Bunny Green gets a new recycled home

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The original hutch

Sunrise the bunny is fattening herself up for winter. She’s moulting at a rate of knots as she grows her new plush coat and her hips are expanding daily.

She has a hutch where she sleeps at night time (bought second hand from a friend) and during the day she spends most of her time in her run. It’s made from old fire guards and she’s dug herself a palatial burrow where she can hide from marauding cats and buzzards.

When it gets grey and damp, however, Sunrise refuses to go outside. She’ll nose her way to the front of the hutch for a cuddle – and stay there all day if you will – but once she feels your hands under her tummy she backs into her hutch and wriggles into her bedroom. Let it be said that words only make up 5% of communication! Her body language leaves no room for misunderstanding…

Last Winter she spent a few days in a row in her hutch and we felt terribly guilty. She wouldn’t even be picked up to come inside (she’s house trained) so she spent many a day looking like a woolly football staring out of her hutch. It plucked our heart strings and pulled at our conscience; especially as the RSPCA tell us bunnies are one of the most neglected pets.

The other week then, Mr Green had an epiphany. I’d sent him out to the garage for a declutter, but as you know, he’s a hoarder. So instead of getting rid of things, he attempted to ‘Use them up!’ Pending jobs around the house were completed and one day I could hear some heartfelt hammering, sawing and drilling taking place. I looked out of the back door to see this…

Mr Green hammers and saws…

And the following day came face to face with this magnificent creation:

Sunrise enjoys her new recycled home

Yes, overnight, Sunrises’s house quadrupled in size – old chicken wire, fence posts and a scaffolding plank have all been utilised to create a bunny paradise. She’s even got her own gutter running along the back wall to keep her space dry…

Now I’m wondering if Mr Green could quadruple the size of our house overnight; what do you reckon?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. That is some extension! I have been thinking about waterproof look out house for my cat outside. She loves sitting or laying in the garden, but she would certainly appreciate a bit more protection form the elements now it is getting colder. I will start dropping hints to my husband!

  2. Suzanne says:

    That is so much better! A bunny ought to have access to a run at all times so that is a great improvement. You just need a bunny friend for bunny green now as two bunnies are definitely better than one wink wink

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hmm….maybe! This man seems to be able to do just about anything! 🙂
    Great job Mr. Green!

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