Rabbit hutches provide a caged living quarter for a pet rabbit. Hutches can be built to any size and will often depend on the size of the breed of rabbit being housed. Some hutches include an enclosed house for the rabbit to avoid adverse weather and connect to open runs, allowing the animal more exercise and fresh air conditions.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Two-inch by two-inch lumber
- Hardware cloth
- Mesh wire
- Fencing staples
Cut 2 inch by 2 inch timber to length for the frame components. A large hutch and run could be as long as 6 to 8 feet and 2 feet wide. Cut legs of about 1 foot, which will keep the hutch close to the ground for children to access. The height from the floor to the top of the hutch should be between 18 and 24 inches.
Lay out the frame on a workbench, saw horses, the ground or any other work surface.
Assemble the frame using one or two 16 box nails or one or two 3 1/2-inch deck screws at each junction of the frame. Use two fasterners at the corners and one at other junctions of the frame.
Attach hinges to the top portion of the frame. Create the framework of a liftable door to provide access to both the hutch and the run of the cage.
Cut plywood or oriented strand board to size to enclose the hutch portion of the cage. Allow for an appropriate sized door based on the size of the rabbit. Exterior plywood or OSB between 3/8 and 5/8 in thickness should be sufficient.
Stretch hardware cloth, 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch mesh wire, across the floor of the cage. Nail in place using fencing staples.
Fasten the plywood or OSB hutch covering to the frame using 8 penny nails or 1 1/2-inch deck screws.
Place wire over the framework of the run portion of the cage. This wire can be the same type of hardware cloth or a bigger mesh, such as 1 inch by 2 inches. Use fence staples to fasten the wire to the frame at intervals of about 1 foot.
Paint the hutch and exposed framework with exterior quality paints.
Tips and warnings
- Include a hinged access panel, such as the roof of the run and hutch, for access to the hutch. While feeding and watering can be done in either part of the hutch or run, the pet owner will need access to both to ensure the ability to handle the rabbit.
- While a rabbit hutch can be built to almost any dimension, avoid building a hutch that is too wide. The wire floor of a wide hutch may sag. Adding supports below the wire mesh floor will make the hutch more difficult to clean.
- Make sure all mesh wires used in the hutch are strong enough to not only contain the rabbit but protect it from any cats, dogs or wild animals in the area.
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