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    Rabbit Hutches: How To Design Them

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Rabbit hutches are essential pieces of equipment for anybodythat intends to keep or buy rabbits for sale. A pet rabbit hutch not only provides a place thatthe rabbit considers home but it also provides excellent protection frompredators. Designing and building your own rabbit hutch means you can ensurethe rabbit has everything he needs and you can design it to your own needs.Generally speaking, a pet rabbit hutch should be four times the size of therabbit as a minimum. Therefore, rabbit hutches that are 30”x36”x18” should besuitable for a single rabbit. Read on to find out how to build your own petrabbit hutch.

     

    Build Your Own RabbitHutch

     

    • The first thing you need to do when building a pet rabbit hutch is a frame. This pet rabbit hutch will be slightly larger than the minimum so build 2 frames with 2x4” lengths of wood that are both 4ft wide and one is 2ft high and the other is 2ft3” high to produce a slope for the roof. Use four more 2ft lengths of 2x4” to make a box frame that will form the basis of the pet rabbit hutch.

     

    • To make the sides, roof and floor of the rabbit hutch you need plywood cut to the correct size. Using a circular saw and a good workbench is much easier when it comes to making rabbit hutches. Remember that the side panels of the pet rabbit hutch will not be square to allow for the sloping roof. You will need 3x 2ftx4ft panels for the roof, floor and back of the pet rabbit hutch, and two off square end panels. Attach these to the frame using nails or preferably screws.

     

    • Make sure that all the joins and the edges are smooth and tight. To cover the roof, use some roofing felt that it commonly found on garden sheds. This will help the roof to keep water out and while help weatherproof the hutch.

     

    • You can make legs for the pet rabbit hutch by cutting up a length of wood (preferably 4x4”) into four lengths and attaching these to the bottom of the pet rabbit hutch in the corners. Make sure that any rabbit hutches you make are level and flat before fully attaching the legs. The rabbit cage should now look nearly completed.

     

    • The next step in making a rabbit cage is to add the door. The door of the pet rabbit hutch is made from a 2 ft 3 inch x 4ft frame from wood, and covered in chicken wire to keep the rabbit in and predators out. Buy two hinges and attach these at one end to attach the door to the pet rabbit hutch, be sure to put a latch at the other end. The rabbit cage is now completed and ready for its new inhabitant.

     

    • It may be an idea to provide a closed off area inside the rabbit cage to give the rabbit somewhere to sleep. This can easily be done by using two small lengths of plywood and enclosing one corner with an opening. Using a hinge to make a door will make the rabbit cage easier to clean out.

     

    • Painting the exterior of rabbit hutches with animal safe paint will help to preserve the wood.
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