It had been three years since we built our bunny and soil enhancer, Rue, an awesome outdoor hutch for her to live in. Three years of wear and tear had left this hutch a little worse for wear, so we decided this was the year we would build her a new one. This one would be bigger and better! So, we began on our task. This project was completed with 75% recycled materials!
The first step was to secure the base of the hutch as we know our Rue loves to dig! We decided to use patio stones this time since in the last hutch, after three years, the chicken wire keeping Rue from digging herself an extension had began to rust and weaken. The main house piece was an experiment in bike trailers, flipped upside down.
We then added another wing onto this section for more running room and to accommodate a ramp to the inside portion.
Our neighbor donated some old stucco wire he no longer had a use for and as this was much stronger than our alternative- chicken wire, we arched it around the structure. This allowed us to make the roof tall enough to fit in the ramp while keeping it strong to withstand the pressures of snow piling on top.
We nailed in wood slats on one section of the south side to create a shaded area for the summer months.
An angled upper house portion was built to create a snugger cuddle spot for the winter. Only half of the top of this structure is for Rue, the other half is planned to support a small attached greenhouse.