Rabbit cages are small, and unattractive.
And rabbit hutches are either too expensive or poorly constructed.
So I decided to build my own.
I really wish I could have avoided this—because basically all my attempts to build things have been frustrating, imperfect, and expensive (sometimes).
What I planned to do, and what I did, started to vary after the first day of work.
I made a larger hutch for our mama bunny, a shorter one for our fella.
The dimensions of our mama hutches was 30″h x 3’w x 6’l—with about 2′ with a solid bottom and sides, a cozy space for nesting and in the colder months.
They are both 3′ off the ground—easier to grab rabbits.
I used salvage and what I had around as much as I possibly could.
- Build the frame for the floor first.
- Cover 1/3rd with OSB board cut to fit. Cover the rest in 16-gauge double-galvanized wire with 1/2″ x 1″ holes.
Sixteen gauge is stronger and more supportive on our rabbits’ feet.
- Build the frame of the hutch off the base. Simple screwing A to B.
- Cover one side with 16 gauge wire mesh with 1″ x 1″ holes.
- Use OSB board to cover the other side, and the back.
- Create the door frames. Cover one with OSB board. Cover the other with 18 gauge wire mesh with 1″ x 1″ holes.
- Attach door at the bottom of the frame with 2-3 hinges. Install latch on opposite side to hold door closed.
- Attach legs to outside of the frame.
- Add the roof. I intended to use salvage, but bought more OSB instead.
For the doe’s hutch I put in two doors, a solid one in the nesting area that opens out, and a mesh door for the larger open area that opened up.
These are three webpages I found to be most helpful:
Mistakes I made:
- Framing off the base and adding the back and roof last, meant there were small gaps running along the base and top. I consoled myself with the idea that this will allow some circulation, and I can use hay as a stop-gap.
- Tried regular staplegun staples to hold down the wire mesh.
Had to upgrade to heavier staples from the nail/screw aisle.
- This thing is heavier than all get-out.
Somehow when I build things, they weigh incredible amounts.