One thing I’ve noticed in the last couple of months is cleanliness. The shelving for the cubbies are made of wood, and, while I use a paint scraper to clean them, they don’t seem to get perfectly clean. I would like to have a second rabbitat, so that the first one can be aired out and scrubbed with oxygen bleach to get it good and clean.
This winter (2015) was our first winter with rabbits. On Vancouver Island, we get a lot of rain. This makes the runs pretty mucky. We’re going to have to figure out a good system for drainage. When we have our own property, I may set up the entire system on cement, with drainage systems built in. This would also make deep cleaning the coop a little easier.
My main concern is in the long term. Often when raising rabbits colony style, the problems don’t show themselves until later on. At Vela Creations, for instance, in an email conversation with them, their big problems came around year four or five. Disease resistance plummeted, and they started up their hybrid colony style system (which is worth the look!). I’ve read it in other places too, such as Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits. So that’s something to be aware of, wary of, and prepare for.