What is the best rabbit fencing?
Whether you need to keep rabbits out of your garden OR you want to enclose them in a certain space for safety, you’ll need proper rabbit fencing.
The problem is always that rabbits are avid jumpers and diggers who will find their way through fences either by squeezing or digging their tiny bodies through.
We’ve never lost one of our pet rabbits through a fence, and that’s because we use fencing and cages that are designed for rabbits.
Best Rabbit Fence
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There is a wide variety of rabbit fencing on the market, and generally speaking, you get what you pay for.
Take a look at the options in this table to get a good idea of what’s available and what it might cost. Pricing will depend on the size of your garden or rabbit run, but it can be kept affordable.
Thankfully, there are some types of fencing that are guaranteed to keep rabbits in or out of your garden, which we’ll take a look at below.
Alternatively, consider using one of these top rabbit repellents to keep wild bunnies out of your veggie patch.
1. YARDGARD Garden Rabbit Fence
Starting off with one of the most popular garden rabbit fencings out there.
The YARDGARD 308376B is a multipurpose wire fencing that will help you keep the rabbit in or out with ease.
This one is made of metal wires but they’re coated with a PVC layer to protect the wire from rusting and prevent the rabbits from injuries.
The roll is available in various sizes to choose from, reaching anywhere from 28 inches high to 3 feet high, which is enough to keep almost all domestic rabbit species from jumping over the fence.
The mesh openings get closer and smaller as you go down, to keep smaller rabbits from squeezing their way through the fencing.
I’ve tried and tested this rabbit fencing and it’s actually really good for most rabbits. Of course, it doesn’t protect them from above, but it certainly keeps them from chewing through.
This is more of a decorative rabbit fencing in that it’s green and blends in better with ordinary surroundings.
- Metal durability and PVC layer protection
- High enough to prevent rabbits from bouncing over
- Can be cut to a suitable length easily with a wire cutter
2. Abba Rabbit Fencing
If you’re looking for pretty light and easy-to-use fence, you should consider a plastic fence.
In that case, the Abba Patio Snow Fence is one good option.
I used this type of fencing with my rabbits to start off with, because I was trying to cut down on costs. However, my bunnies eventually learned they could chew through it and it was no good.
They didn’t escape because I caught them in the act, but if I hadn’t replaced it with metal fencing, the certainly would have.
Nevertheless, this bunny fence is super easy to cut and taylor to your needs. Not only that, but it also comes in a wide variety of heights and lengths.
The holes on the fence are about 1.7 x1.7 inches wide. This is enough to prevent them going from passing in or out easily.
- Highly affordable
- Can be as high as 4 feet
- Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles.
3. Origin Point Rabbit Wire
If you’re looking for durability rather than height, then this type of rabbit fencing is your best bet.
Origin Point Garden Zone is a wire fencing that is made of 16-gauge galvanized steel.
It’s a super durable option that will prevent even the largest rabbits from overpowering the fence or breaking through it. Additionally, it’s designed to go narrower to the bottom and wider to the top, which allows you to pass your hands through for feeding.
This sturdy fencing is a bit pricey. Yet, it’s one of the best options for anyone who is struggling to keep their rabbits contained.
I ultimately ended up using a fencing option like this. Compared to plastic of PVC fencing, this is impenetrable to rabbit – especially if you install it underground a little bit.
- Ideal for heavy chewers
- Durable construction
- Wider on top and narrower on the bottom
4. Midwest Homes Rabbit Playpen
If you simply need a temporary way to keep rabbits in or out of the garden, this playpen is suiatble.
We used one of these pens when our rabbits were really young. They couldn’t dig under it escape through the side, and it came with a cover over top.
The problem is that they’re small so it’s not good as your rabbit grows, but when they’re baby bunnies they are great. I still use these fence pieces today as a way to keep my dog out of my glass houses!
This fencing is super easy to put together without needing any special tools, making it easy to assemble even for beginners. It comes with 8 ground anchors to secure the fence to the ground and prevent the rabbits from moving it around.
The fencing is extremely versatile and can house rabbits, dogs, cats, and more! It can also be used indoors and outdoors. The fencing is foldable to save a lot of space when it’s not in use.
- Excellent temporary housing option
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Good for young rabbits
5. ALLISANDRO Rabbit Fences
Last but not least, this one is an excellent alternative to the previous entry.
Unlike the previous one, this one is assembled using panels and clips that hold them together. This means that you can shape them in any form or length you want depending on the number of panels you have.
This one can also go up to 4 feet, which is more than enough to keep your rabbits from bouncing over. However, to do this, you’ll have to stack two cages worth of panels above each other.
Similar to the previous option, this one has an option with a door, which allows you to quickly release your rabbits for free playtime whenever you want.
It’s not ideal for older rabbit that need a bit more space, but it’s good for when you need temporary fencing for rabbits.
- Can be shaped in a wide variety of ways
- Can be used for various purposes
- Extremely easy to set up with panels design
How To Keep Rabbits Out Of Garden
If you want to know how to keep rabbits out of your garden then check out the great video guide above.
