The Rabbits’ Home is Complete!

We started building a hutch last week, and finally finished up this morning.  We moved it into its new home, inside our empty wood shed.  We’ll find it a better home in the spring, but we thought this would be the best place for it for the winter.

We built it with scrap wood and things we found around the house. Here are some pictures of the hutch:

Here is our completed Hutch.  It is on top of some old fish tank stands my dad made.
Here is our completed Hutch. It is on top of some old fish tank stands my dad made.
We have three compartments so each of our rabbits has their own space.  They are divided by hardware cloth.
We have three compartments so each of our rabbits has their own space. They are divided by hardware cloth.
The floors for each compartment are some bread trays (trays that bread came to our store on, when I was a kid).  These were still hanging out in a storage building we own.
The floors for each compartment are some bread trays (trays that bread came to our store on, when I was a kid). These were still hanging out in a storage building we own. They slide out for cleaning. They have holes so that the rabbits’ pee and poo can escape out, but it’s more of a flat floor so it should be more comfortable for their feet than fencing or hardware cloth would be.
Here is one of the fish tank stands we have the hutch on.  There are shelves underneath, in case we need to put something there. We chose them because they were already built, they were tall enough, and very strong.
Here is one of the fish tank stands we have the hutch on. There are shelves underneath, in case we need to put something there. We chose them because they were already built, they were tall enough, and very strong.
Here is the view from our side door - we can just look out and make sure everything is ok at night. We have a dimmed light on all the time, and a motion sensor in case predators come in the yard to check them out. Plus our dogs would bark at anything out there.
Here is the view from our side door – we can just look out and make sure everything is ok at night. We have a dimmed light on all the time, and a motion sensor in case predators come in the yard to check them out. Plus our dogs would bark at anything out there.

Here the bunnies are enjoying their new abode.  Please forgive the fuzziness of the pictures, I thought they would turn out better but the bunnies move a lot.

My buck in his new home.
My buck in his new home.
Here is our white doe in her new spot.
Here is our white doe in her new spot.
Here is our black, already pregnant doe, hopefully getting her nest box ready for the babies (due in the next few days).  Last time I gave her a nest box she used it as a litter box. We will see how she does with it.
Here is our black, already pregnant doe, hopefully getting her nest box ready for the babies (due in the next few days). Last time I gave her a nest box she used it as a litter box. We will see how she does with it.

So far it’s going well. We are going to make some wooden nest boxes for all three of the rabbits, so that they have somewhere to go to get more warm.  The metal nest box I gave to my doe is ok for now, but I worry that it would be too cold in winter.  I have the hutch facing the house so that they won’t get as much wind in their cages, but I plan on putting tarp up or something when we get really windy cold days in the winter.

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