*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 🙂
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.
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.
To the left we have a line of benches for human visitors to hang out with the bunnies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The doors on the upper & lower level both have dual locks
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.
Thanks for stopping by, Luna & Willow have enjoyed showing off their home!