Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

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*Post Update* In 2020 we moved, our new house has a large barn where we set up a bunny barn – click here to read more about our current set up.  The rabbit yard below served us really well for 5 years though!**

Before we brought our bunnies home I combed the internet looking at pictures of other rabbit owner’s set ups trying to get ideas.  I thought you might like a peak at our enclosure 🙂

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The rabbit yard is right off the back of the house, in a corner framed by the sunroom & living room.  The area is about 10 feet x 15 feet.  Building it off the back of the house makes it convenient for us to visit and care for the buns, keeps them safer and allows the house to block winds.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The yard is enclosed by a 4 foot high picket fence.  On the bottom 2 feet, and buried another 2 feet into the ground we have small gauge hardware cloth wire.  This will prevent the rabbits from burrowing under the fence, and keep predators from digging in.  On top of the hardware cloth we have chicken wire, which extends up to the top of the fence.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

To the left we have a line of benches for human visitors to hang out with the bunnies.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

Rabbits love climbing, jumping and hiding!  We have nooks and crannies where they can hide, blocks to climb on and boxes to jump into.  In the planter boxes I planted some Timothy grass seeds, clovers have sprouted there on their own and I seeded some dandelions for the bunnies to munch on.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

I cut the bottoms out of two plant buckets and duct taped them together to make a tunnel for the buns to explore.  Bricks on either side keep it from rolling around.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

Our hutch is raised 2 feet off the ground, (click here to read how we built the base) leaving plenty of space to store supplies.  Their pellet feed is stored in a rodent proof metal can.

I keep litter, hay and cleaning supplies in a large plastic tote.  Having the hutch raised off the ground also keeps them safer from predators, keeps them drier when it rains and keeps them well out of snow drifts in the winter.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The lower level flooring is inexpensive ceramic tiles.  In addition to being easy to clean, the tiles help these fuzzy bunnies to stay cool in the summer.  Click here to read my tips for keeping Angoras cool in the summer. AND  Click here to see how we winterized our rabbits.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The hutch is plenty big enough for two bunnies to share.  Inside the hutch on the lower level we have their litter box and hay bin to the left.  Their feed bin is attached to the lower right hand door so it can swing out for easy filling.  Their water & ramp to the upper “sleeping” level are on the right.

We added an outdoor ramp for the bunnies to get from their hutch to their play yard on their own. We made it from some scrap plywood covered in two Dollar Store mats for traction.  The outdoor ramp is there only when their door is open for free play, otherwise we take it down to keep them safe from predators.  We ordered our hutch online and painted it to match our chicken coop.  Click here to see how we decorated it!

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The doors on the upper & lower level both have dual locks

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

The upper “bedroom” level.  On the floor we have a small rug.  When I add fresh hay to the hay bin, any old hay that is leftover from the previous day is taken out and put in here for them to nibble on as a midnight snack.  The hutch came with two ramps to access the upper level, one on the left and one on the right.  I didn’t want to sacrifice floor space on the lower level with two ramps so we removed the left ramp and covered the ramp doorway with wire (as seen above) to encourage airflow up there.

Photo Tour of our Rabbit Yard

Thanks for stopping by, Luna & Willow have enjoyed showing off their home!


21 comments

  1. janet says:

    My rabbits saw this post and now I have a long list of improvements to make to the rabbit area on our farm! Seriously, though, this is a very nice setup and I can see you put a lot of time and effort into it.

  2. Pam says:

    I saw you had two rabbits in the same run. I have not had any success putting any two together. What are your thoughts. I even tried leaving a kit with mom, but when she was mature mom started fighting with her. Are yours spayed or nutured?

    • Liz says:

      Both my rabbits are female and they are not spayed. They are not biological sisters, but we got them from the same breeder and they were born within a week of each other so they have been together since we brought them home at 8 weeks. They get along really well and other than an occasional dominance display I have never seen them fight. Did your rabbits have a large enough space? I have read that can be a major factor in colony raising rabbits (raising multiple rabbits together). If they don’t have a large run it can lead to fighting

      • Pam says:

        Could have been space was too small. They each had their own cage but run area was 4 ft by 12 ft.

        The mother and another female I let run back yard (which is 20 ft by 30ft fenced area). They also grappled w/tuff of hair flying. Both are friendly sweet on there own. So that’s where I stopped trying. I just let one out at a time for exercise.

        What do you think would happen if I kept 2 females from same litter, I wonder if they would share space? Also when more than one rabbit is in an area they don’t seem to use their litter box. Is that true with your buns?

    • Liz says:

      The top is open on ours, it is something I would love to completely enclose at some point just for peace of mind. But I also have a fenced in yard and live in an area with few predators (and I can’t even remember the last time I saw a stray cat about)

  3. Sophia milvae says:

    I usually don’t agree with rabbits being housed outdoor because of all the risks but you thought of everything! perfect set up 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! I know this is an old post, but I’m planning an outdoor area for our 3 rabbits in a corner of our yard. (They have a large house/pen in our garage they are in at night.) I’m trying to decide how to keep them from digging out. My area is surrounded by our house on two sides and the patio on another, so only one side is truly open. Did you put hardware cloth in the ground on the sides near your house or only the open sides? I’m just not sure if I’ll end up with bunnies digging under house! Thanks! I lovebirds your set up!

    • Liz says:

      Thank you! I didn’t bury it fully along the sides of my house – just in about a foot or so so that the corners would be fully covered. Although I am thinking of doing it this year because this spring they decided to start digging right along the side of my sunroom and apparently there is some pink insulation on the outside of the foundation that they keep tearing off! I also make sure to inspect the holes daily and I fill in any that are along or near the open sides. It’s been over 4 years now and I’ve not had anyone escape yet!

  5. Tracy Miller says:

    I really like your setup, thanks for posting. I have my bunnies, two female inside. The hutch was not sturdy, and one other escaped and disappeared. I often think they would love to be outside.

  6. Laura says:

    How did you potty train them? We have ours outside and they poop all over the grass. Not sure what to do for winter with this happening.

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