Introduction: Rabbit Playpen That Will Make Your Neighbor's Rabbit Jealous!
This actually used to be our old chicken coop. But when my mom built our cool new one (I'll eventually make an indestructible on it) I took it apart and rebuilt it into an amazing rabbit playpen. It's relatively portable, safe, fun, and comfy for a rabbit. It's also the perfect place to cut your rabbit's nails, so if he escapes, he won't really get away.
This is the instructible for my rabbit cages, in case you want to know how to build them. They're awesome.
It's a super easy build. Anyone would be able to do it. The only really hard part is cutting the wood. And the only reason that's hard for me is because I don't have a proper support for the wood.
(The video was taken before I added the treehouse. It shows my baby bunnies. So very cute :)
Step 1: Buy the Stuff
Get a bunch of furring strips. These are 1" x 3", but you can use any size furring strip, as long as it's 8' long. Well, I wouldn't use really tiny ones.
Two panels will need:
-5 furring strips
-4 2' x 4' chicken wire pieces
-12 1.5" deck screws
-4 eye screws
-2 big-ish zipties
-a bunch of staples
-saw (circular/table/hand saw)
And for the whole project:
-2 hook fasteners
Step 2: Cut
Cut all your furring strips exactly in half. Each one should become 2 4' lengths.
Step 3: Screw It Together
Put two screws in each joint.
Step 4: Wire
Staple the wire in place.
Step 5: Eye Screws
Screw the eye screws in place where the red marks are.
Step 6: Zip Tie!
Erect all panels in a circle so that the sharp wire is facing outward. Zip tie every joint except one. You will have to use the hook fasteners as a door here.
Step 7: The Treehouse
I threw together a wooden box out of scrap plywood and wire. I didn't design it; I kinda just let it happen. It wasn't hard. I just used scrap wood and nails. But if you want a prettier box, I'm sure there are good designs for such things online.
The back of the box is attached with eye screws to form a sort of door. It you want, you can make a better door.
And it's nailed to the tree with simple cross beams and nails. My dad's pneumatic nailer made the job really easy.
And, of course, the tunnel leading up to the tree house. It's made with a simple deck board and some 2' wide hardware cloth. I just bent the hardware cloth into a square shape, using the board as the form. Then I stapled the bottom edges of the wire to the sides of the board.
It was easy to cut through the chicken wire and feed the tunnel through. Then I nailed the tunnel to the tree house and fastened some hardware cloth in a unique (a. k. a. jerryrigged) fashion to prevent rabbits from nosing there way out. It's actually really strong.
I set the tunnel on two landscape blocks. Finished!
The bunnies love their tree house.