
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