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Claire
23-08-2004, 01:51 PM
Hello everyone.

Advise pls !!! How big should an external hutch be if it's to house two medium sized rabbits? :?: I can't find a single pet shop that does hutches for two ! I've read in a book that a good size is approx 180 mm wide x 90 mm High x 90 mm deep, but I'm not sure if that's big enough. Neither myself or partner are very DIY minded so making one is not an option... although I guess I could find someone to make a hutch for me.

I currently have one rabbit but hope to add another addition to the family as soon as we can find the right hutch.

Claire :)

bunnyhuggger
23-08-2004, 01:54 PM
You could always buy two hutches, join them together securely side by side, make connecting tunnel or doorway and have a MEGA hutch! That way both buns could get away from each other if they wanted time out or you could have a removable divider for if you need to separate them at any time.

LurcherGirl
23-08-2004, 01:56 PM
The measurements you are giving are tiny... :D I think you mean cm, not mm (180mm is less than 10 inches... :? ).

I think you should really be looking at a 5' hutch for two rabbits. They will of course still need outside exercise.

nicola
23-08-2004, 01:56 PM
I dont know if they still do them but Wyvale garden centres used to stock huge hutches and runs whch were not badly priced.I have just made one for 2-3 bunnies and it is 7ft by 4 ft.They need to be able to lie out flat either way and be able to stand up.It really isnt that hard to make one,just make a large frame out of 2 by 2 wood and attach wood walls,i am not diy minded either but i even managed a door!!!

Claire
23-08-2004, 02:03 PM
:lol: I did mean cm !!! doh.

We have a Wyvale garden centre near us so I'll go along over the weekend - thank you for that I never thought to visit a garden centre !

We have a very large rabbit proof garden which Ben loves to guard - he even chases off the birds the little rascal !

:P

Rallybunny
23-08-2004, 02:07 PM
I have seen an advertisement for these people in my local paper, they are local to me, but I expect they can deliver too. Their advert states that they provide bigger sized cages:


Better Bunny Homes Tel: 01803 875050


Unit 5a, Coventry Farm, Newton Rd, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7HX

Claire
23-08-2004, 02:10 PM
Thank you, I will give them a call :)

Claire
PS, What a beautiful looking bunny :wink:

Tamsin
23-08-2004, 02:23 PM
Have a look at this topic for some other hutch companies - http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=222

Tam

bunnyhuggger
23-08-2004, 02:31 PM
Even better, why not have a look at these ones http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/donate/rabbithutch.asp , if you buy one from them, if you mention Rabbit Rehome in your order, Rabbitrehome get a commission which then goes towards rabbit welfare. Tamsin has managed to raise quite a lot of money this way and last time many rescue centres benefitted from being sent a selection of rabbity toys (including CARROT :D ). I promise Tamsin, I'll get the photos for you.

Lazylops
24-08-2004, 09:52 AM
YOu could also contact www.happyhutch.co.uk as they will make one to your specifications, and I believe Lizzie can vouch for their excellent quality as she has two bunnies, two wonderful bunnies I hasten to add, living in one of HH hutches at the moment.

annie

Stephanie
24-08-2004, 09:56 AM
have you thought about converting a shed into a bunny house ?

tinymitten
24-08-2004, 11:46 AM
Agree with lazylops - the Happy Hutch co do some fab hutches. I have a split level 5' by 2' by 2' affair for my two medium buns and they do utilise all of the space - lots of room for games of all description! Drawback may be that they are quite expensive - but SO worth it if your bunnies live outside and do not have the luxury of an indoor pad!

Lazylops
24-08-2004, 11:49 AM
As tinymitten has said Happy hutch can be a little on the expensive size, but I think where the welfare of the bunny is concerned you can't really compromise on cost. Also, these hutches are very well made, so will probably last you forever. :D

bunnyhuggger
24-08-2004, 12:07 PM
I always look on it this way:

Break down the cost of a hutch and compare it to how many days use you get out of it. ie. A hutch at say £120, it lasts 120 days, that's £1 a day, if it lasts for 240 days, that's 50p a day etc.

Also, remember that the bun has to 'live' in it for anything up to 8 years or more, so the biggest and best money can buy would be ideal.

Don't be grippit when it comes to the bun you love! :lol:

Claire
24-08-2004, 01:36 PM
Hi all,

I don't mind how much I spend on a new hutch as long as my bunny has plenty of room. It makes me very sad to see the size of hutches available in the pet shops, but you've given me some great tips and helpful web address. I think converting a shed or a childrens playhouse (I'll remove the glass and replace with wire mesh) is a great idea. Just want to get the new home arranged ASAP so I get on a new companion for Ben. Off to the garden centre this evening :D

I've called a couple of local rescue centres regarding help with 'Bonding' Ben with a female, everyone has been really helpful so I just need to get the ball rolling. :D

This really is a fab web site.

Karen2
24-08-2004, 07:53 PM
It is really worth considering a shed......you don't getwet in winter...they have more space and the feeling of space over their heads and you can attach a run to the side if you make a porthole......they are generally cheaper for the size than you would pay for a hutch and you can make it fum for them inside and put a mesh door on aswell as the regular door

Holly Go-Lightly
24-08-2004, 07:57 PM
Try www.Hopandhutch.com
I bought 2 utches from there this week and found them similar quality to Happy Hutch but a lot cheaper! The qowner also loves buns :D . He has 26!!!!!!

bluebunny
24-08-2004, 08:05 PM
http://www.hop-and-hutch.co.uk/erol.html
which hutches did you buy?

nicola
25-08-2004, 08:45 AM
Pets at home have brought out a very nice and large hutch,it has only been in stock for 1 week but it's a super size compared to what they used to sell as rabbit hutches.

Holly Go-Lightly
25-08-2004, 10:27 AM
http://www.hop-and-hutch.co.uk/erol.html
which hutches did you buy?

I bought the three story ones with 4 ft runs attached. They are mucha easier for cleaning, feeding and catching buns :)

bluebunny
25-08-2004, 10:32 AM
these have some good ones
http://www.simply-summerhouses.co.uk/rabbit_hutches_and_runs.htm

http://www.simply-summerhouses.co.uk/animal_house.htm

bluebunny
25-08-2004, 10:35 AM
http://www.hop-and-hutch.co.uk/erol.html
which hutches did you buy?

I bought the three story ones with 4 ft runs attached. They are mucha easier for cleaning, feeding and catching buns :)
how many buns live it it? it looks quite good

Holly Go-Lightly
25-08-2004, 11:46 AM
http://www.hop-and-hutch.co.uk/erol.html
which hutches did you buy?

I bought the three story ones with 4 ft runs attached. They are mucha easier for cleaning, feeding and catching buns :)
how many buns live it it? it looks quite good

Hiya,

4 buns live in each. BUT they do get to go outside for a tear around everyday. I think they are great for giving buns a bit of privacy. Sometimes they just want everyone out of their face. Each of them has a favorite floor (it's like their own little apartment). They come out into the run for supper :) Very cute

touie
25-08-2004, 11:46 AM
I have a five foot hutch that I no longer use as my bunnys live indoors, you could have it for free but I can't deliver!

Towsbuns
25-08-2004, 01:02 PM
Those three storey Hop and Hutch ones look great and good value too - wonder if I could get away with a brand new shed and a three-storey hutch for the buns or is that pushing the other half a bit too far :wink: - I'll work on him over the next couple of weeks.
Where abouts are you touie? - that is a generous offer.

touie
25-08-2004, 01:41 PM
I am in Hampshire not far from Portsmouth in the sunny South!

Lazylops
25-08-2004, 04:34 PM
Hello I've pm'd you about the hutch should Towsbuns not be interested... :D

Claire
25-08-2004, 05:05 PM
I've seen a really nice playhouse that I could convert into a bunny home, however everything I have ever read always comments that the hutch should be raised off the ground. So I'm a tad concerned that a playhouse/shed will be ok. Obviously I will put a playhouse/shed on a patio slab base - is this going to be ok???????? :?

bunnyhuggger
25-08-2004, 05:15 PM
We are in the middle of converting 8 wooden wendy type houses for the rescue buns. I think the reason for hutches normally being raised is to stop things like mice and rats getting in but I'm not sure. Can anyone else think of a reason why? We are putting in small guage weldmesh so that should keep the pesky blighters out!

Claire
25-08-2004, 05:19 PM
8 Wow, and I'm getting stressed over one !! :lol:

bunnyhuggger
25-08-2004, 05:26 PM
Hmmmmmm, stress, tell me about it! :lol: We've got one completely built but with no run attached as yet, one nearly built but with no run attached as yet, one painted with two coats and awaiting the third coat IF ONLY THE BLINKIN' RAIN WOULD STOP!!!!!!!! :roll:

Lynn
25-08-2004, 08:37 PM
Hi Claire - we have one of these playhouses for the Robster. It is raised on slabs and has a run attached to each side for him to get out and explore. Photo attached below if you want to see it. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/ljmrb/c657f430.jpg

Bob
25-08-2004, 10:18 PM
We are in the middle of converting 8 wooden wendy type houses for the rescue buns. I think the reason for hutches normally being raised is to stop things like mice and rats getting in but I'm not sure. Can anyone else think of a reason why? We are putting in small guage weldmesh so that should keep the pesky blighters out!

Your right about the rats and mice. It is also to do with drafts and dampness so people don’t just buy one of those “starter packs” and stick it on the floor or grass – sadly, it happens :( A Wendy house or shed, are simply an additional protective environment for the rabbits and also us or just simply a whopping big hutch!

I am converting a 12’ by 5’ shed for my four buns at the moment (2 @ each end, 3 levels (hope) ( plus run).

I know exactly what you mean about stress, but could not cope with that times 8 LOL. Hat’s off to you. The weather is a nightmare.

About 3 weeks ago on a sunny day I thought go for it… take a single door shed with 2 windows and convert it into a four window shed with double barn doors.

Have electric saw, what’s the problem? Who needs a plan? (bob will bodge it), Well bob has bodged it ROFL, just need two more windows then start on the inside but not actually a bad job but it should have been a weekend job as I trusted our weather forecasters….

The Inside? well that should be interesting. Asked my kids for some ideas on that and they came up with a rope ladder and rope swing with a carrot at the end. Right…, very helpful.

Wish you luck with your Wendy Houses.

Any ideas on the “dream shed interior”?

Bob

Bob
25-08-2004, 10:25 PM
Hi Claire - we have one of these playhouses for the Robster. It is raised on slabs and has a run attached to each side for him to get out and explore. Photo attached below if you want to see it. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/ljmrb/c657f430.jpg

That is absolutely excellent! I have never even considered using the wire run panels that you have into a purpose built run - got me thinking now.... best I finish off the doors and windows and then do the insides first LOL

Bob

Lynn
25-08-2004, 10:43 PM
Hi Bob - if you are interested the wire run panels that I bought are advertised on the Rabbit Rehome website - added bonus was that when we ordered they paid a donation to Rabbit Rehome, but I'm not sure if that is still running now. I have just ordered another eight panels as an 'introduction' pen, as we are hoping to bond Robbie. Link below should give more details if you are interested:

http://pwsgreenline.co.uk/webstore/product_info.php/products_id/49?osCsid=41ae07be06ef4a6d1a5163980fbd3f8e

The eight panels are very sturdy - can be used on their own as a supervised run area, but we attached them to a wooden frame, so that we could put a roof on it, then Robbie can be in it all day unsupervised.

We don't have too much in the inside, so he has plenty of space - he has a litter tray, bed type thing, food bowls, hay rack and toys to amuse him. It has lino on the bottom - hygienic, easy to clean (and best of all he can't eat it, as he did with the carpet we originally put in it :? ).

Good luck with the building - the happy faces of the buns when you finish will make it all worthwhile :)

bunnyhuggger
25-08-2004, 10:47 PM
:lol: I like your style Bob! You made me laugh, thank you sooo much! Can't wait to see the pics. *thinks: I'm soooo glad I don't have kids.....* :lol:

Tamsin
25-08-2004, 10:52 PM
Hi Bob - if you are interested the wire run panels that I bought are advertised on the Rabbit Rehome website - added bonus was that when we ordered they paid a donation to Rabbit Rehome, but I'm not sure if that is still running now.

Yep, you just need to mention Rabbit Rehome on your order form :D I sent out 200 toys to rescue bunnies using some of the money raised so far.

Tam

Lynn
25-08-2004, 10:55 PM
Thanks Tamsin - I couldn't find the 'advertising bit' on RR yesterday when I ordered the new panels - however, I took the chance and quoted 'Rabbit' on the order (which is nearly right :? ), so I hope the donation is still made - might drop them an e-mail to confirm :)

Tamsin
25-08-2004, 11:06 PM
"Rabbit" is fine, you don't have to go through RR for it to work :) I'l have to chase another cheque from them and then I can have more fun spending it !!!

