The first fall here we got our rabbits and brought them home to cages we had made for them. each in individual cages installed against the wind and shaded from the heat. They lasted well thru that first Aug. and into fall, even thru a rather rough winter. The following spring was rather cold and we lost four litters to the cold. We tried breeding again but again cold nights and then we were into summer and it came with heat as high as 114F I kept my rabbits misted and shaded but it wasn’t enough as one after another was dying on us. finally we were down to the last rabbit and took it out of the cage and turned it loose with the chickens below on the ground. He was able to get water out of chicken water fine and he loved using the turkey nesting box as a borrow although did dig out a couple of times only to return when dogs chased him. Finally one day when free ranging chicken we allowed him to free range as he was last one we had. He made a borrow for day time in the hay bin and had to be careful not to hit him when feeding goats but every night like the chickens he would return to the yard. He seemed so much happier and as July and Aug hit were afraid would lose him too but no he just kept hanging on. Finally winter hit and one day noticed he was digging out in the free ranging field and then disappeared. Thought well a coyote must of got him as wasn’t coming in with chickens anymore. When to our surprise one night early in March as weather here started warming up he all of sudden came back in with the chickens one night. This began my thinking rabbits natural live closer to ground and in colonies and I started thinking about how I could raise rabbits in a more natural way. Did some online research and yes a few people raise rabbits this way. So got to thinking rabbits need a place in barn that isn’t individual cages will keep those for sick or hurt rabbits but want to try to raise my meat rabbits with the best life possible till time to process for the table like I do with all my other animals. Daughter holding peanut our one rabbit that survived our first attempt. think as I learn will try colony raising.