Are you looking for a cheap and easy way to house your rabbits? Most traditional rabbit hutches are built from thick wood and wire. These hutches are often heavy, hard to move and take a beating from the elements if left outside too long. Water damage is common with many outdoor wooden rabbit hutches. Thankfully, there are a lot of alternative materials we can use to build a cozy home for your rabbit. Why not try building a simple PVC rabbit hutch?
The Benefits of PVC
PVC pipe is lightweight so you can easily move your hutch around, making it more convenient than a heavy wooden hutch. A Pvc rabbit hutch stands up well against rain and won’t warp. PVC is a great building material because it can easily be fastened together to build a hutch in any size or shape. I like to use 1 1/2 inch pvc pipe.
Build a frame for the hutch out of pipe. 2 feet by 3.5 feet is a good size for one rabbit. You can cut the PVC with a hack saw or ratchet cutter. Fasten the lengths of pipe with fittings to create the structure of your pvc rabbit hutch. The legs of your hutch should be at least 3 feet long to keep your pet away from predators. They can also be made of plastic pipe.
Attach cage wire to the inside of your PVC rabbit hutch with thin pieces of wire. Bailing wire ore cage wire works best. Fold the wire in on itself and make sure there are no sharp pieces poking into the cage. Wrap all of the cage wire on the rabbit side of the pipe so the rabbits don’t chew on the PVC.
Accessorize! Make sure you have a cover over the top of your PVC rabbit hutch so your pet is safe from harsh weather. Add a scrap of carpet to one part of the floor so your rabbit has a nice place to sleep. You can also install trays to catch rabbit droppings for easy clean-up if this is an indoor hutch. See the image above for an example. Add food and water dishes and voila! You have a new PVC rabbit hutch!
Remember. . .
As always, remember to keep your rabbit safe if you decide to build this hutch outside. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sun and make sure your rabbit’s water dish is always full with cool, clean water. Be sure to place your PVC rabbit hutch away from predators.
If you have any pictures of your own pvc rabbit hutch or tips to help other build theirs, please send them in and we’ll post the best ones!