Rabbit hutches refer to the cages where rabbits are kept, though rabbit hutches can also accomodate chickens and other small animals. Rabbit hutches usually use materials like wood and wire mesh for its structure, though there are some that are made of metal and hard plastic.
In general, rabbit hutches have floors that are made of either wooden boards, wire mesh, or a combination of both materials. The walls are the same, though there is usually at least one wall that is completely made of wire mesh to give the animal inside ventilation.
Outdoor hutches have shingled roofs or other kinds of roofs to protect the rabbits from the weather. Indoor hutches are usually fine with being just a box-type hutch, and there is no longer any need for fancy or functional roofs.
The important thing to remember about designing a rabbit hutch is that it is important to consider the rabbit’s comfort. Rabbit hutches should be big enough to allow the rabbit to hop around several paces, stretch out, and stand on their hind legs.
The rabbit should be able to recline without any of its sides hitting the sides of the wall. The rabbit should also be able to stand on its hind legs without its ears brushing the ceiling of the hutch. The hutch’s length depends on how far your rabbit can hop – the hutch should be long enough that the rabbit won’t bump into the end of the hutch when it hops three or four times.
Generally, rabbit hutches are made bigger than what the rabbit requires for when the rabbit grows larger in size in the future. The rabbit hutch would be wasted if the rabbit outgrows it. The floor should also have boards on it, so that the rabbit will be able to walk around or lie down without becoming sore from all the wire mesh.