Rabbit Hutch Designs
Which Type Will Fit Your Needs

The best rabbit hutch designs are usually made from welded wire. These are easier to keep clean and to disinfect than wood ones. This cuts way down on diseases within the rabbits.

One consideration to think about when buying or building a rabbit hutch is that it should be self-cleaning. This simply means that the floor should not be solid. With this design the moisture, droppings, and dirt do not accumulate.

Rabbits like to chew on wood, this is why if wood is going to be used it should only be part of the framework not the insides of the cages. The insides should be of wire. If the wood is going to be touching the rabbits, treated wood should not be used to prevent harm.

Numerous rabbit hutch designs have been manufactured. A basic hutch that is used in rabbitries measures 36 inches in length, 30 inches in width, and 18 inches for the height. The conventional styles have an overall rectangular shape and sides. The Quonset styles are a more elongated, dome-like configuration. Doors can be made with hinges placed on a side, bottom, or top.

These hutches are normally mounted onto some type of framework that is raised off the ground by legs. This framework includes shelter from the rain, sun, and wind also through using a roof and possibly a couple of the sides shielded.

A typical hutch consists of 2 wire cages each measuring 30 x 36. Each one is enough room for a doe (medium size) and her litter or about 5 - 7 fryer-type rabbits to live.

All the wire used in the construction of the hutches must be welded-galvanized wire. 14-gauge is used to build the hutch sides, top, and doors, while 16-gauge is used for the flooring.

One important note here; the floors should always be attached in such a way that the baby bunnies can't fall through the cracks. You do this by bending up the edges of the bottom of the cage. About 3 inches around the edges in fact. You need to remove a small section measuring 3 x 3 at each corner for the flooring to bend up right. Insert steel rods at the rear and front flooring edges with hog rings.

Attach either the Quonset or conventional style rabbit hutch designs to their flooring after completing building them. Position the cages with their partitions on the flooring and attach with hen-cage small clips. For the conventional version attach back and front sides to the flooring that has been previously bent up. Fasten the partition at the ends and not where the doors are being made.

The Quonset hutches get attached to the flooring with hen-cage small clips or hog rings about 5 inches apart. Attach the middle partition to the top or the hutch.

Cut the openings for the doors on the front for each section. Make the opening smaller than the doors themselves by about 2 inches width and height. Smooth any sharp wires that could be sticking out. Attach the doors with hen-cage large clips to act as hinges. Attach around the door openings the #9 wire also using the large clips. Add the door latches to finish off the hutch.

Both rabbit hutch designs mentioned here are recommended to fill your needs.

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