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
Rabbit Hutches UK
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.
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.