How to Build a Rabbit Hutch

Discovering how to build a rabbit hutch really isn't too difficult. If you are handy, you can probably design and build one yourself with no problem. If you are not used to working with construction materials, you may want to look at some of the free plans available online to guide you.

When you build a rabbit hutch you need to provide your rabbit with protection from the sun, wind and rain as well as predators. The hutch should also have an open area covered in heavy 14 gauge wire mesh to let your rabbit see the world around him and keep him safe from predators. Solid portions of your hutch can be made from high quality plywood. You'll probably want some legs on the hutch as well to keep your rabbit off of the damp ground.

Most hutches are made in the shape of a rectangle. One or two sides are covered in wire. The rest are enclosed in wood. Sturdy legs keep your rabbit safe from parasite infestation that they may pick up from the ground. Wire floors allow droppings to fall to the ground or into an attached tray for easy clean up.

Frame your hutch using 2 x 4s and wood screws. Wood screws will form a better fastening than nails. Attach plywood that has been cut to size on all sides that you wish to be covered. Attach the wire mesh by framing it in a wooden frame or by stapling it to the wood with heavy duty construction staples. Cut off any sharp ends on the wire that may hurt your rabbit.

Frame the door and hang it on the hutch with sturdy hinges. Attach the clasp that will keep the door securely closed. The clasp should be something that is easy for you to work with but will be hard for wild animals or your rabbit to undo.

Make sure that about a third of the hutch is somewhat enclosed so your rabbit has a private place to hide when he feels like it. Some people also put a wall separating the private area from the open area with an opening for your rabbit to use. This can make it difficult to reach in for cleaning the hutch or catching your rabbit, however.

The roof should be made of a material that will protect your rabbit from both sun and rain. You may want to add overhanging eaves to provide extra shade and protection from rain. The roof can be made of plywood and then covered in tar paper and roofing shingles. Alternatively, you may want to use corrugated fiberglass or metal panels on top of your plywood. Whichever you prefer, use the installation instructions for the materials you choose.

After you build a rabbit hutch, you need to find a good place to situate it. Choose a spot that offers extra protection from the heat of the sun in the summer and from wind and rain in the winter. If you have a shady spot or a protected corner near your home, this may work out perfectly. Once your hutch is finished and set in place, it is ready for your rabbit.

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