Owning one or more rabbits can be a
great experience. They make wonderful pets and
companions. You will need somewhere for your rabbit to
sleep and rest when they are not hopping in the yard or
keeping you company indoors. A rabbit hutch is a great
way to keep them safe and out of the elements.
Rabbit hutches come in a variety of sizes and styles.
Large rabbit hutches are generally the best, as you want
your pet to have plenty of room to stretch out and get
comfortable. However, if you go too big with a small
rabbit they may lose some of their sense of security, so
be sure to include a nesting area. An outdoor rabbit
hutch is typically made from wood that has been treated
using non-toxic chemicals. This is important as you
don’t want your rabbit becoming sick from toxins.
When looking for a rabbit hutch for your bunny, there
are a few key features you’ll want to look for.
High quality wood – Go for the best you can afford. It
will matter in the long run and your rabbit hutch will
last longer, and keep your pet warmer and more secure if
a high grade wood is used.
Size matters – You definitely want your rabbit to have
enough room to move around and designate an area for
eating, and one for sleeping. The cage should be high
enough for your pet to jump without bumping their head
as well. If you have multiple rabbits, be sure the hutch
is large enough for each of them to have their own
space, even if they choose to sleep together.
Security – Make sure that the rabbit hutch you are
buying is solid and sturdy. Remember, you are
responsible for ensuring your rabbit’s safety when they
are in their outdoor hutch. Raccoons, coyotes, dogs,
cats, foxes and even squirrels may try to gain access to
your rabbits and/or their food. Choose a cage that is
secure from predators and keep your rabbit safe from
Ease of cleaning – You will be far more motivated to
clean your rabbit’s hutch more often if it is easy to
clean, but do not compromise safety or structure for
ease of clean up. Remember, your rabbit is counting on
Buying a wooden rabbit hutch is a big decision, but one
you will only have to make once.
You Can Build It Yourself
Even though we are in the business of selling cages and
rabbit hutches, we understand that for many people the
cost of buying a rabbit hutch is just not in their
budget. However, building a hutch yourself is not all
that difficult and materials required for building it
are not too costly. If you have some basic carpentry
skills, you can easily complete it over a weekend.
If you design your own rabbit hutch, make sure you
follow some basic layout rules such as allocating plenty
of floor space for your bunny to move around. Another
important thing that may impact your design is that,
even though they are pet rabbits, rabbits feel more
comfortable in a den and not a cage. You should try to
design the hutch in such a manner that your rabbit will
think of it as their den.
Many commercial rabbit hutches contain wire floors. This
is typically an attempt at an easy way to keep the floor
of the hutch clean because it allows dirt, any rubbish
and the rabbit’s waste to fall through. However, wire
floors are way too rough for some breeds of rabbit’s
feet/paws and you may need to keep a layer of padding,
such as fresh straw or hay, covering the floor. A
general rule is: Hay is for eating and Straw is for
bedding. If you are building your own hutch you may opt
for a vinyl floor covering on a plywood base. The
plywood base creates a very strong bottom and the vinyl
is relatively easy to clean. The vinyl is also very
inexpensive and fairly simple to replace when it gets
worn or otherwise needs replacing.
Wire mesh is often used for the front of the rabbit
hutch. This is perfectly fine and it allows for air flow
to reduce odor formation. Avoiding the use of plastics
altogether may be good option, because your rabbit may
chew through the plastic over a period of time.
Two story rabbit hutches are becoming more popular than
in the past but traditional one story hutches are
typically much easier to build. If you want to build a
second floor, then you need to use materials that are
strong enough to give the support for the additional
floor. Metal brackets can be used for extra strength on
the sides and in the corners. Ramps can be made using
plywood or plank lumber.
If you are building your hutch for the outdoors, bear in
mind the temperature fluctuations during the different
seasons and design the hutch accordingly. If it is
exposed to direct sunlight, remember the changing
positions of the sun through the year. If you want to
keep your rabbit hutch indoors, then rubber or plastic
feet placed on the bottom of the legs will reduce the
wear on floor and carpet.
If you have lot of space in the hutch (for the size of
your rabbit), setting up a small maze will pave the way
for your bunny to go exploring but still remain safe and
secure. Even if you build your own rabbit hutch, don’t
forget, you will still need to buy some things for your
rabbit. Items like toys, a litter box and some bowls.
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