This indoor/outdoor rabbit hutch takes advantage of the warmth of the garage in the fall and winter and the cool breezes in Spring and Summer. I cut out some panels on the outside of the garage as well as the plywood underneath so they could move freely between the sides. There is a large piece of asphalt shingling over the cages so they are protected from the elements.

Step 1: build the cage's under-structure on both sides of the garage wall

The five-bay cage was purchased used from a mink farmer. It would be easy to make a similar cage out of the raw materials, but I was glad that I didn't have to. The structure that holds up the cage was built like a deck with the joists spaced about a foot apart. I used reclaimed cedar wood from an old project so that it would hold up to the elements.
<p>Aww. I always love to see pictures of baby bunnies. I have some on the way right now!</p>
<p>OMG those babies are SO CUTE!!!!</p>
I got a good idea. Make a single story hutch without legs, put wheals in the back raised so that they only move when the opposite bed is lifted. Make the bottom wire mesh so the feces falls out. Put it on a farm/garden bed before planting season, and move forward every 2 days. This makes some fertile and composted soil, plus it's an easy design.
That's called a rabbit tractor. They make the same kind of thing for chickens. In my neighborhood, it would be dangerous to have the rabbits in an accessible place. I'd hate to come home to find a rabbit missing and a note saying, &quot;thanks for the stew meat&quot;.
Really great job! I like the idea of having inside and outside access. The babies are darling too!
Realistically, a rabbit should have a 4 x 4 foot pen without the wire bottom to be truly comfortable. If the rabbit has the urge to jump, put a lid on top of the pen.

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