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:
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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.
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For Urban Homesteaders: DIY Project: Nicole’s Modern Bunny HutchThis 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.
Photo Courtesy of DesignSponge.comLooking 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?