Did you ever find yourself in the presence of a bunny and you just can’t say no to that face? That happens to us, too. Well, before you go buying a rabbit brush or even looking up “burrows for rabbits” as a way to accommodate the little guy, here’s a DIY guide we made for you, just for this kind of situation. Thank us after your long-eared best friend is comfortably settled-in.
Most experts recommend that you make a cozy place for the rabbit inside your house as there is nothing more potentially dangerous for him than the external environment. However, rabbit-proofing your house is not always possible or you may not wish to do so for various reasons. So let’s see what it takes to build a bunny-mansion outside.
Required Tools and Materials
You’re going to need quite a lot of things for your new pet project, but we’ve got you covered. Go ahead and obtain the following: A pocket hole jig, a drill, a miter saw, a circular or a table saw, a jigsaw, and a sturdy pencil. Don’t forget protection is always important, so get safety glasses and hearing protection.
For materials, you will want some pieces of textured wood composite panel, some premium studs, and a lot of screws. Make sure to get 2-½ screws and also 1-¼ ones. As the last requirement, get yourself your trusted wood glue.
Step 1: Assemble the sides
Carefully drill pocket holes and assemble the side frames with 2-½” pocket screws. After that, make sure to paint the frame and panels using exterior grade paint. After it’s dry and airy, attach the panels using the 1-¼’ wood screws, then cut enough hardware cloth and attach it using ¾’ poultry staples.
Step 2: Assemble the back
As you may have imagined, the back is similar to the sides but we’ll just say it again for good measure. Drill pocket holes and assemble using the 2-½’ screws, paint the frame and let it dry then attach the panels using the smaller screws and use the poultry staples to attach the hardware cloth.
Step 3: Assemble the Front
The front is again very similar, with one little difference due to it being, well, in the front. Again drill the pocket holes and put the front frame together then carefully paint the entire assembly. When it’s safe to operate without getting sticky, go ahead and attach the hardware cloth in the manner we’re sure you’ve mastered by now.
Step 4: The Door
The door is the most important part of the house. After all, that’s where your bunny will receive the guest, isn’t it? Actually, every part is just as important but you’ve already done the following steps so it’s probably going to be a breeze.
Drill the pocket holes and assemble the door frame using the 2-½” pocket screws, paint and dry then carefully attach the panel using the 1-¼” screws.
Step 5: Assemble the Tray
Assembling the tray is identical to the steps before, but make sure you pay extra-attention when doing it. Your rabbit will actually spend a lot of its time interacting with it one way or another so it really has to be well put in.
Drill the pocket holes and use the 2-½’ pocket screws, paint, dry, and attach the hardware by making use of the ¾’ poultry stables.
Step 6: The Big Door
This is the step where you will be assembling the bigger door of the rabbit’s cage – ehem – house. The steps are identical with the ones for the other door, except for the final part, after you let it dry, you now have to use the ¾’ poultry staples to attach the hardware cloth as opposed to before when you used 1-¼’ screws.
Step 7: Assemble the Lid
This is the easiest job that you had to do so far. Use the experience you have gained by now and drill some awesome pocket holes then assemble the lid frame using the 2-½’ pocket screws.
Step 8: Assemble the Hutch
Now we’re talking! This is the part where your inner builder will come out and take over. Drill the pocket holes for the 2-½’ pocket screws but before you assemble them, also pre-drill for the 2-½’ screws that you will be using for the exterior. After all the holes are done, carefully piece the hutch together.
Step 9: Install interior decorations
You can’t just expect your beloved bunny to live in awful conditions, so you need to dress up the place a little. Install a middle panel with the same screws you used for the exterior. After that, pre-drill and install the ramp by making use of the 2-½’ screws. Cut and attach the hardware cloth using the good old poultry staples that didn’t fail you until now.
We also recommend making the hutch’s floor as comfortable as possible. If your bunny is not living in comfortable conditions or does not have enough space to stretch its feet you encourage certain diseases like sore hocks. Especially do this if you have a larger breed of rabbit as this is fairly common with them.
Step 10: Final preparations
All your hard work is paying off, now it’s just time for some minor touches to finish the job. Shim the doors to create even gaps between them and install hinges with the remaining screws. Carefully cut and attach the roof to the lid with the 1-¼ trusty screws. Add latches to the doors and voila! You’ve just become your rabbit’s favorite builder and real estate agent.
Congratulations on making it this far! Please be advised that the survival rate for outside-living rabbits is much lower than for the ones living inside the house. If you do build a hutch for your bunny, please make sure to always keep it clean as this will rule out so many possible diseases.