Rabbit Hutch Designs
There are many possibilities for rabbit hutch designs. The first decision you need to make is how many rabbits will it house? A single hutch can be divided to provide shelter for several rabbits or it can house a single rabbit. A hutch usually sits outdoors on legs to keep the rabbit off the ground. Rabbits that spend a lot of time on the ground may end up with worms or other parasites.
If you are building a hutch for a single rabbit, measure out how large you want to make the hutch. A multiple rabbit hutch will be much larger and will need interior walls to divide it into separate living quarters. A hutch can be a single level or you can create two or more levels.
The framework will need to be built. Sturdy 2 x 4 lumber is a good choice for the frame. Plywood can serve well for making solid sides. Galvanized rabbit wire works well for the open walls. Make sure you get a heavy duty galvanized wire for the floor. Rabbits do well on one that measures ½ inch x 1 inch grid pattern. The holes are large enough to let droppings fall through yet small enough that it is not hard on the rabbit's feet.
You can attach the wire to the wood with heavy duty staples. Try to keep wooden corners from being inside the cage. Rabbits tend to chew on them, which will weaken your hutch and shorten its useful lifespan. Remember to make a door large enough for you to easily catch your rabbit and to make hutch cleaning easy.
If you want your rabbit hutch designs to contain more than one level, just make your frame taller. To compensate, you may want to shorten the legs of the hutch so you can easily reach all parts of the hutch and to add stability. Add an additional wire floor for the second story.
Cut a hole large enough for your rabbit to enter and exit. A ramp can be attached made of floor wire or wood with raised slats for traction. Make sure the ramp has plenty of room so the angle is not too steep.
If you choose to make a solid floor, be sure it is easy to access for cleaning. You may want to put bedding on it as well to help protect the wood. Dried pine shavings work well as bedding. Do not use cedar; many rabbits have bad reactions to the strong oils found in cedar wood.
Another way to consider rabbit hutch designs is to put together a small hutch and place it inside a larger fenced area. The rabbit has access to the ground in this large fenced area to exercise and play. If you do this style, make sure you can easily get inside the fence to clean the hutch.
Bury wire on the ground inside the fenced area to prevent your rabbit from digging out and predators from digging in. It is even better if you can top it all off with a protective roof to keep the rain from turning your bunny's yard into a muddy mess. During bad weather, bedding can be spread in the yard area for additional protection from the wet.
As you can see there are many options when it comes to rabbit hutch designs. Now it is time to make a list of the features you want for your hutch.
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