IF YOU decide to graze your rabbits in hutches where they will have access to lawn or pasture, these will need to be moved onto a fresh area of grass every day. That area should not be grazed again for six weeks as parasite numbers can build up, as with any grazing livestock. In particular, you want to avoid a build-up of E.cuniculi (see the top of page 49).
The second issue is RCD (rabbit calicivirus disease, also known as RHD, rabbit haemorrhagic disease). The risk is high for your domestic rabbits catching RCD. You can vaccinate your rabbits against it, but it is not a 100% guarantee. If they catch it, they are dead in 24 hours, it’s highly contagious and you should quarantine your rabbitry for three months. Don’t visit other people with rabbits.
On the plus side, fresh grass can be a cheap supplement to a diet of pellets, and watching baby rabbits run around playing is always fun.