A rabbit hutch.

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.

My process:

  1. Build the frame for the floor first.
  2. 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.
  3. Build the frame of the hutch off the base. Simple screwing A to B.
  4. Cover one side with 16 gauge wire mesh with 1″ x 1″ holes.
  5. Use OSB board to cover the other side, and the back.
  6. Create the door frames. Cover one with OSB board. Cover the other with 18 gauge wire mesh with 1″ x 1″ holes.
  7. Attach door at the bottom of the frame with 2-3 hinges. Install latch on opposite side to hold door closed.
  8. Attach legs to outside of the frame.
  9. 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.

Just keep a’keepin’ on.

This year I am trying to keep things simple and enjoyable in the garden.

I ended up planting peas four times. And I still might only get two or three pea plants. Every year there is something that hasn’t done well – peas have been really solid for me the last few years, I guess this is their year. (Or not, rather.)

So, we’ll see what we get.
Positive side to an empty trellis: I’m going to try pole beans!

There are little solutions everywhere!

  • I killed my little tomato starts. Solution: buy them from a friend!
  • My eggplants didn’t sprout. Solution: buy them from Welcome Table Farm.

Some days, Sunset Magazine et. al. can make you feel like everything needs to be perfect, and you can drive yourself crazy thinking that way. If I remind myself I just want to grow some beautiful food to eat, then it stops mattering.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.