Are you fond of pets – particularly rabbits? Well, if you own a bunny as your pet, it becomes important that you take great care of it like you do for all other pets. We’re here today to tell you how to build a rabbit hutch. If you aren’t interested in building your own, we’d recommend finding a local builder with a homemade rabbit hutch for sale.
Along with that it’s also crucial that the rabbit feels like home and not caged. The best way of making your pet rabbit feel safe, secure and at home is to get him a Hutch. And when we say hutch, you don’t necessarily have to buy from market. Many homemade rabbit hutch ideas might not cover the basics like we are going to here. If you’d rather just purchase a rabbit hutch, check out this article!
It would be more of fun and excitement if you can build one for your bunny. Making a hutch for rabbit at home has its own advantages. Firstly, it costs lesser than what you would actually spend. Secondly, when you are building a hutch on your own, you can customize it the way you want. You will have different design options to choose from, or you can blend in various concepts and come up with an impressive structure.
We have covered the different aspects of building a hutch and this write-up serves as your DIY guide on building a hutch for your rabbit.
Before you jump start with the process, there are some important things to keep in consideration. You should be taking care of the following crucial points:
- The place has to be healthy and clean
- The hutch size should be determined as per the breed of your rabbit
- Entrance to the hutch must have enough space
- It should have enough materials and arrangements to keep the rabbit warm
- The hutch must be predator protected, design it in a way so as to protect the rabbit from other hunting animals
- It would be good to use a material like the best wood for rabbit hutch because it’s more sustainable
How to Build a Rabbit Hutch ? – It All Begins With Right Planning
Whether it’s a small hutch that you are going to make or a big building; everything has to be on paper – you should have proper plans made on paper. Think of the structure that you want to create. Build a rough sketch of the hutch and try and improvise it to make it the best one for your rabbit. A DIY rabbit hutch plan will be difficult at first, but then you will realize it is just like building anything else.
Think of the measurements, tools and instruments that you will need for making the hutch. Again, it’s not that you will have to make a fancy place for the rabbit. It can be a very simple place but it should have enough room for the rabbit to enjoy his daily good and sleep. Also, the hutch should allow for maximum movement for the rabbit. A congested space won’t keep the rabbit happy for long. So when you sit down to draw the design, consider space as the top priority.
What All Tools You Need?
For the entire process of building the hutch, you will require certain set tools. You should necessarily have hammers of good quality; a medium sized hammer should work fine. Next comes nails, we suggest you get nails of 3 and 1 inch. Buy some good quality wire cutters, pliers and a set of screwdrivers of different sizes. Then you should also have the straight edge, a good measuring tape, two door hinges, also buy 2 sheets of plywood, recommended size is 24″ x 72″ x 3/4″, 2 should be six-foot long 1″ x 2″s and 8 should be eight-foot long 2″ x 4″s. Get some staples, chicken wire, 24″ x 96″ and hook and eye latch tool. Make sure you grab your wire mesh as well. The best wire mesh for your homemade rabbit hutch will have small holes and easily deter foxes. These DIY rabbit cage outdoor will be a good example for you to work with.
Making The Hutch – Beginning With Frame
Now that you have gathered all the needed material and tools for making the hutch, it’s time to move on with the process of building your rabbit it’s sweet home. So first you will begin by making the frame. And for the frame you will have to take four 2-by-4 cut to 48 inches extended, and 8 two-by-four cut to 24 inches stretched.
With the help of hammer and nails, you will now have to attach the one 24-inch board with the end of the 48-inch board. This attachment has to be done in a way that in the end the frame appears as L. Now moving on, you will have to nail the other 48-inch board and join it to the remaining side of the 24-inch board. This joint should look as U.
While you join the second 48-inch board, you should make sure that you are joining it the same way you did for the first one which is by joining it to the end of 24-inch board. Once this is done, you should move on and finish the underside part of your hutch frame by attaching a different 24-inch board to unfastened last part of the frame. Now you will have to turn the frame in a way that one of your 48 inch boards faces in your direction. Now attach 24 inch board vertically to the corner of your hutch frame.
This 24 inch board’s four-inch width portion must be placed against 48-inch side of your frame while its two-inch side should go against 24-inch board at your frame’s end. Now attach one board in every corner of the frame following the similar pattern. Now attach 48 inch board on top of your vertical boards. This will make the top part look similar to that of the bottom side of your hutch frame. You will have to complete this job by attaching the top of your hutch frame with that of your 24 inch and 48 inch boards. As you will finish this part and your frame is complete, it would be rectangular in shape.
Well, the job doesn’t really end here as now you will have to cut one portion out of the 3-quarter-inch plywood which you had got into sets of 2, measuring two-foot-by-two-foot square. These pieces should then be nailed to every corner of your hutch. Now take another plywood piece and cut some portion so that it comes to a measurement of 24 by 48 inches. This needs to be nailed to the back part of your hutch frame. Secure the structure by nailing a nail in a gap of three inch space.
Now you will have to cut one piece of chicken wire such that it comes to a measurement of 24 by 48 inches. You either use a staple or nail for attaching the chicken wire to the downside of your hutch.
Designing Hutch Door
Now that your frame is all ready, you actually get over with the maximum work in regards to your hutch. The thing left to focus at is your hutch door. For building the same you will have to cut 2 46-inch lengths out of your one-by-two board as well as two at 24-inches in length. Connect these two and form a rectangular shape as you had done with your hutch frame bottom. Now bring back your plywood, cut a portion measuring 23 inches by 24 inches. Join this to the side of your rectangular shape using a nail. If you are just making a homemade indoor rabbit hutch, then you might not need a door at all.
Next is the chicken wire, which you will have to cut in the measurement of 23 inches by 24 inches and clip it to left part of that rectangular shape. Your plans for rabbit hutches for outside should be followed very closely regarding the chicken wire. Any large holes you make will surely be used to get at the rabbits by foxes.
So once your door is ready, you will now have to put on the hinges and place them on top. Make sure you lock the added side of hinges to that of 48-inch board on the face of hutch. This will allow for the hutch door to move back and forth upward. Next you should fasten the eye and hook lock beneath the front of your door. This way there won’t be any space for the rabbit to escape or any predator to hunt it down.
The Hutch Legs
Now that your hutch is almost complete, you should focus on the legs as they play a crucial role in keeping up the structure intact. You should remember that the foundation of your hutch isn’t in direct contact with ground. When the legs are above the ground, it will give your rabbit’s hutch to stay dry, clean and healthy as the food leftovers and waste products would all fall to the ground and won’t be anywhere in touch with the hutch or its walls. To have such legs for the hutch, you should consider joining one board of 48-inch of two-by-four to every corner. While doing so, be mindful that each of the four legs of your hutch have similar length as only then will the hutch would be able to sit uniformly.
The Final Touch
Your hutch is now ready, and it’s time to show some creative side by painting the hutch in the way you desire. However, if you are painting the hutch – do it on the outside only. If you do it inside, the rabbit may chew the colored wood that won’t really be good for its health. The homemade rabbit hutches for sale out there are expensive, but may be something you want to look into. A DIY rabbit hutch indoor will give you something to do during the cold winter months.
Keep the place warm and cozy for the rabbit, and make sure that you clean it properly so that there is no foul smell. The place should remain clean, and dirt free as it will keep the rabbit also happy. You now know how to build a rabbit hutch!