How to plan and design a rabbit hutch

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A rabbit hutch is a dwelling for rabbits. A rabbit hutch made of wire is sturdy enough to keep the rabbit in and keep predators out, and wire does not retain odours. You will need to include a comfortable surface for the rabbit to sit and walk on. As a rule of thumb the hutch should be at least four times the size of the rabbit. For example, a hutch for a single rabbit might be 18 inches tall with 30-inch by 36-inch sides. With these considerations in mind you can plan and design a rabbit hutch that will keep your rabbit safe and comfortable.

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Things you need

  • 18-inch by 132-inch section of 1x1 14-gauge woven wire for the sides
  • Measuring tape
  • 3/8-inch hog rings
  • Hog ring pliers
  • 30-inch by 36-inch section of 0.625 x 0.625 16-gauge galvanised wire mesh for the floor
  • 30-inch by 36-inch section of 1x1 14-gauge woven wire for the top
  • 14-inch by 15-inch section of 1x1 14-gauge woven wire for the door
  • Two prebuilt door latches
  • 4-inch by 10-inch section of 1x1 14-gauge woven wire for the feeding door
  • Wire cutters
  • 30-inch by 36-inch slab of Formica
  • Newspaper
  • 15-inch by 15-inch section of carpet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Construct the sides. Measure 30 inches from the end of the 18-inch by 132-inch wire and bend the wire at a right angle. Bend the wire again at 36 inches from the first bend to form a U shape. Bend the wire a third time at 30 inches from the second bend to complete the square.

  2. 2

    Secure the sides. Fasten a hog ring at the top of the corner where the ends of the wire meet to complete the square, joining the 30-inch side to the 36-inch side. Continue joining the sides by fastening hog rings at 5-inch intervals down the side of the corner.

    How to plan and design a rabbit hutch
    Hog rings and pliers
  3. 3

    Create the door. Use the wire cutters to cut a hole 13 inches wide and 12 inches tall on one of the 36-inch sides of the hutch, no closer than 2 inches from the top or bottom of the hutch.

  4. 4

    Attach the right or left edge of the door wire to the door opening with hog rings, leaving 1 inch of overlap on each side. Attach a prebuilt door latch according to its manufacturer's directions.

  5. 5

    Create the feeding door. Cut a hole 2 inches wide and 8 inches tall with wire cutters. Attach the feeding door wire to the feeding door opening with hog rings, then attach a prebuilt door latch according to its manufacturer's directions.

  6. 6

    Cover the Formica slab with newspaper, then set the hutch on top. Place the rug on the floor of the hutch.

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