One of the best things about building your own hutch is you get to make it the way you want. If you want to add wheels or a play yard, you can. You are limited only by your imagination.
Once you know what you want to incorporate into your hutch, you can start looking for similar plans. There are lots of free hutch plans available online. Start by finding one that has most of the features you wish to incorporate into your hutch. If you still want to add more, you can ask advice at your local home improvement store.
Print out your plans and take the materials list with you to the hardware store. You want to be sure and get everything you need in one trip if possible. When you get your materials home, lay them out and study the plans. Follow them step by step. Before you do any cutting, measure carefully. Making the wrong cut will waste your time, your materials and your money.
Once you have the frame together it will be easier to visualize the finished hutch. Attach your 14 gauge wire mesh securely. You can do this with either heavy duty construction staples or by sandwiching the wire between the frame and a piece of trim.
The wire is very important. It protects your rabbit while allowing plenty of good air circulation.
When you attach the door, use strong hinges and a sturdy latch. The door should be large enough to allow you to easily move your rabbit in and out of the cage. It should also be big enough to let you easily reach the far corners of the cage for cleaning. This may mean you might need to maneuver your shoulders into the opening.
The roof will offer more protection if it is slanted. A slanted roof lets rain run off to the ground instead of pooling on top. If you get snow, a slanted roof can assist you in removing snow accumulation. Be sure to use quality roofing materials so your rabbit is protected from weather extremes. Secure it well so windy conditions don't tear it apart.
Once you have your hutch put together, you'll need to add a water bottle and a feeder. If you use a J feeder, you'll need to cut a place in the wire mesh for the feeder to hang. A J feeder lets you fill it from the outside of the cage. Other options for feeding include heavy crocks that sit inside the cage or cups that can be secured to the wire. Each option has its pros and cons.
After you build your own rabbit hutch, you can introduce your rabbit to his new home. It is normal for your rabbit to explore every nook and cranny. You'll see them rub their chins on everything. This is how they mark their area with their scent. You can step back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
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