Rabbit Hutch
How to Choose the Best One

If you are planning to house your rabbit in a rabbit hutch, you want to make sure it is well built. You want to know that it will fit in well in the spot you have chosen for it and you want to make sure that it will last a long time. There are a couple of ways to approach this.

If you are looking for a hutch that is ready-made, you can look at feed stores or pet stores. You may even find one you like on eBay. The important things to consider are your budget and the size and durability of the hutch.

When you bring one of these hutches home, you will most likely need to follow an instruction sheet to put it together. Most are simple. Look for weak spots that may need to be repaired later like hinges, latches or legs. Clean it weekly at the minimum to keep waste and fur from building up.

These ready-made rabbit hutches can last a long time with proper care. Double check the hardware a couple of times per year. Check the wooden legs more frequently. Some have a tendency to weaken where the leg joins the hutch, while others maintain a tight fit for years.

If you plan on building a hutch, you can find many plans online that will help you build a sturdy hutch for your rabbit. You want to get a good grade lumber, heavy plywood, and heavy duty wire that is 14 gauge in size. Sides can be 1 by 2 inch while the floor will need to be ½ by 1 inch wire. This smaller grid allows droppings to fall through while providing a good footing for your rabbit.

If you are concerned about wire making sore hocks, you can either put in a resting board, a grass mat or a litter box. When the rabbit feels like it, he will sit on one of these.

When you plan the door to your rabbit hutch, make sure it is large enough to easily accommodate your rabbit as well as any accessories you may want to provide for your rabbit. The door should be easy to open and close for you, but not for your rabbit. The latch should be secure.

Make sure your rabbit is protected from the wind, rain and sun. Heat can kill a rabbit much faster than cold can. The hutch should provide plenty of shade in the summer. You may still need to provide ice bottles or a fan as well.

In the winter, you will want at least two solid walls to keep your rabbit dry and safe from wind. Tarps can be stapled around the hutch if needed to increase the wind protection.

Once your rabbit hutch is ready, you can put your rabbit in. He will probably take some time to explore everything. If you are using a litter box, place it in the corner your rabbit has selected to relieve himself in. This makes litter training extremely simple.

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