That will teach you some methods of animal proofing your garden.
There are many options, and most people have to resort to using a special type of fencing that rabbits cannot dig under.
Alternatives, such as using poisens or traps, are not ideal because they can contaminate the environment and be cruel.
Shooting rabbits is another options, but again, not everyone likes to do that, and it’s not possible in built up areas outside of the country.
Based on the video guide above, you can decide on what type of fencing is suitable for you.
If you do not like the look of wire fencing (as I’m not a fan of), install a decorative rabbit fencing next to it – for example, a pretty picket fence.
At the end of the day, rabbits in your garden isn’t the end of the world.
We used to always have rabbits in our garden until we got a dog and we quite enjoyed them. Yes, they can destroy pasture and create holes, but there’s something cool about having a rabbit family playing on your front lawn at dawn.
There are also plenty of cheap simple front yard landscaping ideas you can use to help tidy up any unsightly aspects of having rabbits in your garden.
- Planting a lot of shrubs to cover holes
- Mowing the lawn often to pick up rabbit droppings
- Covering plants you don’t want to be eaten by rabbits
Wild rabbits are naturally part of most ecosystems, so they aren’t all bad.
How To Choose The Best Rabbit Fencing
Choosing the ideal fencing for rabbits depends mainly on the following factors. Let’s check them out.
One thing you should know is that the jump height varies greatly among species. However, most pet rabbits wouldn’t jump any higher than 4 feet high.
Smaller rabbit species wouldn’t jump any higher than 2 to 3 feet. Keep in mind that some rabbits won’t jump that high unless they’re fleeing a dog chase or they’re scared of something. The average bunny bounce is usually about 1.5 to 2 feet high.
If you’re planning to use rabbit fencing to keep rabbits out of your kitchen garden for safety, it’s a wiser idea to use the fencing to keep them out than confine them in a small space.
In that case, choosing fencing rolls (metal or plastic) should be a better idea. However, if you want to temporarily keep them in housing for any specific reason, you’re better off with easier options, such as metal playpens and roofless cages.
1. Plastic Fencing Rolls
Plastic fencing rolls are quickly becoming the most common type on the market.
They’re made of specific kinds of plastics, such as polypropylene.
They’re pliable and easy to bend and shape to your likings, which makes them super handy if you want to custom design your fencing.
Since they’re pretty soft, they come in the shape of rolls. Most plastic fencing rolls on the market are usually about 25 to 50 feet long and come in various heights to suit different needs.
The ventilation in this type of fencing is made in the form of punched holes to suitable sizes to keep the air and visibility while preventing small animals from squeezing through.
- Easily installed and shaped to your likings
- Affordable price
- Prevent animals from squeezing through
- Safe and won’t injure rabbits
- Can be excessively lightweight, so not suitable for large rabbit and hare species
- Heavy chewers can cut through flimsy ones
2. Metal Fencing Rolls
Wire or metal fencing is one of the most reliable fencing types when it comes to rabbits. They’re designed in the form of crossed lines of mesh wires.
These mesh wires create pretty small holes that keep visibility clear and the air cycle going, but still small enough for squeezing through. They’re a bit heavier than plastic fencing rolls, which is a double-edged weapon.
On one hand, they’re more difficult to work with and might injure the pets with sharp bits (lower quality ones). On the other hand, this makes it a solid fence that even the largest rabbits can’t chew on or bounce over.
- Durable and chew proof
- Can be shaped to cover the area you want
- Prevent animals from squeezing through
- Slightly more difficult to use
- Cheap ones can injure rabbits
3. Metal Playpens & Roofless Cages
These are roofless cages and playpens that are designed to be used for rabbits as an outdoor hutch, but can also be used indoors.
They’re easy to assemble and help in confining rabbits into a specific space if they’re higher than 2 or more feet (24 inches or more).
The problem with these playpens is that they’re considered pricier per space covered. However, they’re excellent for temporary housing if you want to keep your rabbits in.
- Easily assembled and used
- Perfect for temporary confinement
- Smaller rabbits may squeeze through ones with large holes
- Relatively smaller confinement space
Rabbit Fencing Ideas
Hopefully these rabbit fencing ideas have helped you to choose the best option for your situation.
We have two pet rabbits that we want to keep inside the garden, PLUS we want to keep most of the wild rabbits outside of our garden.
I’ve experimented with a lot of different types of rabbit fencing and ultimately it comes down to what you’re wanting to achieve.
Metal fencing is by far the best because rabbits can’t chew through it, but a metal rabbit run is best for pets because that way they’re protected from airbourne predators.
Plastic rabbit fencing is OK for a time, but it’s more than likely your bunny will learn to chew through it, so it’s only a temporary fix.
A rabbit pen is good for young or small bunnies, but unless you join many together, they’re too small for older rabbits.
And for those farmers who just want to keep rabbits away, you’ve got to go all in on proper commerical rabbit fencing, Anything else is just a bandaid.
A rabbit or group of rabbits will always find their way in without the best permenant rabbit proofing.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments down below.