How To Build The Perfect Bunny Hutch

The University of Tennessee Extension maintains a collection of over 300 building and equipment plans, and all are now available in electronic format for download. Rabbit manure is one of the best things for gardening , and according to The Urban Homestead , it is the only manure that can be applied directly to plants without burning” them. Two mesh doors and a front door on the top level give easy access to the top part of the hutch. Having a hutch that allows them to do this inquisitive move will allow them to behave the way they would in the wild and they will be much happier for it.

One of the benefits of building your own cage is it doesn’t have to look like a cage. For example if you were building a cage that was 24”x48′ you would cut 4 pieces at 48” and 2 pieces at 24”. The litter box is in the private compartment of the hutch and has pine shavings in it. Straw is put on the floor throughout the rest of the hutch. Standard rabbit hutches are made using wood, roofing material and metal wiring.

Treated lumber will hold up better against the elements but use non-toxic or non treated lumber if the rabbit(s) can come in contact with it. Treated lumber can kill a rabbit if it chews on it and it will. You may also want to consider purchasing a pre-made rabbit cage and simply building the frame around it. Waterers may be too, but here is a way to make your own waterer that keeps the water source outside of the hutch with the drinking spout protruding inside. So, if you are looking to save a ton of money, building cages may not be for you. Always choose professional plans and invest in the best quality lumber you can afford (pressure treated lumber, cedar, pine).

This way you can try not gluing these together so you could add or remove them as your rabbit herd size changes. We will be building wooden bins (one long bin under each of our four rows of cages). The casters on the bottom make it easy to move the hutch from place to place without having to lift it. Measurements of the hutch are 24”w x 29.8” l x 31.3” h. It is the perfect size for one larger rabbit or two mini sized ones. Most were placed on the floor of an out building or put on legs and tucked away at the bottom of the vegetable patch.

Thank you for reading our project about how to build a rabbit hutch and we recommend you to check out the rest of the projects. Building the front door for the hutch is an easy procedure, as you need just 2×2 lumber and a piece of chicken wire. The hutch is beautiful and I get lovely comments on it. My 2 rabbits are living in luxury. Protect the wood from the rabbits’ teeth – Rabbits are chewers and if they can reach the wood portions of the rabbit hutch, they will have a blast chewing as much wood as they can.

Galvanized metal studs work well because of strength plus not rotting and not getting eaten by the rabbit like wood. Provide them with proper ventilation; build the hutch tall so that predators do not reach your loving pet. Hygiene & Management – Keeping living, exercise and sleeping areas of a rabbit house clean and free from harmful beasties and chemicals are vital. I encourage rabbit owners to take design elements from several of these plans to make something which will work for any given set of circumstances.

It is a rabbit hutch made with a length of 8 feet which frames are 2 x 4 this frames is made with wooden materials and nailed with mesh wire according to the size of it. Once you are done with the bottom frame, you can add side panels to the hutch. You will be placing wheels at all four corners and at least two more in the middle on the perimeter of the hutch.

Ideally, you should be able to see the hutch from your house, so you can keep an eye out for predators or escaped bunnies. Today, many European breeders still use sound-floored cages, but most American hutches join wire and wood to produce risk-free and sanitary rabbit housing. Social Rabbit Housing – Rabbits are happier in social groups, at the minimum in a pair.