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The Best Hutches for Your Rabbits
Provide a secure environment for your rabbits with a well-built rabbitry. Rabbit-raising expert Bob Bennett has built more than a few hutches over the years, and he shares his plans for designing and building efficient facilities for sheltering backyard rabbits in safety and comfort, whether it's just two or as many as one hundred. If you're interested in growing into a large-scale commercial operation, Bennett will help you begin your expansion, too. Profiles of rabbit owners across the United States offer first-hand accounts of successful housing projects, lessons learned from those that were less successful, and inside glimpses of innovative methods and unique facilities.
Create a safe, sanitary, and efficient home for your rabbits. In this informative guide, Bob Bennett provides clear step-by-step instructions for building attractive all-wire hutches of all sizes, with additional tips for adding the necessary accessories like feeders, watering systems, nest boxes, and fencing. From the direction a hutch door should swing to proper ventilation and protection from predators, Bennett covers everything you need to know to create a housing structure that will help promote a healthy and productive rabbit-raising operation.
This is the definitive guide to safe, sanitary, and efficient facilities for your rabbits. Bennett provides clear, step-by-step instructions for building all-wire hutches and the necessary accessories, including feeders, watering systems, nest boxes, and surrounding shelters and fencing. He includes building plans for both small- and large-scale facilities, as well as guidelines for making your rabbit housing as attractive as it is functional. From the direction a hutch door should swing to how to ensure proper ventilation and protection from predators, this reference covers everything you need to know to create a healthy, productive rabbit-raising operation.
About the Author
Bob Bennett is the author of six books on rabbit raising, including Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has served as the editor of Rabbits magazine, has been a contributing editor to Countryside magazine, and is the founder of Domestic Rabbits and a past director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Bennett lives in Vermont, where he has raised rabbits for more than 50 years.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Planning Your Rabbitry
A Brief History
Chapter Two: Building All-Wire Hutches
Choosing Welded Wire
Sizing the Hutch
Planning the DoorPlan: Easy Wire Hutch
Multiple HutchesPlan: 10 Small Hutches
Plan: Top-Opening Hutch
Chapter Three: Outfitting the Hatch
Types of Feeders
Installing a Watering System
The Best Nest BoxPlan: Wire Nest Box with Flanges
Plan: Wire Nest Box without Flanges
Building Your Own Carrying Cage
Chapter Four: Sheltering a Backyard Rabbitry
Simple Three-Wall Structures
Fencing All Around
Chapter Five: Building and Outfitting a Big Operation
Heating and Cooling
Chapter Six: Tools, Equipment, and Routines