How to Build a Rabbit Hutch Door

Written by sarah terry
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A rabbit hutch door doesn't only provide access to the hutch for cleaning and feeding your rabbits, but it also can serve as a ventilation source. Making your hutch door large enough is critical to gaining easy access to the interior of the rabbit hutch. If you make the door out of framed chicken wire, you can have a functional, secure door that also provides adequate air flow to the rabbits' habitat. This type of door is also inexpensive and simple to construct.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Boards, 1 inch x 2 inches
  • Nails, 1-inch long
  • Chicken wire
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw
  • Wire cutters
  • Hook and eye assembly
  • Electric drill
  • 2 hinge assemblies
  • Wood screws, 1-inch long (optional)
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection

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  1. 1

    Cut the 1-by-2-inch boards to create two pieces that are 46 inches long and two pieces that are 24 inches long. Nail the 24-inch pieces to the ends of the 46-inch pieces to form a rectangular frame for the door.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of chicken wire that is 47 inches long and 25 inches wide using wire cutters. Wear gloves when handling the cut chicken wire, because the cut ends are sharp.

  3. 3

    Secure the piece of chicken wire to the rectangular door frame with nails. Hammer in at least four nails along each side of the frame.

  4. 4

    Attach the hook and eye assembly using the screws provided or 1-inch wood screws. Screw the hook into the 46-inch long bottom 1-by-2 piece. Screw the eye into the bottom of the outside door opening on the hutch.

  5. 5

    Screw one side of the hinge assemblies to the top 46-inch piece of the door frame. Place one hinge on the far right of the top 1-by-2 piece and one on the far left. Use the screws provided in the hinge assemblies or use the wood screws.

  6. 6

    Screw the other sides of the hinge assemblies to the top part of the door opening in the hutch. Ensure that the door swings outward and upward on the hinges.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a different-sized opening for the rabbit hutch door, simply measure the opening and use those measurements to construct the frame from the 1-by-2s and chicken wire.
  • Always wear eye protection and gloves when operating a saw or drill and when handling chicken wire.

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