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BRITISH RABBIT COUNCIL CODE OF PRACTICE - HOUSING
1. The most common form of accommodation is a hutch.
2. Most fanciers now keep their hutches in sheds; however there may still be fanciers who continue to keep their stock outside.
3. If rabbits are kept outside it is essential that:-
4. If rabbits are kept in a shed there are other considerations.
5. Whether rabbits are kept outdoors or in sheds there are some considerations relevant to both circumstances.
Rabbits should be exposed to natural light as far as possible.
The term stress is usually used to describe a situation in which environmental conditions are having an adverse effect on an individual. Stress is a state, the environmental factors that lead to stress are stressors and the individuals under stress show stress responses.
There are many factors that influence the response of an individual to stress; these include previous experience and/or familiarity of the stressor, genetic predisposition and individual vulnerability.
Stressful situations are usually associated with a lack of control and can be particularly severe if the individual is unable to predict events. The most stressful situations are often those that would be most diligently avoided in the wild.
Stressors can be categorised as emotional or physical.
Examples of stressors that may affect rabbits:
Behaviour pattern occurring in response to various stressors: