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    Hutches:

    What are they?

    A hutch is a predominately wooden box for rabbits. The usually have two compartments and two or more doors, some meshed and some solid wood. The smaller enclosed area gives the rabbit somewhere to hide in if it's scared. Sometimes they come in double heights and sometimes over the top of a run. These are mainly used outdoors but can also be used indoors.


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    What are the advantages?

    Hutches are quite easy to get hold of as they tend to be the first thought for rabbit housing. They also work well for areas with limited space. Hutches can also be used as a base area for rabbits in the home while they free range within a room or rooms.

    What are the disadvantages?

    Most hutches on the market are not big enough to meet the minimum requirements for rabbit housing, they are also quite difficult to clean out.

    OK, so I want to go for a hutch, what do I do now?

    Some good suppliers of large hutches are:
    Animal Magic Pet Supplies
    Ebay guy
    Forsham Arks
    Happy Hutch
    Kernow
    Notcutts
    Rabbit Hutches UK
    Ryedale
    The Rabbit Hutch Shop

    If a hutch is used alone it should be at least 6 foot long, 2 foot high and 2 foot deep to allow the rabbit or rabbits space to move around.

    It can be a good idea to fit non-slip lino to the bottom of the hutch and secure the edges with wood battens, this stops urine soaking into the wood and makes it easier to clean out. Rabbits in hutches need attached runs or aviaries or at least 8 hours in a larger area. Runs can be attached with cat flaps or tunnels.
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    PLEASE NOTE:

    Changes in temperature can affect a rabbit's health so in a setup like this if the rabbits are outside they MUST be able to get indoors through their own choice if they need to.


    Quote Originally Posted by chelle View Post
    Hi all!

    OH & I have been thinking about this for a while....Ive got a shed I could convert...but we needed the storage...and we also wanted to spend more time with the buns and if we used the shed they would be at the bottom of the garden and when they were housed there in their hutches - most evenings I would be out there...rain or shine and OH would be indoors....so it was not enjoyable.

    Of course we also wanted what was best for the buns....and that means space space space! lol!
    This is our solution for now....and we are really pleased...we plan to make the garden abit more secure and give them access to that in time.

    Sorry its long...hope it helps anyone with some idea's!




    Our new sideboard....secret conversion to bunny bolt hole - indoor free range access area!


    The buns sideboard shelf....Master Archie posing...he spends most days sleeping on the cushion or the rug indoors!


    Tunnel from inside the sideboard - Archies head! lol!


    This is where the tunnel leads to outdoors into their joined hutches....


    The tunnel that goes from the sideboard - through the wall and into the hutches...the bricks are for steps - but mainly because the hutches are raised off the ground and the bases can be lifted out - so the bricks are used to weight the base down to stop predators being able to move them.


    Master Archie loves the new setup and jumps about alot! lol!


    Arrabella & Archie hanging out together.....


    Poor Indiana in the upstairs area for 24 hours. Its not ideal...The girls are being swopped over every night...then they go crazy running about stretching their legs...they have been seperated as they were fighting and wounded each other quite badly. Now that Im home again - and they are almost healed, I will be getting their VHD vacs and then trying to rebond...


    Tunnel from joined hutches to run area.


    This panel slides into the hutches where the wooden tunnel comes to the run. This is screwed in for security when needed. Dont know why the picture is side-ways...its the right way up when I copy the link...sorry about that!

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