You can build a rabbit hutch that will weather any storm, or create a simple wooden frame covered in chicken wire for a quick and easy enclosure for your furry friend. Always place runs onto concrete slabs to stop your rabbit digging a way out and to stop a predator digging his way in! These are either single level (cages with wooden or plywood framework) or built on several levels (concrete cages, with watertight floor beneath straw litter). Sheds are more expensive than a hutch but for the price you pay, you get a lot more space and bad weather is no longer an issue. Rabbits do not tolerate sudden changes in temperature well, so moving a rabbit directly from the cold into your heated house may not be a good idea. Small spaces are quickly fouled with urine and feces, which creates an unhealthy environment for the rabbit.
Can they sit up, stretch, move comfortably without squishing into bowls, drinking bottles, toys, their sleeping and litterbox areas and the wire of the hutch. If you work during the day, they won’t mind so much being in a cage but, they must be let out for at least several hours to exercise and have social time with you everyday. If building a pen is out of the question, consider the Trixie Rabbit Hutch ($341) with an outdoor run, which offers shelter and roaming space, or the Homcom Deluxe Backyard Rabbit Hutch ($230) that has a spacious shelter and two roaming areas. Constructing an all-wire rabbit hutch is the easiest, most affordable option for the typical homesteader.
Your rabbit will get the most out of a structure that allows ample digging, tunneling, grazing, exploring, climbing, chewing, hiding and lookout” activities. A life spent confined to a hutch is boring, depressing, and stressful for a sensitive creature such as a rabbit. Water / feeders can be as simple as a old tuna cans wired to the side of the hutch or you can buy commercial quality equipment.
Rabbit and chicken droppings are mixed in the bedding material by the chickens, creating great compost. Many DIY shops also offer a cutting (and sometimes drilling service) quite cheaply (or sometimes free) so you can take you plans in an have the pieces cut to size ready for you to assemble. That means a 2-pound Netherland Dwarf buck can do nicely in a cage that is only 12″ x 18″.
I empty these every few weeks into the compost pile or around our orchard trees or wherever it’s needed in the garden (rabbit manure is a cold manure and can be used fresh, without composting). You should still keep in mind that rabbits don’t like wide, open spaces, so some other form of safe place should always be available in a large, open cage. A major benefit of keeping your rabbits in a shed is that you create a safe environment that is also more comfortable than for example a rabbit run. You can easily build a rabbit house in your house all selves rather than going to the market and making a customized outdoor and indoor bunny hutch.
Next step try to nail together the frames and add 2 x 4 panels on the top of it. if are living in a country where you experience harsh weather like winter and rainfall then you can attach screen panels to keep out the snow from the hutch. They really enjoy having the free room to roam and also be allowed to go into their hutch if they feel scared or just want to rest. This will also allow your pets to hide themselves from the predators providing them the ease of being safe and unreachable from their hutch. Hutch styles vary considerably, and a design exists for just about every taste.
When you are building a rabbit hutch you need to keep in mind a design that is very easy to clean, feeding them is easier and they have a lot of space for captivity. You should be able to find the wiring at any of the rabbit cage suppliers online. Try to join these panels together securely with a box and wire sheet to make a perfect hutch for rabbits.
As more and more people realize that a ‘Hutch is Not Enough’, rabbit owners are coming up with some really creative solutions to their rabbit housing. You should always shut your rabbit up in the hutch overnight for safety against predators. Hutches should be as large as possible, bigger really is better with a 6 foot hutch being the smallest suitable size. One of the benefits of house rabbit is that they are part of the bustle of family life, but your rabbit will also appreciate quiet time where they can escape from busy people and noise.
Where such a risk exists the openings of these accessories have to be protected too, because a mother rabbit does not usually guard her young as a dog or even a mother rat would do. Snake control, in countries where this is a problem, is a far more difficult matter. Now that your modular frame is finished it’s ready to hold up to six rabbit cages, four if you didn’t go modular. I’d probably take six inches to a foot off the depth of this hutch if that is a show stopper for you.
Now, I believe these plans are so good that I originally planned to charge a ton of money for them. A rabbit hutch which has pieces of wood or metal that twist as door securers are unsafe outdoors. Trees, plants and shrubs provide shade during sunny days and cover from the wind and rain, but certain types of trees and plants can repel those nasty creepy crawlies that rabbits and rabbit owners find so offensive. In order to make this rabbit hutch, you will need a good supply of plywood, mesh wire, hinges, lock and nails. Access to the buck’s cage should be simple so that the does can be easily introduced and removed.
The rabbit should have room to stretch his body out fully in any direction – you’d be surprised how long that can be. The pen’s length should be a minimum length of 6 feet for a single rabbit, which gives him the ability to take three or four hops before reaching the opposite end. Double the one pound of rabbit per one square foot, using the combined weight of your rabbits.
At night, we close the little trap door of the hutch to keep them safe from any night predator. Once your pet appears to be a little better, then handle it with care and treat it for shock but just letting the rabbit rest in a cool, quiet place. Most untreated wood is fine for example pine, for sheets – plywood is fairly commonly used to build outdoor rabbit housing. To the inside of the bottom of this frame, attach metal L-brackets to hold the cage.