Building Rabbit Hutches

Building rabbit hutches isn't too difficult, even for the inexperienced. Rabbit hutches can be made very simply. They don't need to be complex. All a hutch really needs to do is provide your rabbit with a secure place to live. As long as it keeps them dry, warm and protected and gives them access to plenty of good ventilation, they're happy.

You can find plans for rabbit hutches for free online or you can design your own. The one thing to keep in mind is make it easy to clean. Make sure you can easily reach every nook and cranny. You should feel at home working with your rabbit's hutch.

If you become good at building rabbit hutches, you may actually build a nice little business for yourself by building cages for those who live in your area. Design a simple hutch that doesn't cost a lot to build and you'll be set.

Make sure you know all of your measurements before you buy your materials so you don't find yourself running short. If possible, you only want to make one trip to the hardware or farm supply store. Keep in mind all of the nails, screws, wire, wood, hinges, clasp and roofing materials you may need. Some roofing materials need special equipment or fasteners, so do your research so you can get it all at once.

Following your plan, measure each piece carefully before you cut. Label and organize your pieces so you can find them easily during construction. Arrange to have someone help if possible; it makes it easier to work on the framework and such if you have a second pair of hands.

When building rabbit hutches, start with the framework. Your hutch should have long enough legs to lift the cage well off the ground. This will keep your pet safe from the damp as well as any parasites they may pick up from the ground like fleas and worms.

Once you have the framework built, you can add the sides and back. These can be solid to protect your rabbit from bad weather. If you opt to have more than one open side, you can attach Visqueen or a tarp over that side during the winter to keep out the wind and rain.

Attach your wire from the inside. Don't ever use chicken wire or hardware cloth for the floor of the cage; if you want a wire floor you should use 1 x ½ inch woven wire mesh in 14 gauge. Wire walls should also be made of 14 gauge woven wire, but you can choose a weave that is bigger, such as 1 x 2. Predators can tear through chicken wire and lighter hardware cloth easily.

Attach the door. Some hutches have wire doors, some have wire doors in a wooden frame and some have wooden doors. Use whatever you like best. No matter what you choose, make sure you secure it well. Follow the directions for your roofing materials to keep the rain out.

Once you have finished building rabbit hutches, find a protected spot for them to sit in your yard. This may be against a fence, under a tree or near the house. Make sure it is not in the direct sun.

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