Tam

Holly Go-Lightly
26-08-2004, 08:07 AM
Thanks Tamsin - I couldn't find the 'advertising bit' on RR yesterday when I ordered the new panels - however, I took the chance and quoted 'Rabbit' on the order (which is nearly right :? ), so I hope the donation is still made - might drop them an e-mail to confirm :)

Hi Lynn,

If you're worried please just drop an e-mail to Kirsten at PWS Greenline.
Kirsten Guest [k.guest@otto.co.uk]
She was great when I placed my order for them. I wasn't sure if they remembered to donate as well. Both Linda and I use the green panels in a "fixed" outdoor run. I like your idea of putting a roof on though. Your set up looks amazing. Lucky Robster:)

Bob - inside my Wendy house I have the following...

1. a loft - large shelf chest height for food, treats, litter, shampoo and a little extra space for filling bowls.

2. a wainscot half-wall down the middle 1.5' high. This keeps happy Guinea Pigs safe on one side of the floor and a nice clean side for mummy to walk around on the other side. I put down the sticky lino tiles for easy cleaning.

3. A Table for minor surgeries. Inspecting ears, eyes, bums, feet, and doing nails.

4. A coatrack for when I need to hang up my mac, wet tea towels etc.

5. On the wall - Black and white photos of Audrey Hepburn, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid etc all in frames. For decoration. Still trying to find one of Julius Caesar for The Geeze.

6. Mini obstacle course for the buns who can come in the side through cat flap, jump over the wall, onto vet traveller box, tunnel into box of hay, come out of top, jump on table, land other side onto little fleece cat bed.

7. Window boxes with bedding plants

Good Luck. Let me know how it goes!

Claire
26-08-2004, 09:00 AM
Hi Claire - we have one of these playhouses for the Robster. It is raised on slabs and has a run attached to each side for him to get out and explore. Photo attached below if you want to see it. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/ljmrb/c657f430.jpg

Hi Lynn

That looks fantastic, just the sort of thing I want for my bunny !, I've instructed Darren to have a look at the picture so he can visualise what I've been going on about ! :lol: Weather permitting we should be able to get the slabs down this weekend at least...........!

Claire

Claire
26-08-2004, 01:31 PM
I've just ordered a rabbit run and roof from PWS Greenline !!! I plan to do similar to Lynn and add this to the side of my bunny's new house so he can come and go as he pleases during the day, rather than having to wait until I get home from work. :D

Lynn
26-08-2004, 02:07 PM
Hi Claire - I'm sure he'll love it !!

Not sure what you are putting the run on i.e. grass / concrete, but Robbie's run is on grass, so we had to protect the bottom as well as the top, in case he decided to try and dig his way out (although he would have needed to dig an almighty hole, as he is a rather large bunster :lol: )

We thought the panels themselves were a bit thick, and might hurt his feet, so we bought a roll of green plastic metal mesh from B&Q (more flexible and a bit softer) and put this on the bottom. It doesn't seem to bother his feet at all. Did you also get the post keeper system from PWS - if not, the run doesn't support itself too well, as its quite big, which is why we attached it on a wooden frame.

Good luck - hope you enjoy DIY !!

Claire
26-08-2004, 03:33 PM
Hi Claire - I'm sure he'll love it !!

Not sure what you are putting the run on i.e. grass / concrete, but Robbie's run is on grass, so we had to protect the bottom as well as the top, in case he decided to try and dig his way out (although he would have needed to dig an almighty hole, as he is a rather large bunster :lol: )

We thought the panels themselves were a bit thick, and might hurt his feet, so we bought a roll of green plastic metal mesh from B&Q (more flexible and a bit softer) and put this on the bottom. It doesn't seem to bother his feet at all. Did you also get the post keeper system from PWS - if not, the run doesn't support itself too well, as its quite big, which is why we attached it on a wooden frame.

Good luck - hope you enjoy DIY !!

Hi Lynn

We quite like the idea of putting metal mesh under the turf that way Ben can dig if he wants to but won't be able to get very far.....we hope.

We also decided against the post keeper system for now, we will try to build a wooden frame instead, our DIY isn't the best but thought we really couldn't get this wrong :lol: However if all goes to pot I will order the post keeper system which wouldn't be such a bad thing as Rabbit Rehome will get another donation :D

Claire