Introduction: Cleaning Tray for an Outdoor Hutch.
Unfortunately, my son is allergic to dogs and cats. So we thought about taking a very cute dwarf rabbit.
We didn't want to keep him in a small cage, so we arranged our small balcony for him with a large outdoor den.
Scuci looks very happy in her environment. However, the balcony is always full of hay that goes around, cleaning under the cage is complicated and, especially, when it rains she is forced to stay in the wet to eat. Furthermore, the lower part of the cage can be damaged if it is placed on wet surfaces.
- Four 29mm wheel
- One waterproof composite material panel
- Two 25x30x1000 wood strips
- Outdoor wood protection painting
- Some wood screws
Step 1: Wheel Installation
The purpose of the wheels is to lift the cage off the ground. In this way, it is possible to insert it under the tray and it can also be easily moved for cleaning.
The wheels must be suitable for the size of the cage support woods. It is important that the wheel rests on the main axes of the cage.
Notice how stagnant water has already started to affect the wood.
Step 2: Cut the Panel
The panel must be cut so that it passes under the cage between the wheels. I decided to leave some space beyond the cage so that Scuci can have some dry space outside. It is important not to overdo it, otherwise, it risks being exposed too much to the rain.
Step 3: Creation of the Border
To prevent hay from going all over the balcony I decided to install an edge. It is important that the edge allows inserting the whole panel under the cage. It is better to do some measurements.
Once measured, just cut the pieces of wood to size.
Step 4: Painting
The wooden strips will have to withstand the outside, it is important to paint them with a protective varnish.
Step 5: Staircase
The beautiful Scuci house has two floors. The access ladder has a hinge which makes it move up and down to adapt itself to the ground.
However this solution does not allow us to slide the panel comfortably under the cage, therefore it is necessary to create a trick to lock it up to the desired level.
I installed a small piece of wood connected to the back of the cage so that the ladder rests on it.
Step 6: Mounting
After drying the strips, they must be mounted on the panel with common wood screws.
Scuci is very curious and comes to check immediately what we are doing.
Step 7: Feet
I recommend installing even small feets so that the panel is also washed out and out of stagnant water.
Attention, the height of the feet added to the panel section must be lower than the height of the wheels. Otherwise, the panel does not pass under the cage.
Step 8: Final Test
Unfortunately, I didn't have the right color for the edge, so the tray doesn't match the cage.
But it works very well and now it is much more convenient to clean. Furthermore, the cage can be moved without having to lift it.
Another surprise was that Scuci loves to sleep on the panel near the hay!
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