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21-10-2009, 01:03 AM
Hi!! I'm new here, this is my first post so be gentle :)

I'm looking for advice on where you guys tend to purchase your rabbit hutches from. I only put my bunny into her new hutch in August and already it needs replacing :(

So please, any recommendations welcome! x

<a href="http://s1019.photobucket.com/albums/af316/Kloy_88/?action=view&current=Close-upBunny.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af316/Kloy_88/Close-upBunny.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

21-10-2009, 01:04 AM
Doh, I hoped that link would work. The picture wasn't relevant. I just love my bunny and like to show her off :oops:

21-10-2009, 01:16 AM
Hello :wave:

I bought my hutch on ebay. It's 6' x 2' and has a 6' x 4' run attached. Paid just under 160 for it. Only bought it a couple of months ago so keeping my fingers crossed that it will last.

21-10-2009, 01:21 AM
Hi Kloy welcome to the Forum :wave:



21-10-2009, 01:29 AM

Kloy - you need to put at the beginning of the link and after it.

You're right, your bunny is very cute and should be shown off. :)

21-10-2009, 11:45 AM
There are a number of companies who make decent hutches for rabbits. For a pair of rabbits they are best in a hutch / run combination which is a minimum of 36 square feet.

This hutch is a good size and if made withT&G it should last longer than your recent purchase. http://www.the-rabbit-hutch-shop.com/Items/GDHG64?&caSKU=GDHG64&caTitle=New%206%20x%202%20Pet%20Rabbit%20Ferret%20 Hutch%20%26%20Run%20Large%20Bunny%20Cage

There ae other really good companies who made decent hutches inlcuidng Kernow Pet Housing http://www.kernowpethousing.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=3&Itemid=3 the top hutch on this page is good and will last, they come flat packed if access to you garden is difficult and instructions are clear and easy how to put them up.

Ryedale make really good and very heavy hutches http://www.rehutches.com/doubledeluxehutch08.htm again a 6 foot with attatched run would be ideal.

Many of these also make smaller hutches which are too small for rabbits and in the long run are a false economy.

Sheds or Wendy houses with attatched runs are also a very easily workable option and have the advantage that cleaning out in the winter is much easier than a hutch and you have the option of sitting out with them. They often work out cheaper than a hutch and run. A T&G will last longer than an overlap.

Like anything if maintained they last longer than if not maintained. Most shed and decent hutch manufacturers suggest that treating the hutch between 6 - 12 monthly will enhanse its life. Covering the floors of hutches and sheds will also protect them and extend their life.

21-10-2009, 11:49 AM
Personally having seen a number of the chicken coop type hutches which can be bought, I woudl try and avoid going down this route. They give very little sheltered accomodation and insufficient overall accomodation in total. Many of these are made out of a softwood whcih some bunnies will eat very quickly.

Many rescues will only rehome to these if the sides are blocked in making it more like a hutch and with an additional large run attatched to it.

21-10-2009, 08:44 PM
Thankyou BevBunny for your picture help! I didn't realise it was quite so huge! :shock:

And thanks to all for the links.... the ryeland (?) ones look amazing if a little pricier than I was hoping. Then again I guess it'll be worth it in the long run :D

21-10-2009, 11:05 PM
I had mine handmade by this person:
http://www.dawsonsanimalhousing.co.uk/ and it is not only solid but is beautiful (almost a shame to put my naughty messy tykes in it.) To top it all off, he hand delivers for an additional fee, meaning you can ask him to put it where you want and he is so reliable, he turns up on time. I highly recommend him as he makes it to any spec you like.
I had a 5ft by 2ft by 2.5ft high hutch made, ship-lapped and felted and delivered costing me 150. IT is a wonderful hutch, and has a removable panel at the front to stop bedding from going everywhere but which makes it easier to clean out and clamp paper down etc. It is in a stable which they run around free range in, hence why it's 5ft, not 6 but his 6ft one would be 160 with delivery.
I have a PAH one which is great but they don't make it any more. My other PAH one is falling apart already and is only a month older than the Dawson one...