Willow Woods Bunny Boarding is an indoor bunny boarding facility located in Hoppers Crossing (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), just 25 minutes’ drive from the city.
An indoor environment suits bunnies better as the ambient temperature can be controlled, the risk of attacks by predators can be reduced and largely eliminated, and the risk of contracting myxomatosis or calicivirus through mosquito bites can be reduced.
Rabbits are accommodated in a large room on the first floor of our premises, which is strictly for rabbits only.
Fresh Air and Natural Light
Exposure to natural light is possible through fly-screened windows and skylights (the row of 3 “fluorescent lights” shown in the photo below are skylights with diffuser panels).
Industrial extractor fans, which extract stale air and introduce fresh air into the facility at a rate of 8 to 12 changes an hour in accordance with DEPI’s code for indoor boarding establishments, are used in our facility.
Reverse cycle refrigerative air-conditioning/heating units are used in our facility, and the ambient temperature is maintained at a comfortable level at all times.
All bunnies are housed in metal cages or metal play pens, separated from one another with white solid-core boards.
Our cages or playpens are placed on the floor individually, and are not stacked vertically.
Option A: Cage (XXL 48″ dog crate), measuring 122 cm (L) by 75 cm (W) by 83 cm (H); suitable for only one or two elderly or less active rabbits per cage. [Note: These cages are a lot bigger in person than shown in the photo, but will not suit giant rabbits.]
Option B: 2 m by 1 m play pen; maximum capacity of 4 rabbits per play pen.
Option C: 1.6 m by 1.6 m play pen; maximum capacity of 5 rabbits per play pen.
Option D: 3 m by 1 m play pen; maximum capacity of 6 rabbits per play pen.
Playpens can be combined to achieve larger layouts, ie. to have a 2 m by 2 m playpen configuration, book two separate 2 m by 1 m playpens.
Our aim is to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, to reduce the risk of infectious diseases being spread from boarder to boarder.
The bases of cages or pens and litter trays are cleaned and disinfected with vanodine or F10 daily. They are also washed with detergent under running water after each bunny checks out. All foam board separators are washed and disinfected when soiled or when each bunny checks out of the facility.
In addition, a UV air steriliser is used to prevent the transmission of air-borne viruses and bacteria amongst our bunny boarders.
Before and after our daily cleaning and disinfection routine:
Igloos or Boxes
Bunnies will be provided with the largest-sized igloo hide-outs, which gives them a sense of security as they will have somewhere to retreat into. Cardboard boxes are provided for bunnies who love to chew cardboard or are too big for the igloo hide-outs.
Tunnels are provided in play pens.
Litter trays will be provided. These will be cleaned and disinfected with vanodine or F10 on a daily basis.
There is a choice of a corner tray with a metal grid, or a rectangular tray with or without an additional sieve-like tray.
The corner tray with metal grid will keep your bunny’s feet from becoming soiled, and also, prevent access to the paper litter pellets, which are discarded daily and replenished with fresh supplies.
The rectangular litter tray will be lined with newspaper, which is covered with hay. There is an option to add a sieve-like tray, to limit access to the soiled newspaper and to keep your bunny’s feet dry.
There is a choice of a bowl or a bottle with a large spout. Bottles or bowls are washed daily and replenished with fresh supplies of cleaning drinking water. However, our experience has been that most rabbits would not use our drinking bottles, so it would be advisable to bring along your own bottles.
All bunnies are given fresh vegetables everyday, and an unlimited supply of oaten hay.
There is an option to purchase extra serving of timothy hay at $1 per day. This is in addition to unlimited oaten hay, which is included in the boarding rates.
Lucerne hay will only be given to bunnies below the age of 6 months.
If you would like your bunnies to be fed dry pellets or mixes, be sure to pack an ample supply for the duration of their stay, as these are not included in our rates.
Socialisation / Playtime
All bunnies are socialised and provided with daily cuddles and pats. However, bunnies from different families will not come into contact during their stay. This is to avoid the risk of fights and injuries.
In the interest of infection control, bunnies do not share any facilities during their stay. They remain in their accommodation for the full duration of their stay.
Boarding rates include:
– unlimited supply of oaten hay
– daily serving of vegetables
– daily cleaning and disinfection of flooring, litter tray, water bottle & dishes
– cuddles & pats
– use of equipment: litter tray, water bottle, dishes & toys
– climate control
– 24/7 security
Weekly photo updates via our Facebook page are complimentary for all boarding bunnies, while weekly video updates via our Facebook page are available for bunnies booked into tent pens or teepee pens.
Note: Updates via phone / email / Facebook messages are not part of our service, and may incur additional charges.
Refer to our packing list as a guide for packing for your bunny’s boarding stay.
Our boarding facility is open for inspection only on Saturdays between 11 am to 12:30 pm by appointment only. Other inspection times are not possible, so as to minimise disruption to our boarders’ quiet enjoyment of our boarding facility during the week.
More photos of our facility, cages, exercise pens and toys are available on our Facebook page.
Availability / Online Booking
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