If you're new to raising rabbits as part of an urban homesteading project (like I am), you're going to need a home for them. A breeding pair can produce 8-10 bunnies per litter and I'm sure the cats and dogs aren't going to like giving up their cozy beds for dozens of little long eared friends.

The sensible thing to do? Build a rabbit hutch! For less than $250 you can build a sectional 5 cage hutch, perfect for a breeding pair and their offspring.

I know, I know. At this point you're probably thinking "A sectional hutch? What?"

Let me explain. I live in Maine, where winters can dump several feet of snow and pound us with temperatures below zero on a daily basis. With a sectional rabbit hutch I can break it down and move it into my cellar if the temperatures drop too low. I can also move it into other areas of the back yard if I choose to. It can be quickly and easily handled by two adults.

This instructable covers the construction of a 6' (3 bay) rabbit hutch section and an adjoining 4' (2 bay) section.

You may build either or both depending on the number of rabbits you are starting with and the space you have to work with. Lets get started!

Step 1: Create a Plan

I like to draft projects like this using plans and elevations. I sketched out my sections and roughed in dimensions prior to cutting any wood, which gave me a solid direction for the entire process. Use these images to help you get started.

<p>The only thing I would suggest is using 1x1/2&quot; 14 gauge cage wire for the floor. Put it so the 1/2&quot; spaced wires are facing up, and your rabbits' hocks will be just fine. Only reason I comment this is because it looks like you use hardware cloth, which may be tough on their feet and probably won't take long to rust out...otherwise, for a wood-framed rabbit hutch, I'm impressed!</p>
<p>What kind of rabbit do you have? He looks exactly like my rabbit I have now, Rascal, and I have no idea what kind he is. </p>
She is a New Zeland Red. Her brother actually had the red, she had a bit of a calico pattern on her back and belly, but was black furred predominantly.
<p>Rabbits will chew on wood to wear down their teeth. Be aware that they can damage any wood edge they can get to.</p><p>Walking on wire can tear up their feet too and create an entry point for infection. Give them something they can sit on to get relief from the sharp wire. Or get a litter box and do away with the mesh all together.</p><p>Also, please give them something to hide under, a little house or shelf. Rabbits can get very stressed being out in the open.</p>
<p>this is what I've been trying to say... &gt;_&gt;</p>
<p>Thanks for the tips! We've been checking feet to make sure we don't have any abrasions, they like to bed down in the hay we have been supplying as part of their feed so they have plenty of time off the mesh. Is there any downside to allowing this? The chewing was also a thought in the back of my mind during this project. Is there a natural deterrent to keep them from tearing up the wood?</p>
<p>It sounds like they are using the hay as padding on their feet. They should always have plenty of hay to eat as you know. The downside is that if they are urinating and defecating on their hay, you may be wasting some fraction of the hay. A piece of plywood or a cafeteria tray works well to get them off the wire, and they're easy to hose off. You can also make little hay bins, which keep the hay separate from the feces if you continue to feel handy.</p><p>You want them to have something to chew on to maintain their teeth, but you don't want them to chew the cage. A round-over router bit can take the corners off your wood that is inside the enclosure. They can't chew something round. Throw in some sacrificial wood feed their need to chew. It's not a deterrent; it makes it physically impossible for them to get their mouth around it.</p>
<p>Round things are certainly HARDER for them to chew... but not impossible. My rabbits chew even flat plywood! </p>
What size roundover bit would work? Also are scrap pine 2x4 chunks ok to give them as something to chew on?
depends how big your rabbits mouth is honestly. and I only give my rabbit untreated wood. if you don't know what's in the wood, I would put it in there.
<p>Thank you both for the response. I am wanting to start raising meat rabbits in the spring and have been collecting info on the topic. Any tips for a first timer are appreciated.</p>
<p>Rabbits can have the scraps as long as the wood is not treated. I used untreated pine for this, so I give them chunks from the scrap pile. Other than that I give them sticks from the yard. Putting wire over the exposed wood is a good way to prevent chewing, but honestly, mine don't chew a lot. We give them the sticks and scrap and hay cubes and they are busy with those all day.</p>
<p>This was great! My FFA daughter is excited about her new and improved hutches for this years rabbits.</p>
<p>This is really nice! Of course, the wood won't last past 3 years in some places, but it's replaceable. Also, you can put some hot sauce on the wood. However, I don't really like that idea. It just seems so... mean.</p>
Hoping you doubled or tripled the space for each pen. Hutches are cruel. Good luck.
<p>I dont like that there is no ground for them to normally step on otherwise nice project, could be bigger for the animals sake :)</p>
<p>Ground access must be done very carefully, otherwise the rabbits will dig out of the enclosure altogether.</p>
<p>We also have 3 dogs. Having the rabbits off the ground keeps them away from the mutts.</p>
<p>good design; however I would lay down newspapers because they can develop foot problems when the only walk on the wire. </p><p>For pet rabbits at least, I would advise the following: Give each rabbit about double the space. Rabbits also naturally burrow, so they need a substrate to dig in. In order to fulfill their mental needs they should also have toys, somewhere to hide, and things to chew on (to ware down their ever-growing incisors). All animals should have basic comforts and happiness even if they're raised for food. </p>
<p>This looks really well done. Nice work!</p><p>Great first instructable too, I hope we see many more projects from you! :)</p>
<p>Thanks! This actually started as a blog post, but my fianc&eacute;e suggested that I make it an Instructable instead. I think it turned out much better this way, and I will certainly be adding more!</p>

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