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    Building a Rabbit Hutch

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    A good rabbit hutch is vital for a rabbit’s health and development. Building a rabbit hutch can be the best way to make sure that your individual pet’s needs are met well. A homemade rabbit house is normally constructed from plywood, wire and wooden planks to prop it up. To build a good rabbit pen is fairly straightforward, and will provide your rabbit with shelter, ventilation and also nest boxes for any future born bunnies. For tips on building a rabbit hutch, see the following guide.
     

    You Will Need:

    • Hammer
    • Metal Ties
    • Nails
    • Plywood
    • Rubber gloves
    • Saw
    • Wire rabbit cage (or alternatively some wire and a wire cutter)
    • Four-by-two timber

    Plans

    Firstly, when building a rabbit hutch, you may find plans or layouts in pet shops to guide you on the construction. These can be useful as the illustrated instructions can show you what you will be aiming for.
     

    Wire

    If you can find a ready made wire cage specifically made for building a rabbit hutch, then this will be very handy. If you cannot find this you can make this cage yourself. Do this by nailing four legs to the square plywood footage (size of your choice). Then wrap some wire around all the legs in a straight line, making sure to leave around one inch spacing in between each line. Next, tie these down fairly tightly and cut the loose ends off with wire cutters.
     

    Frame

    Now, build a support frame with you four-by-twos around the wire cage. This will ensure maximum stability for the rabbit pen and will be more appropriate for being outside.
     

    Legs

    With another four more four-by-twos, make the legs. The legs should have a minimum length of 3 foot. This makes the maintenance and cleaning chores of a rabbit pen much simpler.
     

    Space

    Find an area that you want the rabbit house to be situated. Once you have decided on the spot, hammer in the legs to the ground.
     

    Roof

    Now you must construct the roof of the rabbit house. Some choose to lay loose plywood over the top of the rabbit house. However, a roof with hinges is normally preferable when building a rabbit hutch properly. Also, making sure the roof is slightly sloped means that rain can fall off the top rather than gathering there and damaging the roof.
     

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