Whether you need to keep rabbits out of your garden or want to enclose them in a certain space for safety, you’ll need proper rabbit fencing. The problem is, rabbits are avid jumpers and diggers who will find their way through fences either by squeezing or digging their tiny bodies through.
Thankfully, there are some types of fencing that are guaranteed to keep rabbits in or out of your garden!
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 (and hopefully keeping rabbit predators out)!
Easily installed and shaped to your likings
Prevent animals from squeezing through
Safe and won’t injure rabbits
Can be excessively lightweight, so not suitable for super large rabbit and hare species
Heavy chewers can cut through flimsy ones
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. A metal rabbit run is the gold standard.
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
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
How To Choose The Best Rabbit Fencing
Choosing the ideal fencing for rabbits depends mainly on the following factors. Let’s check them out.
Species of the Rabbits
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.
Purpose of Fencing
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.
Best Rabbit Fencing Systems
To make the search process easier for you, we’ve scoured the market looking for the best options that you’d find out there and compiled this top 5 list.
Here’s what these rabbit fencing options have to offer!
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.
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
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 your way to go.
This one is also designed to house rabbits or keep them out as you look. It’s super easy to cut and design to your needs. Not only that, but it also comes in a wide variety of heights and lengths to suit your likings. It can go as high as 4 feet.
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.
If you’re looking for durability rather than height, then this one 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 the last resort for anyone who is struggling to keep their rabbits contained.
If you’re planning to keep your rabbits temporarily in for any purpose, you should consider a quick and easy pet playpen.
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.
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!
Can be shaped in a wide variety of ways
Can be used for various purposes
Extremely easy to set up with panels design
Keep Rabbits Out Of Garden
If you were wanting to know how to keep rabbits out of your garden (rather than keeping them in!), then check out this great video guide above. That will teach you some methods of animal proofing your garden (more ideas here).
With that said, you now have a better idea of fences for rabbits.
Based on this guide, you can decide on what type of fencing is suitable for you. If you do not like the look of wire fencing, install a decorative rabbit fencing next to it – for example, a pretty picket fence.