Here's a bunny hutch that will provide your rabbit with a nice house, while giving you the satisfaction of building it yourself. With some intermediate woodworking skills, you can build this hutch using materials you can buy at your local home improvement store. Slides are built into the hutch to hold the dropping pans, making cleaning easy. This sturdy rabbit hutch will give you years of enjoyment and a safe home for your bunny. Woodworking plans include photos at each step!
Plans include step by step instructions, measurements, and diagrams. I'll take you through each step, with full color photos and easy to understand instructions. 32 pages total. 8 1/2 x 11" pages can be printed or downloaded as an e-book right to your computer.
Raising rabbits can be a fun and rewarding hobby. If you do decide to raise them, you should do some research as there are a few things you'll need to know. I learned some of these things the hard way, but doing some homework will pay off in the long run.
You'll need to keep your rabbit safe. Invest in a rabbit hutch to protect your bunny from predators and give it a home. Rabbits need room to run and stretch their legs, so make sure it's big enough. Make sure the bottom is mesh so the droppings can fall through. There are many styles of rabbit hutches out there, and if you're handy you can build your own.
Keep the males and females separated! Everyone knows how rapidly rabbits can multiply, so if you don't want a lot of bunnies you'll need to keep them separated. My wife and I woke up one winter morning to discover 9 baby rabbits in the hutch. And that was just one female - another had five more a few days later! We soon discovered that a rabbit can get pregnant within days of giving birth, because a month later we had 12 more baby bunnies. Unless you want a lot of rabbits, keep them separated.
Males will fight. Especially when a female is around. And if there's a dominant male, he'll harass the other rabbits relentlessly. The smaller, less dominant male will show patches of hair missing and will be exhausted from constantly trying to get away from the bully. Again, watch for signs of trouble and separate them if necessary.
Baby rabbits cannot digest greens! People have a tendency to feed rabbits lettuce and vegetables, but until they're about two months old their stomachs aren't developed enough yet. They will get blocked up inside and die. Once they're off their mother's milk, stick to pellets for awhile and gradually introduce the greens. And read up on what is healthy for rabbits - lettuce gives them the runs and some other types of vegetables are not very healthy for them.
Rabbits do like to chew, and you'll have to accept it. They do it because they have to. A rabbit's teeth are constantly growing, so they must gnaw on wood, hay, branches, or other items to keep them from getting too long. If you don't supply them with something to chew on, they'll chew on the hutch. A coworker once told me he gave his rabbits pieces of a bowling ball to chew on, but I don't know of anyone else who tried that. I just put a few apple tree branches in the hutch and they were quite content. If you're going to give them wood to chew on, make sure you research what types of wood are okay. Some wood can be poisonous to them, so be careful.
If you would like to build your own rabbit hutch, I've put together some step-by-step woodworking plans that will take you through building one. See the photos above and if you're interested, download them right to your computer. Thanks for visiting the site!