DIY Project: Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch

March 21, 2014 | 2 comment(s)

DIY Rabbit Hutch Projects

Once you've decided to raise rabbits for food storage, the next question to ask yourself is where am I going to put them? Since you are raising rabbits for self-sufficiency, and not as pets, it may be helpful to keep them outside to make that distinction clear (easier said than done, I know.)

Traditionally, outdoor rabbits are kept in hutches. A hutch is a cage that is usually made of wood and is enclosed with wire mesh. Most hutches have tall legs to protect the rabbits from predators on the ground. You can also build a hutch without legs to keep on a table or, in warm climates, directly on the ground.

Rabbit hutches are fairly easy to build and serve as excellent DIY projects to complete over the weekend. You can make hutches out of pallets, shelves, and even old dressers.

Here are 5 great DIY rabbit hutch tutorials from the web to get you started:

 

Tiny Homesteaders.com “Making Yet Another Rabbit Hutch out of Pallet Crates"

Space is a very important factor when building a hutch. Since your rabbit will spend a lot of time there, it’s important that they have enough room to move around.  This hutch is a great example of giving your rabbits enough space:

 Rabbit Hutch via TinyHomesteaders

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Mother Earth News’ “DIY Rabbit Hutch from Wood Pallets”

When building a hutch, it’s important to have at least part of it enclosed so it will be dark enough when your rabbits need to sleep—or so they can hide if they feel threatened by predators.

 Rabbit Hutch via Mother Earth News

Photo Courtesy of Mother Earth News

 

Monsterguide.net “How to Build a Rabbit Hutch”

Since rabbit hutches require regular cleaning (we’re talking on at least a weekly basis), make sure your hutch is built in a way that provides you with easy access to get the job done—like this one.

Rabbit Hutch via MonsterGuide dot net

Photo Courtesy of Monsterguide.net

Bettaliving.org’s DIY Rabbit Hutch Plans

This step-by-step guide (with in-depth instructions and pictures for each step) is a great source if you want to build a hutch on the ground. Rabbit hutches built on the ground are better to use in warmer climates, but even then should provide a way for your bunnies to take shelter from predators or rain.

Rabbit Hutch via BettaLiving.org

Photo Courtesy of Bettaliving.org

For Urban Homesteaders: DIY Project: Nicole’s Modern Bunny Hutch

This hutch is made from an altered dresser. It’s a great method for building a hutch if you live in an apartment or don’t have yard space for a traditional hutch.

Rabbit Hutch via Design Sponge

Photo Courtesy of DesignSponge.com

 

Looking for more tips on building a rabbit hutch? Check out these links:

http://www.amillionlives.net/build-a-rabbit-hutch-protective-shelters-for-the-bunnies-dwelling.html

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/getting-a-hunch-about-rabbit-hutches.html

 

Have you ever made a rabbit hutch? What’s the best setup you’ve found?


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Comments

  • Mike Hotel  |  March 24, 2014

    Thanks for the mention. Rabbits are a great, super sustainable way to keep meat in the freezer!

  • Paul F  |  March 25, 2014

    The recent series of DIY emails are GREAT!!!!
    Just what urban and rural folks need to know if a natural or manmade event should occur.
    Please keep up the DIY series.
    Thank You

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