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!
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.