Constructing a rabbit hutch is not that difficult if you are fully aware of the specific needs of your rabbits. For instance, the size of the hutch will largely depend on how many rabbits you have. What you need to keep in mind is that rabbits are very active animals which means they need enough space where they can roam and play. Furthermore, the animals can cause a mess if you build a flimsy cage. They will chew on anything. With that said, you need to make use of sturdy materials that won’t easily succumb to chewing. If it’s your first time to build a hutch, below are some practical tips on how you can make your own rabbit hutch designs:
1) Take measurements to make sure that a fully mature rabbit can stand as well as stretch inside the cage. Generally speaking, the cage should be at least four times the size of the rabbit. That is if you have only one rabbit. If you have more, then you need to multiply the size by four. As to the height of the cage, there should be at least six inches allowance above the standing rabbit. This allows the animals to hop without hurting their heads.
2) Design the hutch so that it can be taken outdoors. Just like humans, rabbits also need a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air. You need to build a roof that’s impenetrable to rain or snow. Just a few strips of corrugated iron will do the trick. Make it removable so that you can easily discard it when you bring the hutch back inside the house.
3) Make use of wire mesh for at least half of the walls. There are three main benefits to doing this. One, it allows natural light to enter the cage so you don’t need to use artificial light. Two, it allows air circulation which helps in getting rid of the odor coming from the rabbit’s urine and droppings. And last but not the least, installing wire mesh is a lot easier and cheaper compared to using other materials like wood or glass.
4) Place a solid receptacle under the hutch to catch the rabbit’s urine and droppings. You can customize baking pans to fit under the cage. It will be a lot easier to clean the hutch this way. Furthermore, it’s advisable that you use wire mesh on the portion of the floor where the feeding pan and litter box are located. Water, food, and excrement that falls to the floor will drop through the mesh and into the pans below.
In a nutshell, the design of the hutch is very important to the overall well-being of your pet rabbits. You should take the time to sort of visualize what you have in mind before you start purchasing materials. The most basic needs of a bunny include enough room to play, toys to chew on, a floor where it can burrow, and a clean eating/drinking area. If you have several rabbits, you should consider building a two-level hutch with the necessary compartments. Although rabbits are social animals, they still need some alone time. Take all of these into consideration before you start building the hutch.