What is a Rabbit house?
A hutch is a type of cage used typically for housing domestic rabbits.
How To Build A Rabbit House In Uganda
Below is how to build a rabbit house in Uganda
Choose a place where you can keep an eye on the rabbits. But the rabbit cage should be away from where children play, as rabbits hate noise.
The rabbit cage is built on posts that should be 180 cm for the front and 170 cm for the back. This difference creates a slope to drain off the rainwater. Dig the post holes about 30 cm deep.
Build the floor 1 meter above the ground. You can make the floor with wire mesh or with scrap lumber, but leave gaps between the boards so that the urine and droppings fall to the ground. Make the walls with scrap lumber, nailed close together on the back and sides. The walls should be smooth, so the rabbits don’t hurt themselves.
Each adult rabbit must have its own pen, or it will fight. A pen should be at least 60 cm high, 90 cm wide, and 70 cm to the back, so the rabbit can stand up and hop around. Make a door in each pen to give water and feed.
Rabbit pens must be well-ventilated because the urine stinks. To let in light and air, make the front of the cage from wire mesh. You can use old corrugated iron sheets to make the roof if there are no holes.
Add a small box with soft bedding to be a nest where the female can give birth. In cold places, straw beddings help to keep the rabbits warm. Give the rabbits a bowl of water. Keep rats and ants out. Make a rat guard with tin on each post. Smear old engine oil on the base of the posts so the ants do not crawl up.
How do I Choose the Right Rabbit Hutch?
Below are things to consider when choosing a rabbit hutch
1. The size of the rabbit cage or hutch
There is never a rabbit hutch that is too big for your rabbits. Experts recommend a rabbit hutch or rabbit cage to be at least four times the rabbit’s length.
2. The type of rabbit cage or hutch
You have a choice of either an indoor or outdoor rabbit cage. Rabbits are generally safer indoors and more comfortable because of climate controls in the house.
3. The design and materials used
Most modern rabbit hutches and rabbit cages today are made of metal, plastic, or wood, depending on size and exposure to the elements.
What materials are used in making rabbit houses?
Below are the needed materials for making rabbit houses
Wood. Most untreated wood is fine for example pine, for sheets – plywood is fairly commonly used to build outdoor rabbit housing.
Plastics. Corrugated plastic sheets (Correx) can be an easy-to-use building material – though they don’t very chew proof.
Rabbit Safe Paint/Varnish/Stain.