This step by step diy project is about outdoor rabbit hutch plans. If you want to grow rabbits, you need to build a basic hutch as to protect them from bad weather and keep them safe from predators. Make sure you sanitize the wooden components regularly. In addition, adjust the size of the backyard hutch according to the rabbit breed you are going to grow. This aspect is essential as rabbits require different conditions according to their breed.
Generally speaking, there are many designs and sizes you can choose from when building a rabbit hutch, so we strongly advise you to check all the options before starting the actual construction. Always choose professional plans and invest in the best quality lumber you can afford (pressure treated lumber, cedar, pine). Use a quality saw to adjust the size of the components at the right dimensions.
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 32 3/4” long, 2 pieces – 28 1/2″, 1 piece – 48″, 2 pieces – 45″ FRAME
- A – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21” long, 1 piece – 20 1/2″ FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 24”x48″ long FLOORING
- C – 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 21″x22 1/2” long INTERIOR WALL
- D - 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24 3/4” long, 6 pieces – 13 3/4″, 6 pieces – 48″ SLATS
- E - 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 17 1/4″” long, 2 pieces – 29 3/4″ long DOOR
- F - 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 27 3/4″x52 1/2″ long, asphalt shingles ROOFING
Building a rabbit hutch
Top Tip: Building a hutch for rabbits is a complex project, as you have to face many challenges. Choose the right design and size for your construction is hard, but the end result will most certainly add value to your garden.
Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Plans
The first step of the outdoor project is to make the frame of the rabbit hutch. As you can notice in the free plans, we recommend you to build a light structure using 2×2 lumber.
Top Tip: Cut the wooden components at the right size and lock them together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws, after drilling pilot holes. Check if the corners are right-angled and plumb the post with a spirit level.
Continue the woodworking project by attaching the 1/2″ plywood flooring. In order to fit into place, around the posts, we recommend you to cut small notches in the piece of plywood with a good circular saw.
Attach the plywood sheets to the floor and lock it into place with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws of finishing nails. It is essential to check if the corners are right-angled after fitting each component.
The next step is to install the interior wall, out of 1/4″ plywood. Cut the plywood sheet at the right size and fit it inside the rabbit hutch, as shown in the image. If you want to get a professional result, we recommend you to plumb the wall with a spirit level.
Top Tip: Mark the cut lines with a pencil before making the cuts with a saw. It is essential to take accurate measurements, otherwise the wall won’t fit into place.
Attach 1×4 slats to the back of the hutch, making sure you align them at both ends. In addition, we recommend you to drill pilot holes at both ends and to insert the screws into the frame. Add waterproof glue between the slats, if you want to increase the bond of the structure.
Continue the project by attaching the slats to the front and to the sides of the hutch. Align the slats at both ends and secure them to the frame with screws.
Top Tip: Use a circular saw to adjust the size of the slats.
Building the front door for the hutch is an easy procedure, as you need just 2×2 lumber and a piece of chicken wire. Assemble the wooden frame on a level surface and attach it to the hutch with metal hinges.
Top Tip: Work with attention and make sure the door opens properly. Build a straight-forward latch by securing a piece of lumber to the frame with a long nail (pre-drill the lumber).
One of the last steps of the project is to build the roof of the hutch. Therefore, you should cut a small piece of 1/2″ plywood and lock it into place with several nails or galvanized screws.
Afterwards, cover the roof with asphalt shingles, as to make the structure waterproof. Make sure the shingles overhang the structure about 1″ on all sides, to enhance the water drainage. Fitting tar paper is optional but highly advisable.
Last but not least, take care of the final touches. Therefore, fill the gaps with wood putty and let the compound dry out for several hours, before sanding the surface with medium grit sandpaper. Afterwards, clean the surface with a cloth and apply several coats of wood stain or paint, to protect the wood from rot.
Top Tip: You could fit lattice panels between the posts, if you want to create storage space under the rabbit hutch. In addition, the panels would add character to your construction.
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