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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's New Rabbit Hutch...

Its hard to believe it's already been five years since we brought home our bunny, "Bam Bam". He is a Mini Holland lop and has been such a sweet pet for our daughter.  His original cage was perfect, but after the five years it literally began to fall apart!  The roof was slowly beginning to come apart, the bottom literally was about to fall out from under him and all the chewing that went on inside that cage didn't help. 
We recently started shopping for a new cage for our Bam Bam - however, it seems any bunny hutch was ridiculously priced and very cheaply made.  So I enlisted a friend to help build us one.  Already having a rabbit hutch and being a parent to chickens as well, it is important to me to have an easy to maintain (and clean) living space for pets.  After several conversations of the 'vision' that was in my head we decided it was best to go ahead and order a kit from Wayfair.com.  The idea was close to what I wanted and seemed easy enough to customize it. Click here for the link...
Wondering ways we decided to customize this?  The bottom is meant to be open so that the bunny can have access to free roam in what I assume to be grass. However, for us that doesn't make a lot of sense because for one, we have gravel where this cage will be and also we have critters (raccoons mice and rats) that would be happy to dig underneath and access the food and perhaps hurt our rabbit.  So it was necessary to put both a solid bottom and a wire bottom - its good to have different textures for the bottom of a rabbits feet.  Also, they like to lay down and laying on wire isn't always comfortable. For easy cleaning the hutch needed to be lifted up off the ground so that I could clean easily by just hosing it out. This roof had to go - not a fan of it being so basic. And of course, because I already have a white chicken coop and picket fence in the same area that hosts the bunny cage, I wanted to also have the cage white.
It might sound silly, but it was crucial that the cage was "cute" from all angles.  Which I am so happy now that I decided that was important as I decided not to set the cage back inside the picket fence where the coop area is. 

Setting the cage on a platform of 16x16 pavers has worked out nicely (same thing I did with my chicken coop) to just hose any fallen debris right into the landscape. We also had a perfect pan that came from a storage bin that we no longer used that slides perfect underneath where the droppings can be dumped in the garden as well.

We ended up facing the hutch 'south' that way the bunny can hide in the upper portion of the cage where it is fully enclosed during the wind and rain. This area of the hutch slides out in case "Bam Bam" has an accident up there - it's easy to hose off to keep it clean. We keep cedar shaving up there for him to sleep on and stay warm.  I also will keep the food, timothy hay and the salt up there as well so it will stay dry when its windy and rainy.  We always keep two water bottles in the cage because I worry about the water running low in the summer months.
I am very pleased with how the whole 'vision' and implementation of the rabbit hutch turned out.  I think Bam Bam feels pretty special too!



Thank you for coming by to take a peek at our new bunny cage.  xoxo, tracie

6 comments:

Christine Vandormolen said...

BamBam is killing me, too cute!!! Love your hutch and I am so thrilled to see you put so much thought into this little guys new home!!!! Our hutch also fell apart after a few years and I found one on Overstock I liked that is not built out of wood but that Trex Deck material. A bit spendy but so far so good. Here is a link to ours if you want to snoop: http://littlebrags.blogspot.com/2016/05/on-patio.html

Junkchiccottage said...

Tracie,
This is too cute. How adorable Bambam is too. Love that you could build this from a kit and make it so cute.
Kris

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a cute lil house for such a cute lil bunny, He or she is adorable and so is the house.
Great job!
Blessings, Nellie

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Love it Tracie... and I bet Bam Bam does too!! The changes you made to the original kit are perfect. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I'm delighted to be featuring Bam Bam's hutch at tomorrow's party and pinning. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

janice peterka said...

I just adopted my 1st bunny by default lol. My coworkers found him in the bushes on a very busy street while looking out our lab window. My bf & I fell in love with Honey Bunny instantly. We have the same hutch placed on gravel (we live in Las Vegas... not much grass). I LOVE YOUR HUTCH!! We are planning to try & modif it as you have. Thank you so much for posting it!

Unknown said...

How did you add the tray in the bottom?