How to build a rabbit hutch with a run

Written by erin maurer
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How to build a rabbit hutch with a run
Don't throw the rabbit in prison -- give him a run. (Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Rabbits make excellent house pets, but it is important to make them feel comfortable. Provide a pet rabbit with a fenced-in hutch that will provide them with room to move around. This will give your pet rabbit an adequate amount of security. Be sure to provide your rabbit with a nesting box for additional comfort. The following plans are for an indoor rabbit hutch, but could be modified for outdoor use.

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Things you need

  • 30 90cm (36 inch) long 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 inch), 14-gauge woven wire
  • 18 3.3 m (132 inch) long, 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 inch), 14-gauge woven wire
  • 14 37.5 (15 inch) long 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 inch), 14-gauge woven wire
  • 75 x 90 cm (30 by 36 inch), 16-gauge hardware cloth
  • Tin snips
  • Wire cutters
  • 1 cm (3/8 inch) hog rings
  • Hog ring pliers
  • Measuring tape
  • Door latch
  • Large cardboard box
  • Straw
  • Grass or sisal mat
  • Litter box
  • Organic litter
  • Food bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Pet toys
  • 75 x 90 cm (30 by 36 inch) piece of Formica
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Bend the 45 cm x 3.3 m (18 by 132 inch) piece of wire to create the sides of the rabbit hutch. Measure 90 cm (36 inches) and bend the wire at a right angle. Starting from that bend, measure an additional 75 cm (30 inches) and bend the wire at a right angle. From that point, measure another 90 cm (36 inches) and bend at a right angle. You should be left with a fourth side that measures 75 cm (30 inches).

  2. 2

    Attach the open ends of the bent piece using hog rings. Place hog rings at 12.5 cm (5 inch) intervals and make sure the wire is firmly secured. Use hog rings at 12.5 (5 inch) intervals to attach the hardware cloth to the bottom of the pen and the 75 x 90 cm (30 x 36 inch) woven wire to the top of the pen. Trim off any extra hardware cloth using tin snips.

  3. 3

    Cut a 30 cm (12 inch) high and 32.5 cm (13 inch) wide door in one side of the wire pen using wire cutters. Secure the 35 x 37.5 cm (14 by 15 inch) piece of wire on one side of the hole using hog rings. Secure the other side with the pre-made door latch. The wire door should overlap the hole by at least two centimetres on all sides.

  4. 4

    Place the cardboard box on one side of the pen to create a nesting area for the rabbit. Cover the other side of the pen with a grass or sisal mat. Cover the floor with straw. Attach the water bottle to the pen and fill food bowl.

  5. 5

    Cover the Formica with newspaper and place the pen on top of it. This will serve as a catch-all for rabbit droppings and urine.

  6. 6

    Introduce the rabbit to its new home. Fill the nesting box with a cloth, straw or comfortable rabbit bedding. Place the rabbit's favourite pet toys in the pen with the rabbit.

Tips and warnings

  • Place the pen in an area of your home where it will get partial sunlight. Change the newspaper under the pen on a daily basis. Change the straw bedding on a weekly basis. It may be a good idea to add an additional door to the top of the pen to allow for easy access to the pen.
  • Do not place the pen in direct sunlight. Exposure to direct, hot sun can lead to an early death in rabbits. Use caution when using a rabbit hutch outdoors because predators may be able to access the pen. Do not place the pen directly on a wood surface or near wood because rabbits may try to eat the wood.

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