How Many Rabbits Can Live Together? In 8 Easy Tips!
How many rabbits can live together? That depends on how many you can sustain to make ends meet with 2-4 rabbits in your hutch. It’s your choice.
Rabbits in the wild spend their lives as a part of a large group. Yes, they are in packs like wolves and other animals that live in a large group.
This large pack of rabbits is called ‘warren.’
Since rabbits grow with their family, there isn’t a limit on the number of rabbits that can live together. The only constraining factor that you face is the amount of space that you could provide.
Yes, it is fun watching hopping bunnies around your lawn but do you have enough space to let them live on?
You have to make some adjustments if you want more than one rabbit.
If you want multiple rabbits, get ready to provide a proper environment to fulfill their needs.
Here are some tips to help you with that matter.
8 Tips On How To Keep Multiple Pet Rabbits
Wanting to raise more rabbits will require you more; these tips will help you prepare for a life full of bunnies.
Let’s understand how many rabbits can live together.
In raising rabbits, it is essential to support them with a proper environment to live in. The things you should consider are the following:
#1. Enough space
If you want to keep multiple rabbits, you will need to give them enough space to move around.
Each rabbit should at least have twelve square feet area. So keeping lots of rabbits requires as much space as needed.
The trick is to measure the rabbit on how long they stretch out then multiply them by four.
That way, you’ll know how much space you will need for each rabbit you have.
If you want, you could also purchase both a nice hutch and a run that are large enough to house your rabbits.
If you have enough space and decide to accommodate bunnies outside, make sure to create space that mimics bunnies’ natural environment.
Some people set up more than one rabbit cage and join them using rabbit tunnels. Setting up tunnels is a great way to provide an environment that mimics their natural environment.
Even if you are housing rabbits outside, provide them a confined area to sleep and relax because bunnies feel scared without a home burrow to run to.
A friend of mine asked for my help on how to keep multiple rabbits. She had an extensive background and a large hutch that could fit up to 4 bunnies inside.
So when she said that their hutch looks empty, she decided to have another rabbit so her pet won’t be lonely.
#2. Food and water
Food and water are essential needs of rabbits, so as the pet owner, having more rabbits means having to provide for more.
Be sure to provide enough pellets, hay, fresh fruits, vegetables, and water to sustain their nutritional needs.
Each adult should have a half cup of pellets, 2 ounces of fruits and vegetables daily for every six pounds of their body weight.
You might also have to place food in several places inside the cage. This is to prevent rabbits from fighting against each other for food.
More rabbits also mean more cleaning. Sanitation or keeping their hutches clean is a must to prevent rabbits from catching various diseases.
Having multiple rabbits will require you to clean their cages quite more often. Their mess from food and water consumption will be more significant, and soiled areas will also increase.
If not cleaned regularly, dirty hutches can be a source of spreading a number of infectious diseases.
Focus on cleaning areas where the rabbits go to the bathroom. They will most likely pick different places, so expect to regularly clean various areas with urine and feces.
#4. Acclimating rabbits
Adapting to the new environment, rabbits may be shy or be aggressive when having an addition to their home. Another way to have multiple rabbits is to acclimate them.
#5. Have the pet rabbits spayed or neutered
If possible, have your rabbits fixed so that they can’t reproduce. Having multiple rabbits is your goal, but we don’t want numerous unwanted reproductions, do we?
Getting them fixed will eliminate unwanted litter and could calm their behaviors. The calmer the rabbits are, the more comfortable they could get used to each other.
Male rabbits could be neutered at the age of 3-5 months, while four-month-old female rabbits could be spayed already.
Don’t just throw a rabbit one after the other in a cage and expect them to get to know each other by themselves.
Rabbits could be territorial, so you’ll need to gradually and gently introduce them to each other.
This way, the rabbits will get to know each other before getting caged in one place. A gradual introduction means to allow them to sniff each other (their way of saying hi for the first meeting) for a minute or two.
Or you could place a fence between them so they could gradually sniff each other without the unnecessary fighting.
In introducing rabbits, introduce them in neutral territory. It will minimize territorial behavior and will start their relationship fresh.
This method worked with my friend’s case. She first started to separate the two bunnies then gradually let them meet. Now they’re best of friends.
#7. Separate sexes
If your pets have not been neutered or spayed, make sure that you separate them. Both male and female rabbits that live in the same cage will multiply quickly. Then you will have an instant family of rabbits in your cell.
Female rabbits are capable of reproducing a litter of 9 bunnies every 30 days.
So imagine having these babies also get pregnant, then they’ll multiply and more.
How frustrating would that be? Having to grow an incredible number of bunnies is not easy.
So separating sexes should be done when there are bunnies that haven’t been neutered and spayed.
#8. Separate enemies
It’s not the typical enemy we are talking about but the rabbits that don’t get along.
Of course, some of these instances are because of their cages’ sudden mix without a proper introduction.
But if your bunnies still do not get along after the opening, keep them apart permanently.
Although they can’t be kept in the same cage together, this doesn’t mean they can’t get along forever.
Having their cells near or beside each other could give them access to still see each other, but the separation will keep bunnies away from the fighting.
So, the answer to the question ‘how many rabbits can live together?’ is entirely up to how much space you can provide.
Also, the food and effort you’re willing to give your bunnies.
Having a bunny or two could not be a big problem, but having more might also require you more.
Being a responsible pet owner means having to provide proper and enough necessities for your pets. To provide proper space you can purchase a nice hutch for your bunnies.
Some people use a dog crate or pen to house a number of bunnies because the crate is used to accommodate larger dogs so they can provide ample space for your bunnies to jump, play and stay active.
I was thinking of finding thumper a partner. A female rabbit, perhaps? I’m also excited to see baby bunnies hopping along with my backyard, but maybe my area wouldn’t be enough if they multiply.
Nevertheless, these tips I shared helped my friend a lot when deciding whether she’ll keep another rabbit. They have a larger area for a rabbit’s den, so the space requirement didn’t bother her.
I hope these tips will also help you in deciding and preparing for a life full of bunnies. But always remember to be responsible with your pet, okay?