A Step By Step Guide To Building A Rabbit Hutch

It does not matter whether your child is raising rabbits for a 4-H project, or you simply want to own one of these cuddly animals as a pet, the rabbit will need a comfortable and secure place to call home. You can choose to spend an exorbitant amount of money by purchasing a home from a pet supply store, or you can follow a simple guide and create your own rabbit hutch. Not only will you save money with the latter option, you will also feel a sense of accomplishment once you have completed your project.

Rabbit Hutches by mattshomes, on FlickrIn order to have the rabbit hutch completed as quickly as possible, there are lists of materials and tools that you will need. The materials that will be needed are:

•    Chicken wire (24”x 96”)
•    Staples
•    Door hinges (2)
•    Plywood (2 sheets 24”x 73”x 3/4”)
•    (12) 2x4s (8’ in length)
•    (2) 1”x4” boards (6’ in length)
•    Latching device for hutch door

You will also need several tools so that you can properly construct the rabbit hutch. The tools that you will need are as follows:

•    Straight edge
•    Hammer
•    Screwdriver
•    Pliers
•    Wire cutters
•    1lb of 3 inch nails
•    1lb of 1 inch nails

Building The Rabbit Hutch Frame    

The first thing that you must consider is how many rabbits will be living in the hutch. The materials that you have assembled will comfortably build a hutch for up to three rabbits, however, if you are only housing one rabbit, you can use smaller dimensions to make the hutch smaller.

You will then begin with constructing the frame. Take 4 of the 2x4s and cut them so they are 48” in length. The remaining 8 boards should be cut to 24” in length. Join a 48” board to a 24” board so that an ‘L’ is formed. Nail the 24” board to the final 2” to 3” of the 48” board.

Attach a second 48” board to the other end of the 24” board. All of the boards form to make a ‘U’. Then take another 24” board and nail it to the last 2” to 3” of the 48” board. This will help shape the rectangular frame that will form the frame of the hutch.

Place the frame on the workbench and nail a 24” piece of plywood to every corner of the frame. Make sure that the boards are facing up, then take a piece of 48” board and place it between the two 24” pieces that are facing you.

Repeat the previous step on the other end of the frame, add a 24” board to the upright boards and repeat this process on the other end of the frame. In the end, the shape should be rectangular all around.

How To Finish The Frame

At this point, you will need to finish the frame by adding the chicken wire. Take the ¾” plywood and make 2” square pieces. Add these pieces to the square parts of the hutch and secure these squares by placing nails at least every 4 inches along the perimeter.

Take a piece of chicken wire 48”x 24” and staple this to the bottom of the rabbit hutch. Take two 24”x 24” pieces of chicken wire and nail one piece to the top left of the hutch and one to the top right side of the hutch.

A piece of 23”x 24” chicken wire should be attached to the right side of the hutch door. The hinges and latching device should be added so the door can open and close easily.

The finishing touches for the hutch include adding the legs, staining or painting the hutch and accessorizing if desired. 48” long 2x4s can be added on each side for the legs.

Some food and water will make the hutch more inviting and comfortable for your furry friend. This simple guide will help you build a durable hutch that will provide housing for your rabbit for a long time.


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Updated: February 16, 2017 — 11:57 pm
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