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How to Build a Rabbit Hutch?

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Individuals keep various kinds of animals for pets. They do so for delight, companionship or just to obtain a sense of responsibility and to care for something. Some pets serve other purposes such as protecting homes and property and getting rid of vermins. Cats, dogs, fish and birds are the most popular pets almost any animal can be a pet providing it is not an endangered species.

One animal that can make a suitable pet is the rabbit. They can be kept in a cage both indoors and outside or left to stray. However, it is advised to keep them indoors where they are safe from predators and severe temperatures. If you are a pet lover and want to own a rabbit you will require a suitable hutch to accommodate it. You can either buy one or make one by yourself. Follow the instructions below to make your own cage that can accommodate up to three rabbits comfortably.

How To Build A Rabbit Hutch

Required Materials:

24” x 96” Chicken wire

2 door hinges

Hook and eye latch

2 sheets ply board 24” x 72” x 3/4 “

8 pieces of 2” x 4” wood that are 8-foot in length

2 1” x 2” boards that are 6-foot in length

Nails

Necessary Tools:

Wire cutter

Pliers

Screwdriver

Hammer

Measuring tape

Handsaw

Instructions:

1.Use the handsaw to cut 4 pieces of 2” x 4” wood to 48” long. Cut 8 pieces 24” long.

2.Use the hammer to nail a 48” piece to 24” piece in the shape of an ‘L’. The boards must be joined so that 4” are left on both the right and left sides of the 24” piece.

3.Nail the end of the 48” piece to the 24” piece.

4.Join another piece of 48” wood to the opposite side of the 24” wood to make a ‘U’.

5.Nail a second piece of 24” wood to the last 2” of the 48” wood to form a rectangular frame.

6.Put the frame on the workbench with one 48” board in front of you while the 24” boards facing away from you.

7.Nail a 24” board to each corner of the frame. The board must point toward the ceiling. Nail the board so that the 4” widths face you from each corner.

8.Nail a 48” board between the 24” board that face you so that the upright rectangle that is facing you will be the same as the one on the workbench.

9.Repeat the same process to the other side.

10.Nail a piece of 24” board on the top of the 24” inch boards that are placed upright.

11.Turn over the structure and do the same repeat.

12.Using handsaw cut two 2-foot square pieces of the plywood.

13.Nail them to the square ends of the cage. Nails should be close to ensure it is secure.

14.Saw a rectangular piece of plywood and nail to cover the back. Cover all sides with ply board.

15.Use wire cutter and cut a piece of the chicken wire and nail it to half the front of the cage.

16.Cut a piece of ply board to the other half and screw the hinges to it and to the cage to make a door.

17.Screw the hook and eye latch to the door.

18.Turn the cage over and nail 48” 2” x 4”s to make the legs.

Tips:

Paint the hutch if you want a more attractive appearance.

Make sure that the legs are the same in length.

Here you can find more tips on how to build a rabbit hutch.

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May 27th, 2010 at 2:08 am

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