All domestic rabbits need a place to call home. This allows them to rule their own territory, this is in their nature and it is compensated to do so. But where should we keep them?
Interior or exterior?
Before you decide to have a pet rabbit, the first decision you will have to make is: whether to keep it inside or outside. Some people today choose to let their rabbits live indoors, but most people choose to keep their rabbits outdoors.
It is best to be outdoors:
Keeping your bunny outside is a great way to allow your rabbit to still live in an environment that is as natural as possible, but remains a family pet. Our experience is that most hutches tend to lack the fundamental needs of a rabbit; And that it is better to build a custom outdoor hutch than to buy a pre-made hutch at a pet store.
Buying prefabricated booths vs. building custom booths:
Pre-built sheds have common problems, they lack size, zoning, insulation, are difficult to clean, flimsy, and often have design flaws like wire mesh in the floor. That is why we recommend building a custom hutch. Custom kennels also contain advantages such as the deliberate inclusion of solid walls, for those who live in areas where the temperature drops too low for the rabbits’ comfort. They allow the builder to add his own personal and creative touch.
Learning how to build one on a budget would be wise, but the most important thing is to have the right rabbit hutch plans. As this will mean that keeping your rabbit happy and healthy will be a lot easier.
This article focuses on the outdoor hutch and will give you 5 things that EVERY hutch plan must have.
Start with great plans for how to build a hutch: You must know how to build the hutch correctly and efficiently. The common mistakes we hear about is when people just “jump in” and get started without having the proper hutch plans in place from the start. This can cause frustration in the future because materials and time are wasted when they have to undo or redo a particular section that was not well planned or invented “on the fly”.
Size: You must take the size of your rabbit into account when building your hutch. Rabbits need a lot of room to move around and play, so make sure you give your rabbit plenty of room to move. The guideline for a rabbit is that the size is that it should be able to jump 4 to 5 times without being impeded. By this I mean, you should be able to jump 4-5 times without being forced to stop due to the wall and the length of the cabin being too short. The length of the cabin is not the only problem. Height is also very important. And this is where most of the hutches for sale do not meet a proper standard. The height should be twice (even better, 3 times) the size of the rabbit, when it is lying down and stretched out. Any hutch that is not long, wide, or high enough will prevent your bunny from getting enough exercise. One way to save space is to build a two-story hutch.
Easy to clean: Okay, here’s one for the rabbit owner. The booth must be built on the ground (the floor must be at least one foot off the ground) and it must be supported by four or more sturdy legs. Depending on the weight, six legs may be needed. Cover the floor of the hutch with material that will protect the floor. Both of these will ensure that the hutch is easy to clean. Remember that when cleaning your hutch, rabbit granules are an excellent fertilizer for your garden plants!
Correct finish: Make sure the hutch does not have sharp edges from nails or wood. Smooth out all rough patches on the wood with sandpaper. And any mesh wire should be inspected and any sharp burrs or metal splinters filed away. Since you have decided that your rabbit will live outdoors rather than in the house with you, you should try to ensure that the hutch is as comfortable and safe as possible for your rabbit.
Correct Materials: The most appropriate rabbit hutch drawings include the correct materials. A wooden hutch will be the best option, as it will be easy to build, sturdy, and easier to clean. Do not use chicken wire as rabbits can chew on it, and never, never use wire on the floor of the hutch, as rabbits can hurt their feet on wire floors (the feet can even become deformed this way). You can use thick chew-proof wire on a wall and doors, but make sure the openings in the wire, as well as throughout the hutch, are too small to allow predators (particularly snakes) to enter.
Rooms and Areas: You must take into account the climate of the place where you live throughout the year when building your hutch. Outdoor cabins must have at least one closed room, with 4 walls and a door. The walls should be designed to be sealed to protect your rabbit from the weather and the elements. There should also be an open section where the rabbit can enjoy the warm sun and cool breeze. A hutch that is constructed with quality materials and weatherproof in mind will protect your rabbit from the elements. However, be prepared to bring your rabbit indoors during extreme hot or cold temperatures, as they can kill your pet.
Conclution: Remember that you must know how to build a hutch properly. It is very important that the bunny lives in an environment that supports its health and well-being. If you follow these 8 things all hutch plans must have, the result is that you will build a great hutch. Not only will it provide your pet with enough space to play and grow, it will also provide a safe home and will keep him healthy for many years.