Keeping Flies Out of the Rabbit Hutch Naturally



Keeping animals outdoors often means a gathering of pesky flies in our barn, yard, or both. Flies are an inevitability as we move into the spring and summer months, and keeping flies out of the rabbit hutch is a job not to be taken lightly.

Keeping Flies Out of the Rabbit Hutch Naturally - Stone Family Farmstead

Rabbits are especially vulnerable to swarms of flies because they can fall victim to a condition called “flystrike”. According to Chris McLaughlin in her About.com article Treating Flystrike in Rabbits, “…flies are attracted to manure, urine, and otherwise wet or damp areas,” which definitely includes our rabbit’s hutch tray. It is possible for your rabbit’s rear end to get wet and mucky with the urine and feces, and that’s when flies strike (no pun intended). They lay their eggs on that wet and soiled area of your rabbit, creating a situation where your rabbit is now a host to a mess of maggots, eventually leading to your bunny’s death.

There are many things that can be done to keep flies out of the rabbit hutch. These are the strategies that I personally use:

Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

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Comments

  1. What a great idea and so much safer for the rabbits!

    Thanks for linking up on the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

  2. Ooooh, I love the idea of hanging the rosemary to keep flies at bay! Maybe they don’t care for the strong scent. ;0D Brilliant!

  3. Hi Kristi Stone,

    It is a great way to make our rabbits safe and healthy. Your strategy is also awesome.

    Thanks for sharing this great information here with us.

  4. You were saying what you used around your rabbits to keep the flies away and you mentioned DE and pine shavings. Can you explain what DE is to this novice please? Thanks.

  5. Hi! My beloved rabbit Pepper died a few days ago from flystrike. Such a terrible way for my little fella to die, and I feel so bad about it. I am looking into new hutches, and none of them have fly proof screening however.

    I really want another rabbit but I am hesitant because of the flies. Have you had any issues with flystrike using these natural remedies?

    Thank you!

  6. We planted fly repellent plants in gardens around our rabbit pens like rosemary and marygolds

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